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
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
In a large mixing bowl, stir together cottage cheese and orange jello.
Drain the mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits, adding to the mix. Save a couple of the mandarin oranges and pineapples to use as garnish.
Stir both into the mixture until combined.
Add Cool Whip and stir until blended well.
Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Serve in individual serving bowls.
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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- 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
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together cottage cheese and orange jello.
- Drain the mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits, saving a couple of the mandarin oranges and pineapples to use as garnish.
- Stir both into the mixture until combined.
- Add Cool Whip and stir until blended well.
- Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Serve in individual serving bowls.