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Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad

My wife and I love tropical fruits.  I enjoy all types of fruit, but by far, pineapple is my favorite.  There is something about this bright, fresh, yellow fruit that feels like a sweet sea breeze.  In addition to my love of pineapple, my bride adores anything with even the slightest hint of coconut.  From lotions to candles, the rich smell of coconut often fills our house, and the taste makes her happy.  As you can image, the combination of the two in any form, such as in my favorite dump cake, quickly becomes a hit around our home, and thus, we both really enjoy this Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad. 

What is Fluffy Fruit Salad?

My mother used to make many different variations of fluffy fruit salads.  All were an interesting combination of fruit, gelatin, and whipped topping.  Many also included marshmallows or cottage cheese.  These salads were cool and delicious.  They make a great dessert or even a side dish for certain meals.  In addition, they make a great quick, easy snack, particularly when you are taking a break from the summer sun.

 

Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad Ingredients

Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad
Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad
  • 12 ounce of whipped topping
  • 24 ounces of cottage cheese
  • 5 ounces of mini marshmallows
  • 2 small packages of orange gelatin (0.3 ounces each)
  • 1 cup of grated coconut
  • 20 ounce can of pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 16 ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained

 

Note: I use light whipped topping and cottage cheese to limit the overall fat content.

 

Why Cottage Cheese?

Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad
jjo Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad

If you have tasted plain cottage cheese and you don’t care for it, don’t let that shape your opinion of this recipe.  Cottage Cheese easily adopts flavor, and in this particular mix, it vanishes into the background.  The sweet fruits take front and center; however, the cottage cheese brings with it a significant benefit, because it is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.  The added calcium and nutrients provide an extra benefit to the dish. 

If you just cannot acquire an interest in the cottage cheese, no worries.   Substitute additional whipped topping in place of the cottage cheese. 

Directions for Fluffy Tropical Salad

Drain all the juice from the pineapple and orange cans.  Thoroughly mix all ingredients.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.  I personally recommend chilling overnight to ensure that the gelatin sets. 

Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad

Fluffy Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce of whipped topping
  • 24 ounces of cottage cheese
  • 5 ounces of mini marshmallows
  • 2 small packages of orange gelatin (0.3 ounces each)
  • 1 cup of grated coconut
  • 20 ounce can of pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 16 ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • Note: I use light whipped topping and cottage cheese to limit the overall fat content.

Instructions

  1. Drain all the juice from the pineapple and orange cans.
  2. Thoroughly mix all ingredients.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  4. I personally recommend chilling overnight to ensure that the gelatin sets.
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Alternative Fluffy Salads

Fluffy Fruit Salad
Fluffy Peach Strawberry Salad

If you prefer different flavor combinations, you can alter the fruits and the gelatin to your personal taste.  For example, in this picture, I used canned peaches and strawberry gelatin.  Since the peaches are rather large, I cut them into smaller bites, similar to the size of the pineapple tidbits.  This helps the flavors blend around better. 

If you are not the big fan of tropical fruits that the Zimmermans are, no worries, you can still enjoy this dish!  Consider your favorite fruit flavors and get creative. 

 

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