Oh my gosh, I love this salad. My mother would make it for holidays, and as far as I was concerned, it was so good, it could be dessert. There is something wonderful about the smoothness of the jello with the bite of the cottage cheese and the crunch of the pecans. When I eat it today, it takes me back . . .
My mother's notes on this recipe say, from Mabel Graham through the JAC Wive's Club.
Dissolve jello in hot water. Add cold water and let cool in refrigerator until it thickens to a stiff syrup. (Really watch the jello to be sure that it doesn't set up. Mine turned to a syrup consistency in around an hour or maybe a little over an hour.)
In a separate bowl, add pineapple, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, and Eagle Brand milk, and nuts and mix together with electric mixer.
As soon as the jello begins to thicken, whip it well, and then add the other ingredients to the jello and mix well. Lightly grease (with spray) an 11X13 glass baking dish and pour in the jello mixture. Let set up at least 24 hours before serving. Cut into squares like brownies.
This gets even better as it sits a couple of days and the flavors meld. Ahh, the memories.