In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to post a Cool Whip Salad.  You might think that that is a strange post for Mother’s day, but I think that it is the perfect post.  This is the perfect recipe for an overwhelmed, busy mother!  Cool Whip Salad was my mother’s go to dish when she needed something quick for a family, church, or other gathering.  I remember thinking that it didn’t seem like she put much thought into it when I saw others dishes that had been brought that other people had spent hours making.  Now I understand that when you have 8 children, a husband, live on a farm, have a job, and everything else that she had to do, that you are lucky to get anything made at all and then get to the gathering with the dish.  I really liked (and still do) the cool whip salad.  Some people make it without the cottage cheese, but I do like it with the cottage cheese.  Another thing that I really like about Cool Whip Salad is that you can change the flavor of the jello, and add different fruits to make it a different salad.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.  I love and miss you.  And Happy Mother’s Day to all of the other Mother’s out there!  Just remember four simple ingredients and you will have an amazing salad.   You can use any kind of fruit and any kind of jello, but peach is our very favorite with mandarin oranges.   My mom use to do strawberry and fruit cocktail because that is what we had on hand, but I don’t really enjoy fruit cocktail too much any more.  You can add bananas if you like as well, right before you serve the salad.  I don’t because bananas don’t like me!  Ya pretty rude right, I like them!!!

I would love to hear from any of you that actually had some of my mother’s “famous Cool Whip Salad” or from any of you that had Cool Whip Salad growing up.  What was your mother’s go to dish?


Cool whip Salad
Recipe Type: Dessert, Salad
Author: Amy
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Serves: 10 people
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool whip
  • 1 (3 ounce) package peach jello
  • 1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
  • 2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  1. In a medium bowl, mix Cool whip, jello, and cottage cheese.
  2. Fold in the mandarin oranges.
  3. Enjoy!


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