Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad

"This is a light fruit salad that goes well with chicken or pork. The cottage cheese keeps it from being overly sweet. Please note prep time includes chilling time. Kids like this, too!"
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Ready In:




  • Mix together cottage cheese and dry jello.
  • Add the Cool Whip and mix thoroughly.
  • Add fruit cocktail and nuts (if desired) and mix.
  • Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

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  1. FYI - My aunt taught me to let the cottage cheese sit in a strainer for an hour or so, to let the milk separate from the cheese curds, then it will have a much better texture....less mushy and runny.
  2. We have tasted better fruit salads, and I blame it on dull fruit cocktail. Perhaps fresh fruit instead, like strawberries or raspberries, would have made it tastier, although no one seemed to care for the cottage cheese consistency either. Sorry, Terri, for being in the minority--just not for our taste buds.
  3. I made this for Thanksgiving and used oragne Jello and mandarin oranges. The kids and adults loved it.
  4. I go to a Friendship Program during the day and one day a staff member had wanted to make a recipe that a companion for one of the other clients had given her & low & behold it was that recipe I have been thinking about looking it up for quite a while now or asking the staff member who has the class for recipe swap but I keep forgetting to do it. Finally I have looked it up.
  5. When I was a kid, my mom always made this with strawberry jello and frozen (thawed and drained) strawberries for bbqs and get togethers and it was always a favorite. Its pretty versatile in that by using a certain flavor of jello and particular fruit you can make different flavors. Just be mindful of the fact that some fruits hold a lot of water and might make your salad runnier (bananas can do this, and grapes when cut in half as well as most types of melon- all secrete water over time) and some fruits have acids that will break down the cool whip and also make it more watery ( pineapples and oranges). Sometimes the canned versions are ok but I drained them well and then pat them dry lightly with a paper towel to reduce that effect.


  1. Subbed a cup of full fat sour cream plus 1/4 cup plain kefir for the Cool Whip to avoid the hydrogenated palm kernel oil (blech). Used parfait glasses and poured a layer of sugar-free orange gelatin mixed per usual instructions. Once it set, split a can of light syup drained mandarin oranges between the 4 glasses. Made the smush using sugar - free orange gelatin. Plenty sweet w/o so much empty carb. Pretty and filling Keeper. Will try w/peach gelatin and canned peaches next w/same layering.
  2. My grandma makes this with strawberry jello and crushed pineapple instead of fruit cocktail. I like it both ways and I always make sure to have some this fruit salad with my ham dinners, they go perfectly together.


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