We have this every Thanksgiving at my husband's request. It's our spin on my mother-in-law's recipe. Hope you like it as much as we do!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the gelatin mix and cottage cheese until gelatin is dissolved; then fold in the whipped topping, mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, and pecans. Transfer to a greased mold, or cover and refrigerate in the bowl until set, at least 2 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

258.5 calories; 9.1 g protein; 27.7 g carbohydrates; 8.4 mg cholesterol; 274.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
One of DH's favorites. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2005
This was a nice change from the typical jello for Thanksgiving. Nice and light-even better left over! Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
One of DH's favorites. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2005
This was a nice change from the typical jello for Thanksgiving. Nice and light-even better left over! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
One of DH's favorites. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2010
We grew up eating Jello Salad and this is a great recipe. The only negative is that anytime Mandarin oranges are used the salad gets watery. Other than that there is a lot of flavor and textures in this salad. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2006
I usually leave out the maraschino cherries and nuts when I make this and it's always good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2011
This is a very good recipe that has been on here for many years with few reviews. Not sure how I found this recipe with the title of it but I am glad I did. I took this salad to a ladies dinner at church and came home with an empty bowl. I also made some in jell-o molds for my family. I used all the ingredients but halved the maraschino cherry amount. Make sure you drain your fruit really well. I did not cut the mandarin oranges in half they broke up nicely when I folded in the whipped topping. You could easily change up the jell-o flavor in this salad. Thanks bestrachan for sharing your Thanksgiving salad recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2009
My boyfriend and I loved this recipe! It wasn't as thick as I was hoping for it to be so the next time I make it I'll double the cottage cheese. Great dessert! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2006
this recipe has been a very popular one in my family for years however we like it with a little more texture so we double the cottage cheese. pretty darn close to perfect Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2007
My Grandmother has been making this salad for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. Everyone loves it! We affectionately refer to it as "Orange Stuff." Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2007
To cut the sweetness of this salad I usually leave out cherries and nuts add 2t lemon juice and add finely chopped celery.The flavor is excellent. Read More
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