Quick & Easy Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

Woodsy Girl

By
@WoodsyGirl

This is SO EASY! It literally takes 10 minutes to prepare...5 if you don't decorate the top. No boiling water necessary! I frequently bring this to potlucks where I rarely have leftovers. I've seen other recipes with additional ingredients, but the simple flavor combination of this recipe always wins rave reviews. I don't remember who taught me how to make this dish, but whoever you are, THANK YOU!


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Rating:

Serves:

8 - 10

Prep:

10 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

1
24 oz carton cottage cheese (i use small curd)
2
3 oz boxes orange-flavored gelatin (or one large box)
4 oz
whipped topping (half an 8 oz tub)
2
small cans mandarin orange slices in light syrup, drained (or 1 large can, drained)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the cottage cheese with the Jello. Mixture will be a little grainy due to undissolved sugar (you can stir it until it dissolves, but I never do and it comes out fine - sugar will usually dissolve during refrigeration, but if it doesn't, it's no big deal).
2
Fold in the whipped topping until evenly incorporated. Don't get too vigorous with this as it's possible to stir out all the loft in the topping.
3
Make sure the oranges are well drained (if you're frugal you can use the juice to flavor/sweeten something else). OPTIONAL - Reserve several orange sections for decoration - (I usually pull out 16 well-formed slices). Next, gently stir the remaining fruit into the Jello mixture until well distributed. Remember, don't over-do it or you'll lose too much loft from the whipped topping and the dish will be runny.
4
Transfer mixture to serving dish, smooth top and (OPTIONAL) arrange reserved orange sections in attractive design (I put a slice at each of the clock numbers, all facing the same direction, plus a "flower" of 4 in the center, usually facing the opposite direction from the numbered slices). Cover; refrigerate. Serve cold.
5
VARIATIONS
This can easily be made lower calorie or diabetic friendly by choosing dietetic options for the ingredients. Be forewarned, however, if you use a dietetic product for every option, you will probably be disappointed in the flavor.

If you want more of a Dreamsicle flavor, you can add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Low Sodium, Wheat Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids