i dont know who comes up with these ideas. did someone look into their fridge and see a container of cottage cheese and then look in the freezer and see a container of cool whip and think, "mmmm what kind of dessert could i make with this?
maybe i just dont have a mind that works that way, but let me tell you, i am glad someone does because they came up with the idea to add jello and pineapple and you get this delicious summer time salad that is perfect for a picnic or bbq.
i had it for the first time many years ago at a friends house-i asked for the recipe and this is what she told me:
dump a container of cottage cheese into a bowl. sprinkle orange jello over it and stir. drain a can of crushed pineapple and stir into the cottage cheese/jello mixture. stir in the cool whip and allow to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
i had already eaten this salad when she told me the recipe-otherwise i would have just thought it sounded really gross. trust me, it is delcious. i am sure you could use any flavor of jello you wanted, but i love the orange. the pineapple adds a sweetness, but you really dont get an overwhelming flavor. it really tastes like a 50/50 bar or dreamsicle. yummy.
here is a more traditional version of the recipe:
1 16oz carton of cottage cheese
1 8oz carton of cool whip
1 20 oz can of pineapple, crushed or tidbits
1 box(regular size, i think its 3oz)of orange jello.
scoop cottage cheese into a large bowl. sprinkle jello into bowl and mix well. drain the pineapple and add to bowl and mix. spoon the cool whip into and mix until just combined. chill for at least 2 hours.