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Creamy Orange Fruit Salad

This creamy orange fruit salad is loaded with an easy combination of mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, coconut flakes, and an orange-flavored cool whip mixture that's topped with maraschino cherries.

Ingredients

  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple, *drained very well*, 1 can
  • 30 oz. mandarin oranges, drained well, 2 cans
  • 3 oz. package orange jello (unprepared, just the contents inside the box)
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • Maraschino Cherries, to garnish

Instructions

  • Place the crushed pineapple in a strainer and drain out the pineapple juice. Pineapple retains a lot of liquid, which needs to be eliminated as much as possible so that leftover fruit salad doesn’t become watery. Use a spoon and press down on the crushed pineapple to squeeze out more juice, toss and repeat several times. Transfer the crushed pineapple to paper towels to allow a little more moisture to be absorbed.
  • Use the same strainer to drain the mandarin oranges, don’t use a spoon to press down on them, these strain more easily. Place the oranges on a paper towel as well.
  • Mix the orange jello, cottage cheese, and coconut flakes until well combined. Use a silicone spatula and gently mix in the drained pineapple and oranges. Finally, gently mix in the Cool Whip.
  • Transfer the fruit salad to a large serving bowl, or several portion-sized bowls or glasses. Garnish with maraschino cherries and chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 392mg, Potassium: 497mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 51g, Vitamin A: 1185IU, Vitamin C: 46.7mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 0.6mg