This is an easy fruit salad recipe and people always ask for it.

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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, combine the oranges, pineapple and gelatin. Mix well and chill for 1/2 an hour.

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  • Add cottage cheese to fruit; stir to mix.

  • Gently fold in whipped topping; chill and serve.

Nutrition Facts

289.2 calories; 10.3 g protein; 41.2 g carbohydrates; 9.6 mg cholesterol; 350.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2007
I love this! My mother-in-law introduced it to me and it's a family favorite. We just mix everything together in one bowl, chill, and serve. I usually use sugar-free jello, fat-free cool whip and cottage cheese, and it's nearly as good without the guilt. I've seen a couple of comments about the gelatin... you DO NOT make the jello, you just mix the packet in. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/16/2005
This salad was ok tasting but the cottage cheese gave it a weird texture. I have found another recipe that had the taste I was expecting with a light and fluffy texture. ORANGE MANDARIN SALAD 1 lg. box orange Jello, 1 (6 oz.) can mandarin oranges,drain, save juice 1 c. Cool Whip. Prepare Jello using basic directions on box. Use mandarin juice for some of the water. Put in bowl deep enough to use electric mixer. Chill until partially jelled. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add mandarin oranges and Cool Whip. Chill and serve. Read More
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104 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/16/2005
This salad was ok tasting but the cottage cheese gave it a weird texture. I have found another recipe that had the taste I was expecting with a light and fluffy texture. ORANGE MANDARIN SALAD 1 lg. box orange Jello, 1 (6 oz.) can mandarin oranges,drain, save juice 1 c. Cool Whip. Prepare Jello using basic directions on box. Use mandarin juice for some of the water. Put in bowl deep enough to use electric mixer. Chill until partially jelled. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add mandarin oranges and Cool Whip. Chill and serve. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2007
I love this! My mother-in-law introduced it to me and it's a family favorite. We just mix everything together in one bowl, chill, and serve. I usually use sugar-free jello, fat-free cool whip and cottage cheese, and it's nearly as good without the guilt. I've seen a couple of comments about the gelatin... you DO NOT make the jello, you just mix the packet in. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Yummy salad Susie. I have made this several times using different flavors of gelatin and fruit. I have never tasted a bad combination. So experiment to find your favorites. I do cut back on the Cool Whip by about one-fourth. A little too sweet if the whole amount is used. Thanks for sharing:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2006
My mom has made this Orange Salad for many many years. I couldn't quite remember how to make it so I found your recipe. It is exactly like mom used to make and oh so delicious! Always has been a favorite of mine especially during the summer months. Excellent and highly recommended. Don't let the though of cottage cheese in the recipe scare you away! It is delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2006
I used sugar free jello sugar free Cool Whip and low fat cottage cheese (blended in a food processor to make it creamy). Very good for a low sugar dessert. My diabetic dad loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2002
this is a versital you use just about any flavor of gelatin you prefer Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2004
This didn't look too pretty but tasted really good. It didn't say to dilute the jello but I assumed you would make it according to package directions. I added the package directions hint of substituting part of the water with soda (I used diet orange and sugar free jello for my diabetic dad) and it was very tasty. I think the next time I make it I will blend the cottage cheese with the partially set jello then add the fruit and whipped topping. I might add some nuts and maybe coconut next time too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2012
Delicious! I've made it many times but couldn't remember the measurements today so I decided to go look it up. If you don't like the texture of cottage cheese you can use softened cream cheese that's been whipped til it's smooth. I like to throw in some chopped walnuts to mine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2003
This is home food for me - my mom used to make a similar dish every summer for us growing up. I don't know how many reunions she took this to. She used a blender to give the cottage cheese a smoother texture. I love this although my son prefers his jello just "plain please"... Read More
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