Desserts/ Recipes

Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad

cottage cheese fruit salad

Have you ever had Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad? No? Well you need to whip some up today! This beautiful fruit salad is so delicious and easy to make! Also very easy to make Weight Watcher or Sugar Free friendly! I have many wonderful, childhood memories connect to this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad (my mom always called it Cottage Cheese Jello Salad – don’t let the word “jello” scare you away! It really is delicious!). Each year for Easter dinner, my mom would make this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad and I remember sneaking bites of it out of the bowl before she placed it on the table. I absolutely loved this as a kid, and nothing has changed over the years!

cottage cheese fruit salad

Not only is Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad delicious, fast, and easy, but it is also another great vintage recipe. Don’t you just love vintage recipes? I love making them for all of the wonderful memories they bring back. This recipe is one my Granny made every year and then passed down to my mom who continued the tradition. Now I continue the tradition of making this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad each year. I even make it over the spring and summer for a fast and refreshing dessert. This fruit salad would even make a great recipe for a little girl’s birthday party with the fun and beautiful pink color!

cottage cheese fruit salad

Let’s get our aprons on, turn up the tunes, and start making this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad! You’ll be shocked at how simple and easy this recipe is!

Start out by adding eight ounces of thawed whipped topping (Cool Whip) to a large mixing bowl. Use a spatula to break up any pieces of the whipped topping that may still be slightly frozen. I used regular whipped topping but sugar free or fat free can be used for a lower calorie, lower sugar option.

cottage cheese fruit salad

Once the whipped topping has been added to the mixing bowl, add in twenty four ounces of small curd cottage cheese. I chose to use Fat Free Cottage Cheese, but any can be used.

cottage cheese fruit salad

Now that the cottage cheese has been added to the whipped topping, add in twenty ounces of crushed pineapple. I did not drain the can before adding it. I love the extra flavor the pineapple juice gives this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad.

cottage cheese fruit salad

After the crushed pineapple has been added to the Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad, give everything a careful stir to combine well.

cottage cheese fruit salad

Now it’s time to add in 3.4 ounces of strawberry jello! Remember, you’re just using the jello powder – not prepared jello. The strawberry jello gives this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad a delicious strawberry flavor as well as a beautiful, bright pink color.

cottage cheese fruit salad

Time to stir in that strawberry jello powder! Be sure to stir well because you want to make sure this jello combines with all of the other ingredients so that there aren’t any pockets of dry powder in your Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad!

cottage cheese fruit salad

Time to taste and see how delicious this cottage cheese jello salad is! Now spoon some into a pretty dessert dish and indulge! This would be a great recipe for your kiddos to help you make and eat! I promise they will love it!

Thank you for joining me today in my Speedy Spatula kitchen! I hope you loved the simplicity of this recipe and will share with me if you give it a try!

cottage cheese fruit salad

Happy eating my friends!


cottage cheese fruit salad
5 from 1 vote

Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad

A fast and easy vintage recipe - great for Easter! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20 -1/2 cup servings
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula


  • 8 oz Whipped Topping thawed
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple with juice
  • 3.4 oz strawberry jello just the powder
  • 24 oz small curd cottage cheese


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well. 

  2. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Sugar Free Jello and Whipped Topping can be used along with fat free cottage cheese to create a lower sugar option. Fat free whipped topping along with fat free cottage cheese can be used to create a low fat option. Full fat and sugar ingredients can be used for the classic option. Please note: The crushed pineapple should be canned in pineapple juice - not pineapple syrup. 

Shared at Weekend Potluck

Shared at Meal Plan Monday

Also shared at Foodie Friday Link Party

View at Full Plate Thursday

Also view at What’s for Dinner

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  • Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    May 13, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I love vintage recipes – I even collect old cookbooks! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a wonderful week.

    • Reply
      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      May 19, 2019 at 9:55 am

      My mom and Granny have been making this for years – I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember! Vintage recipes are the best!

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    May 14, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    5 stars
    I love this Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad and haven’t had it in a while, now I much make some, it looks so good!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      May 19, 2019 at 9:56 am

      This is a childhood favorite of mine! Seems like an odd combination but it is so delicious!

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