My mom has made this salad as long as I can remember. I mean like, WAY back in the day. As a mother of 10, she made what was quick, cheap and convenient. Many times that included various salads. Some of them, I can't believe she put in front of us. One in particular, was this heinous jello that had grated carrots and cabbage in it and some mayo concoction on the top. OMG. Tell me nobody else was subjected to this salad?!? I am just not much of a salad girl in general. A salad, to me, involves leafy greens, tons of veggies, some protein and well, you get my point. I have a couple of sisters who are the queens of "the salad". I believe there isn't a single salad they haven't tried making. You know those "salad luncheons" they used to have or maybe sometimes still do?? Yeah, that is my worst nightmare.
Anyway, this salad does use Cool Whip. I KNOW what is in it. I know some of you refuse to use it. That is fine, use heavy cream and sweeten it up and whip it up and you are good. I, however, am sharing this recipe just as my mom always made it. The good, the bad and the ugly! But how can you even argue with 4 ingredients? Convenient? Definitely
Feel free to change your jello flavor however you want. I remember her using mandarin oranges in this as well, instead of pineapple sometimes and sometimes she would leave the fruit part out all together. This will seem loose when you mix it together but it will firm up in the fridge. Just FYI.
You will need:
24 oz container of SMALL CURD cottage cheese
8 oz of cool whip (or use 1 cup of whipping cream and 1 tbsp. of powdered sugar and whip it up)
3 oz box of strawberry jello
20 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained. (save that juice!)
Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Umm, that is all. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
This is a perfect summer salad. If you are into that sort of thing and even though I loathe cottage cheese, I kind of am "in" to this one!
Your "can I get the number for salads anon for my sisters" Chefwannabe