Cranberry Cottage Cheese Salad

Total Time
4hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This is a wonderful jello salad to serve with turkey. The whipped cream topping is not too sweet. This is a Thanksgiving tradition in our family since the 1960s.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dissolve jello in hot water and add lemon juice.
  2. Chill until slightly thickened.
  3. Whip cranberry sauce and add with cottage cheese and sour cream to jello.
  4. Pour into buttered 9 inch ring mold.
  5. Chill until set.
  6. Whip cream and add soften cream cheese.
  7. Stir in marshmellows and sherry.
  8. Let stand in refrigerator 2 to 3 hours.
  9. Unmold salad on a plate.
  10. Fill the center of the salad with the Cream Cheese dressing.


Most Helpful

Tagged this recipe because it reminded me of a similar one my mom used to make way back in the distant past! I did, however, change a couple of things ~ Used a larger box of jello, use a bit less hot water than called for, & let the cottage cheese drain through a strainer overnight before using it! I also used a can of whole berry cranberry sauce, & it all came together very nicely, just as it always did for my mom! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this Spring's round of Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike April 07, 2012

This recipe did not turn out for me, but we still used it. When I added the cheese, sour cream and cranberries it never became firm. Those three ingredients add up to 3 1/2 cups of soft ingredients added to a small box of Jell-O. So when we took the mold out several hours later did not work, it was just very soft but not soupy. I believe the problem is with the size of Jell-O, it should have been the larger 6-ounce box. Then I feel it would have had a better chance of getting firm and unmolding. I carefully spooned the topping on top of the salad in the bowl and off we went for Thanksgiving dinner. The salad still tasted fine and no one cared that it was soft. We just gave thanks to God that we were with family and had food on our table.

Charlotte J November 28, 2005

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