Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple & Cool Whip is the Perfect Dessert for a BBQ or Get-Together

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As long as I can remember, this Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip has been a staple for family get-togethers. Whether for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a fun back yard barbecue – this creamy delight has been a highlight of the meal and is loved by all! I love mandarin oranges and, of course, I love pineapple! This simple dessert combines 2 of my favorite fruits for a refreshing end to the meal. It is light and fruity, without being overly sweet. It’s the perfect dessert because you can make it ahead of time and let it be chilling in the fridge and it makes enough for a crowd. With only 5 ingredients, you just don’t get any easier than this!

Don’t let the cottage cheese scare you away! Even people that don’t like cottage cheese loves this simple dessert. You never actually taste the cottage cheese, as it is more of a texture thing. It is smooth, creamy delight that will tantalize your taste buds without the suffocating sweetness of rich desserts. However, if you are more of a “pie” family, you may want to try out our super easy Homemade Apple Pie!

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple & Cool Whip

Ingredients:

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip ingredients

Small (11 oz) can Mandarin Oranges, drained
Large (20 oz) can Pineapple tidbits, drained
1 large (24 oz) small curd cottage cheese
1 small box orange Jello
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions:

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip process

In a large mixing bowl, stir together cottage cheese and orange jello.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip process

Drain the mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits, adding to the mix. Save a couple of the mandarin oranges and pineapples to use as garnish.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip process

Stir both into the mixture until combined.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip process

Add Cool Whip and stir until blended well.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip

Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip

Serve in individual serving bowls.

Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip

Enjoy!

NOTES:

You can make this yummy dessert ahead of time on the same day it is to be served. If it is going to be a few hours, wait to mix with the Cool Whip until you right before you are ready to serve – otherwise it may water down.

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Mandarin Orange Salad with Pineapple and Cool Whip
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • Small (11 oz) can Mandarin Oranges
  • Large (20 oz) can Pineapple tidbits
  • 1 large (24 oz) small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 small box orange Jello
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together cottage cheese and orange jello.
  2. Drain the mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits, saving a couple of the mandarin oranges and pineapples to use as garnish.
  3. Stir both into the mixture until combined.
  4. Add Cool Whip and stir until blended well.
  5. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Serve in individual serving bowls.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
You can make this yummy dessert ahead of time on the same day it is to be served. If it is going to be a few hours, wait to mix with the Cool Whip until you right before you are ready to serve - otherwise it may water down.

 

Comments

  1. So easy to make. I love the Mandarin oranges.I think I would leave the cottege cheese out.

  2. Cindy S. says:

    This sounds so light and delicious. After a BBQ, we often want dessert but feel to full! This looks like a wonderful option. Just pinned.

  3. This looks so delicious! Id love to try this especially with the warm weather coming

  4. I never thought to put Mandarin oranges and pineapple together. This looks yummy and cool for summer. Cool Whip on anything is good to me. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Michelle S says:

    This looks wonderful for an addition to grilled food. I typically do the the waldorf salad but this would be a good substitute.

  6. Lauryn R says:

    Yummy! I have had this type of fruit salad before and absolutely loved it. I have never tried making it myself though, I can’t wait to try it! It will be perfect for the hot months ahead. đŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  7. Omg what a nice cool treat for the warm days ahead

  8. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This looks and sounds delicious, the perfect Spring or Summer dessert.

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