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Orange Cottage Cheese Jello Salad

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Orange cottage cheese Jello salad is full of mandarin oranges and pineapple. It is creamy, nostalgic, and delicious. The final texture is more like a fluff salad than a wiggly jiggly Jello salad, and it is a perfect refreshing treat.

Small glass bowl with a serving of creamy orange jello salad with cottage cheese and pineapple, ready to eat.

This creamy orange cottage cheese Jello salad is perfect for picnics, family reunions, and barbecues. It is also a great refreshing treat when you need something sweet, but you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

If you like cottage cheese with fruit, this is a great way to take that pairing to the next level. Cottage cheese is having a bit of a moment right now.

You can find people using it as a way to add protein to everything from pancakes to ice cream. So it seems like a great time to bring back Jello salads with cottage cheese as well.

This retro treat is sure to bring back memories for you, especially if you grew up in the Midwest during a certain era. Even if you’ve never had it, this orange fluff is sure to have a nostalgic feel to you.

Tips and Tricks

This recipe uses Jello powder. Don’t add any water or anything. Just use the powder straight from the little envelope.

That is part of what makes this recipe great for summer. You don’t even need to boil water or anything.

Use a whole tub of cottage cheese. You can use small or large curd, whichever you prefer.

I like using a 24 oz. tub of cottage cheese because it keeps the salad from being too sweet. You can use a 16 oz. container if you want a sweeter salad.

Make sure your crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges are well drained. Too much juice left in the cans will make for a watery salad.

Feel free to experiment with different flavor combinations. Strawberry Jello is another great option.

For bolder orange flavor, use two boxes of Jello powder. Or you could add a second can of mandarin orange slices if you want more fruit.

Large mixing bowl filled with orange jello salad with cottage cheese, ready to go in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours.

You can use fresh whipped cream if you would like, but Cool Whip or other whipped toppings stay stable for longer. If making your own, just fold in a couple of cups of lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store jello salad with cottage cheese?

This cottage cheese dessert should be stored in the refrigerator. If you are serving it outside, put the serving bowl in a larger bowl of ice to keep it cold.

Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I haven’t tried freezing it, but I could imagine it being good as a frozen fruit salad as well.

Serving bowl with orange cottage cheese jello salad with chunks of mandarin orange showing.

Why is my Jello salad watery?

If you didn’t drain the cans of fruit well, the salad can get a little bit watery. Try and pour off a little bit of the excess liquid if you can.

If it was thick and then got watery, just give it a stir. That will likely fix it.

If stirring the jello salad doesn’t thicken it back up, there are other options. You can stir in some mini marshmallows or shredded coconut and return it back to the refrigerator for an hour or two.

That will help to soak up any extra liquid and add more sweetness. It will be delicious in no time!

Small glass bowl of orange jello salad in front of larger white serving bowl with more cottage cheese jello salad inside.

More Fun Fruity Recipes

Fruit salad with condensed milk takes fresh fruit and adds a simple creamy dressing. It is a great way to make yummy fruit even better.

Orange pretzel salad is an orange twist on the strawberry pretzel salad we grew up with. Or try five cup salad for a simple bowl of fruity sweetness.

Small spoon with a bite of orange cottage cheese jello salad on it, showing creamy texture and bits of fruit.

Ambrosia is a great classic fruit salad that is worth a try. You can mix and match your favorite fruits to make it your own.

Check out my collection of fruit salad recipes for more tasty inspiration.

Small glass bowl with a serving of creamy orange jello salad with cottage cheese and pineapple, ready to eat.

Orange Cottage Cheese Jello Salad

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Orange cottage cheese Jello salad is full of mandarin oranges and pineapple. It is creamy, nostalgic, and delicious. The final texture is more like a fluff salad than a wiggly jiggly Jello salad and it is a perfect refreshing treat.
4.75 from 4 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 24 oz cottage cheese
  • 3 oz orange jello powder
  • 14 oz mandarin oranges well drained
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple well drained
  • 8 oz Cool Whip or similar

Instructions
 

  • Put cottage cheese in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle jello powder over the top. Stir until uniform.
    24 oz cottage cheese, 3 oz orange jello powder
  • Add drained mandarin orange slices and crushed pineapple. Mix in.
    14 oz mandarin oranges, 20 oz crushed pineapple
  • Fold in defrosted whipped topping.
    8 oz Cool Whip
  • Chill for at least 2 hours. Stir before serving.

Notes

For a sweeter salad, use a 16 oz. tub of cottage cheese.
You can use fresh whipped cream in place of the Cool Whip. However, it won’t hold up for quite as long.
Experiment with different flavors of Jello.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 12gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 340mgPotassium: 290mgFiber: 2gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 542IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Andrea Nine

Monday 4th of September 2023

How refreshing! I can’t wait to make it!

Carlee

Monday 4th of September 2023

I hope you love it!