I did all the water together, hot. Then added jello and cream cheese to hot water and blended with a whisk. I added the pineapple and juice to the hot blend mixture and refrigerated. I didn't add nut because me son doesn't like them. I used lite cream cheese and sugar free jello and pineapple. So good, so easy!
I have made this Jello Salad, often. However, instead of Pineapple I added cut canned pears and saved some of pear juicve and used some of this for my liquids for my jello. Also, I used walnuts, instead of pecans. I have used strawberry jello and used frozen strawberries and walnuts, as well. They were all a hit with my family everytime that I made this salad. Thank you for the recipe. It brings back fond memories now, since my children are grown.