Rating: 4.63 stars
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

A friend taught me to make this years ago - without a recipe. It is very quick and easy. The sweet, creamy salad is great as a cool, refreshing side dish or dessert.

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prep:
5 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, blend the thawed frozen whipped topping, mandarin oranges, cottage cheese and orange flavored gelatin mix. Chill in the refrigerator 2 to 3 hours before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 14.6g; carbohydrates 32.6g; fat 13.9g; cholesterol 14.9mg; sodium 483.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (28)

27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2012
One container of cottage cheese is plenty for this salad. I like to triple the oranges in this salad and I add one bag of mini marshmallows to help soak up some of the "juice" that comes when this salad sits. My husband swore up and down that he didn't like "fluffy" salads until he tried this one and ate three bowls, back to back. Read More
(35)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2005
Great recipe! My mom makes this every year during the holidays. She also adds crushed pineapple, it makes it extra good!And, she puts some of the mandarin oranges on top!I actually made it this year and my kids can't wait to eat it. Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Thanks for sharing Linda. This salad is yummiest with apricot jello and some added crushed pineapple. Its quick and easy for buffets and church suppers if you need a last minute dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
I'm always on the look-out for healthy snacks I can prepare for my children. My son and I both enjoyed this dessert very much. Instead of the mandarin oranges I used canned peaches chopped and drained. I have made this in the past using peach gelatin and it's delicious. I used fat-free cottage cheese and fat-free cool whip. I will definitely make this again. Thanks Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2010
This is a hit at any party. I also take this to funerals as it can be dropped off the night before. Never come home with leftovers. Strawberry is also a hit Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2009
This is comfort food. My family made jello salads for every family outing during my years at home. My mom used to use a blender to smooth out out the texture and then add the fruit. I love dishes like this - 5 minutes to put together! I recommend using small curd cottage cheese. I used fat-free cottage cheese and sugar-free whipped topping. Unfortunately I didn't have any mandarin oranges on hand - and it was fine without. This had 2-3 hours to set but could have used a little more. Enjoy everyone - and thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2007
Update: Made this again for a luncheon this time I added marshmallows to it (posted pic). Original review: I used this recipe but kind of combined it with another recipe that I had. I was a little nervous about putting the powdered gelatin in with the other stuff and not actually making the jello per say (ie boiling the water). But it actually turned out really well! I subbed the cottage cheese for 8 oz. of sour cream and added cherries & crushed pineapple. My 3yo is calling this 'shark salad' since we got the other recipe with the cherries and cr. pineapple from the kids section of our local newspaper and the section was about sharks LOL! (: Thanks for the post! My 3yo had like 5 bowls through the day! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2003
This is a very easy and delicious recipe to make. You can also make different flavors by changing the Jell-O flavor and adding different fruits. I am a big fan of mandarin oranges so this was super yummy to me! Thanks so much Linda! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
This has been a favorite of mine for years! It's so quick and easy. I use it for a lot of church potlucks! Read More
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