Simple salad with fruit, cottage cheese, cool whip, and jello.



Best Easter Salad #1

One of the first recipes I collected was when I was about 12 years old. I went babysitting and the mother wanted me to serve this salad to her kids. I thought it was really delicious and so I asked her for the recipe.  She used crushed pineapple and strawberry jello along with the cottage cheese and cool whip. It was so good and easy to make. I have made it many times since then.

Now that I am a mother, I have taught my children to make this salad and we have made it in a variety of ways. We have used different fruits, and different flavors of jello, and even experimented with different add-ins.  My 11-year-old daughter loves making this salad by herself. Her favorite way is to use strawberries and strawberry Jello.  We’ve never known what to call this salad and decided it needed a name. So we came up with a name for it. We decided to name it after my daughter and use her nickname for the name of the salad. That’s why we call it Becca Doodle Salad.


  • One thing that is great about this salad is that you can use any flavor of jello that you want and any type of fruit. 
  • I’ve used fresh, frozen or canned fruit. 
  • I’ve used sugar-free or regular Jello.  The cottage cheese and cool whip can even be fat-free/sugar-free. 
  • My mom makes this with canned fruit cocktail and then adds colored mini marshmallows. 
  • Whenever I make it, I use canned mandarin oranges and orange Jello (or peach jello works too), or we’ve made it with strawberries and strawberry jello.
  • I love these stainless steel bowls I bought from Amazon.

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Step #1 Prepare the fruit

  • Wash and cut tops off strawberries.
  • Chop or slice strawberries (or other fruit).
  • If using canned fruit like crushed pineapple or mandarin oranges, make sure you drain the juice. 

Chop or slice the Fruit

My daughter loves to cut the strawberries and make this salad by herself.  There are several ways to cut the strawberries. I have used a knife, an egg slicer, a chopper, food processor, and a slicer. Also, it is your preference for the size of the strawberries in your salad. They can be sliced, or diced, or chopped, or even left whole. Our preference is somewhere between diced and sliced.

Step #2 mix all the ingredients together

  • Stir fruit, Cottage Cheese, Cool Whip, and Jello together in a mixing bowl.
  • I always mix the fruit and Jello together first then add the Cottage Cheese and then the Cool Whip because I think the jello dissolves better and isn’t gritty.
  • My daughter seems to always do the opposite from what I do and so she stirs the Jello in the Cool Whip, then adds the Cottage Cheese and then the fruit. It seems to work great. In fact, I think it seems to be creamier that way.
  • The grocery store in our town doesn’t have the large containers of cool whip and so I use 3 or 4 small ones.

Step #3 Top with fruit or add-ins

  • You could garnish this with strawberry slices.
  • Add other things if you desire (chopped candy bars, or pecans)
  • Or just enjoy eating it the way it is.


  • My daughter was 6 years old when she started making this salad.
  • When we have been invited to a dinner party and need to take something, my daughter always wants to make this.


  • 2 cans crushed pineapple (drained) or any fresh, canned, or frozen, fruit (Becca loves using fresh strawberries)
  • 1 large package strawberry Jello (6 oz)
  • A large container Cottage Cheese (24 oz)
  • 1 large container Cool Whip (16 oz)


Mix it all together and refrigerate until ready to serve. Then Enjoy it. It is great for an Easter picnic, or Summer camping trip, or a dinner party anytime of year.

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