Cottage Cheese Salad

Ode to Jello Salad....what, no takers? I love Jello Salads...probably more for the memories than anything else. Jello salads were and often can still be found at church suppers; fruit and jello in molds, topped with whipped cream or a tuna mold festooned with olives.

This simple lime, olive and cottage cheese salad is easy enough to make, adds a pretty colour to the dinner table and goes well with holiday leftovers. For a walk down memory lane I used a recipe from my very worn 'Mennonite Treasury of Recipes' @1962

  • 1 package lime jello
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 package cottage cheese (hmmm...I used 1/2 cup...who knows what a package was/is?!)
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion (I used red onion for colour)
  • 2 tbsp chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp. chopped olives (optional but say yes please )
  • 1 tbsp chopped cucumber (optional)
  • 1/2 cup salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar )

Dissolve jello in hot water and lemon juice or vinegar. Chill until partly set. Add all other ingredients. Serve in individual side dishes or leave in a pretty clear glass bowl.


  1. Very nice colorful salad, Trish..but really and truly I just couldn't add onions to jello..hehe

  2. what an interesting combination. i have never put anything in jello that isn't sweet!

  3. I would have to say that this is the most unusual and truly unappealing combination. I think I may have to make it just because of that reason! :-)

  4. It truly tastes good. Of course, all the church suppers and banquets over the years probably seasoned me for this type of food. Oh well, try and see. Taste, as in beauty, is in the eye...or rather tastebuds...of the tester!

  5. This does have an unusaul combination of ingredients. I do remember church buffet tables having jellied salads that were savory and sweet. They all seemed to dissapear. Like you said Trish, we all have taste buds that differ to the tester. Kathy

  6. My husband is not Mennonite and would be absolutely horrified at this salad but I, however, did grow up in a Mennonite household and think it looks lovely and delicious!

  7. "Aunt Bethany, does your cat like Jello??"

  8. I've been making this salad for years. It is easily adapted to low fat, low sugar by using Jello Light and no fat dairy products. I jam it full of veg including green pepper or whatever I have about. And yes, onion is good in it. It is good for lunch or a side at dinner. My husband thinks it is good, and he won't eat cottage cheese by itself.