It’s the season of potlucks and backyard barbecues.
So that means you need an arsenal of easy desserts, salads and side dishes you can whip up in a snap.
JELL-O Mandarin Orange Salad is a potluck two-fer: it works as a dessert or a salad. And making a batch is as easy as opening up some cans, tubs and boxes, then pouring and stirring.
It’s also perfectly suited to outdoor parties where you want a light and fresh dessert, instead of something rich and heavy that will weigh you down.
Plus, it’s kind of a potluck tradition to bring a JELL-O salad, at least here in the South.
When you make this Mandarin orange salad, be sure to give it a little chill time in the fridge before serving. It’s so much better served cold, after the flavors have had time to meld.
- 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 small can crushed pineapple or pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 package orange-flavored gelatin
- 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 12 ounces cottage cheese
- Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate before serving.
If you’re making this for a crowd, you’ll probably want to double (or triple) the recipe.
Feel free to lighten things up by using oranges and pineapples in their own juice, sugar-free gelatin and low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese and whipped topping.
I personally think Mandarin orange salad is a pretty tasty breakfast, too.
If you’re looking for other potluck-friendly recipes, you may wan to try these.
And don’t forget to pin this Mandarin orange salad recipe to save for your next potluck.