Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mandarin Orange Salad

I am quickly putting this on the blog because I had it at a luncheon yesterday and loved it...

And then spent the afternoon in the ER with my beloved son-in-law who ran the foul side of a ground nest of bees...

And then to the other side of the city for my granddaughter's final soccer game of the season.


But, having said that, this dessert type salad was amazingly light and delicious! And easy!

Orange Mandarin Jello

1 Lg. Package Orange Jello
1 Can Mandarin Oranges, drained (large can)
1 lb. Cottage Cheese, small curd
1 8 oz Cool Whip

Mix all together. Save a dozen orange segments for garnish, if desired. Once blended, put into pretty bowl. Chill. Serve.

We had this on the dessert table, but it doesn't matter where you put it. It was marvelous! And I'm going to try it with Greek Yogurt, too, to replace the cottage cheese. I think that would hike the protein level and be delicious. I'll let you know!

Our luncheon was absolutely lovely.... and the day was true summer, hot, muggy and slightly buggy... as in real bugs, who seemed to think they were invited to the picnic.

They were not on the invite list, but they showed up anyway!

And all went well, the picnic was ending when my sweet son-in-law brought the farm truck in because he'd been stung. :( What he didn't realize (nor did we) was that he'd been stung dozens of times over his body. He thought the swelling ones on his face were the only ones, but those bees chased this good man right out of those woods...

He's doing well now. Some IV antihistamines and steroids, and he's looking much better.

So I never got the pics of the salad.... But I got the recipe, so that's the best thing!


  1. Yikes!!! multiple bee stings?????????? That sounds nasty. Praying he recovers quickly. Thank goodness it wasn't any of the kids!

    I think I've had a version of this salad back in the day. Sounds perfect for a hot, humid day. I vaguely remember making a great, creamy orange dessert....can't remember all the details though. You make up a package of jello and put it in the fridge. And I think it was evaporated milk -- empty a can in abowl and put in the freezer. When it starts forming crystals you fold it into the jello (which hasn't completely solidified yet) and then the concoction goes back into the fridge until it sets. It was really yummy...just not sure of the timing and I have no idea why I told you that. :-)

    1. Kav, I've had that one, too... and it's delicious. This one is different, the cottage cheese makes it almost not naughty!!! :) And light and delicious.

      I love that your stomping was successful! I just saw that on facebook, and I'm SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

  2. Oh, that's awful. I'm glad he's okay and had the presence of mind to get help. (It also reminds me of the opening scene in The Beekeeper's Ball.)

    On to the salad, Kav's description of a creamy orange salad reminded me of what this made me think of - a Dreamsicle/Creamsicle. So this could be Creamsicle Salad.

    Hope you have a calmer day today.

    1. Cate, such crazy days around here in summer. That's probably why I love winter. It's a perception thing. Winter: LESS WORK AND INSANITY.

      Summer: Chronically Crazy.

      Simple, right? And Jon's doing better, but it was scary. And thank you all for praying for him... y'all are so kind.

      I went straight to checking his life insurance payments!


  3. I saw that on FB! Yikes! I hope he gets better soon.

    Ruthy, this is one of those recipes that brings back memories of my childhood. I think this Jello salad appeared at many a holiday and potluck. And it was always a hit.

    1. Mindy, I'd never had this one, so I missed out. And how can anything with so much Jello be bad??? :) I love Jello.

      I am a simple girl.

  4. Ruthy, I grew up eating this! We used strawberry jello and my mom called it Fluffy Pink Salad. :) She also occasionally made it with lime jello.

    1. MISSY! Really? Fluffy Pink Salad??? Now I must try the pink version! I would love it. I'd love it with lime, too.