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This creamy, dreamy Cottage Cheese Jello Salad is one of my favorite treats once the weather turns warm in the spring and summer. It’s perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and family reunions!

This creamy, dreamy Cottage Cheese Jello Salad is one of my favorite treats once the weather turns warm in the spring and summer.  It's perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and family reunions!

This recipe has the potential to be the most divisive one I’ve posted here on House of Nash Eats. It seems to be one of those things you either love or you hate. I love it. My husband can’t stand the stuff. His loss, my gain, I say.

I grew up with this cottage cheese jello salad at every family reunion and potluck. I don’t remember it ever having a name – we just called it “the pink stuff” or “the orange stuff” depending on the color at the time. But it was always the offering I went back for over, and over, and over, loading up my plate with giant spoonfuls of the stuff.

An image of a bowl of fluffy pink cottage cheese jello salad.

I’m a HUGE fan of cottage cheese, especially with fruit. One of my favorite snacks since I was a kid was just a bowl of cottage cheese with sliced pears. It’s so good and quick and easy! And healthy too!

This is a perfect sweet treat for your Easter dinner table, but it’s great served all year long. We always had it for 4th of July, Labor Day BBQ’s, and any other potluck or family reunion gathering in Idaho where all my mom’s family is from.

An image of a bowl of strawberry jello salad with cottage cheese, garnished with strawberry halves. An image of a bowl of fluffy pink strawberry jello salad, garnished with strawberry halves.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Jello Salad

One of the best things about this quick and easy recipe is that you don’t even need to measure anything.

You literally just combine a can of drained crushed pineapple (don’t forget to drain the juice off or your salad will end up soupy), a carton of cottage cheese, and a box of your favorite Jello flavor.

Then fold in a tub of Cool Whip until combined and pop it in the fridge for an hour!

An image of the ingredients for making cool, creamy cottage cheese jello salad.  An image of cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and strawberry jello gelatin in a bowl.  An image of cool whip being added to a bowl of cottage cheese, jello, and pineapple for an easy summer dessert salad.

I would say it’s a one-bowl recipe, except I always mix it in a larger bowl, then transfer it to a smaller serving bowl for a cleaner, prettier presentation. I think this is best alongside a burger, chips, and baked beans. It really goes with anything, but those flavors are forever entwined in my memory of summertime!

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This creamy, dreamy Cottage Cheese Jello Salad is one of my favorite treats once the weather turns warm in the spring and summer.  It's perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and family reunions!
Yield: 8 servings

Cottage Cheese Jello Salad

This creamy, dreamy Cottage Cheese Jello Salad is one of my favorite treats once the weather turns warm in the spring and summer.  It's perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and family reunions!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 oz.) package jello, any flavor
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (16 oz.) container cottage cheese
  • 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions

  1. Combine cottage cheese, pineapple, and gelatin in a bowl, stirring well.
  2. Fold the Cool Whip in with the other ingredients until combined.  Try not to overmix and deflate the Cool Whip.
  3. Transfer to a clean serving bowl, then cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 26gSugar: 22gProtein: 8g