Monday, August 24, 2009

Pretty in Pink Summer Fruit Salad

I've been in a food rut the last several weeks. A combination of the heat, busy-ness, and pure unadulterated laziness have contributed to a steady diet of the same few things over and over again. I finally decided to break my boredom streak by making a luscious sweet summer dish that can double as a fruit salad and as a light dessert. It's quick and easy, and be dressed up or down to meet almost any one's taste or budget.

  • 1 large or two small containers of cottage cheese
  • 1 small container cool whip
  • 1 pkg jello, any flavor (I nearly always use strawberry, no matter what fruit I use)
  • fresh, canned, or frozen fruit of your choice
In a large mixing bowl, mix together cottage cheese and jello powder
Stir together until well blended
Add cool whip or other whipped topping

Stir together until the dark pink is completely blended

Add fruit of your choice.
If you use canned or thawed frozen fruit, be sure to drain it. I really really really like sliced fresh strawberries in this, but they looked terrible at the store so I stuck with canned fruit cocktail and sliced peaches, but into smaller chunks. Maybe not just as good as with fresh strawberries, but still well worth making.

You are supposed to chill until time to serve,but I usually eat my first bowlful right away.

Yes, I know that's a margarita glass, but I got it at a lady's luncheon where it was used as a dessert dish, and I use it for that, as well. And since it's the only one I have, I use it as a special "I-feel-like-eating-something-light-and-fluffy-and-pink-and-ladylike" dessert glass.

And since I'm the only one in my family who eats this particular fruit salad (cause they think they don't like cottage cheese), it gets a real work-out when I make this.

And yes, except for the cottage cheese-container-full that I took to my parents, I ate the whole bowl. In two days. For dessert. And snacks. And breakfast.

It has cottage cheese and fruit in it, it has to be good for you, right?

This recipe is being linked to:

Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
at Blessed with Grace

Until next time, good cooking and good eating!


  1. Yum! That looks tasty! It reminds me of the Pistachio Fluff I like. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What an interesting way to make a fruit salad, sure it looks delicious!

  3. This is a favorite of ours! I love serving desserts in barware and do it quite often. Love how you served yours in the margarita glass.

  4. My mom always makes jello salads like that....I hardly every do. But the kids LOVE them and that makes grandma the BOMB!!! :)

  5. A friend used to make this all the time for church potlucks before she moved up north. It's delicious!


  6. Oh, I would eat the entire bowl, if I made that. I will save it for when we have guests. Then, I can eat half of the bowl!

  7. My grandma used to make this....we called it THE PINK STUFF. So good!!

  8. I used to have this all the time when I was a kid, I love this stuff!

  9. WOW!!! I think my grand-daughters would love helping my make the YUMMY!!! salad. It sounds easy and refreshing. THanks - Geri

  10. Reminds me of something my grandmother used to make. Yum. Thanks for the memory and recipe.

  11. Thanks for reminding me of this. I'm glad to get reaquainted with it.I would love to invite you to join me for Crock Pot Wednesday at Please come check it out. Thanks so much for posting.

  12. I have made this and it is so good. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  13. A dessert or a salad -- and it looks so pretty and pink!

  14. This looks so pretty and refreshing. This is a wonderful fruit salad.

  15. This sounds easy, cool and refreshing. The margarita glass really was a nice presentation! Thanksfor sharing.

  16. Looks amazing -- I would just smile and say "Of course you don't like cottage cheese!" Who really want's to share this anyway?