Classic Tropical Orange Jello Salad

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Classic Tropical orange jello salad is just one of those dessert recipes that, once you have it, becomes an immediate go-to comfort food and dessert recipe. It becomes an instant hit with everybody and becomes the classic that has to be made every holiday, vacation, birthday, family and friend gathering that you have each year. No one says anything about the ingredients, the calories, or whether it is providing a balanced nutrition or anything. This is just one of those fun and easy desserts that speaks to the hearts of everybody out there about friendship, families, love, and what life is really meant to be about. It may be entirely silly that food can bring such a smile to your face, but this one does and it makes everyone feel good. The fun jiggly jello, the pretty orange color, the chunks of cottage cheese, the gooey-deliciousness of the canned fruit work in perfect harmony. For some reason, this salad is just the perfect blend of sweet.

The recipe starts with everyone helping out. Little hands can mix as bigger ones get the ingredients out of fridge and cupboard and set in order. That is where the tradition will begin. This will be the dish that starts your special holidays with family, with everyone in the kitchen making sure this salad gets made. Over time you will tell stories about it, around it, as you make it, or as you put the leftovers, if there are any, away for the next day's snack. But tropical orange jello salad will always be there if you start to make it and introduce it as a family staple. These types of creamy whipped cream dessert recipes make for great quick dessert recipes that can be made on a moments notice. These easy desserts are perfect to bring to that last minute gathering you are going to where you just need something simple and tasty. The creamy fruit and jello style of dessert recipe was very common in the 1950s and 1960s when convenient easy to make foods were just hitting the supermarket shelves in the United States. Everyone wanted to try out the latest and greatest of newly invented food products that promised to make food preparation a breeze and bring smiles to all faces.

People began making dessert salad recipes with Jello and whipped topping with fruit added and sometimes nuts or seeds. The famous pistachio pudding was made with jello pudding in a pistachio flavour mixed with marshmallows and pistachios and some whipped cream. People still make this today to bring to family events and everyone still goes for a little taste to bring back memories of growing up. Looking through magazines from the 1950s you would be able to find photos and recipes for jello salads with vegetables incorporated into the recipes as well. There were moulds that you could place the jello recipe mixture into and then insert the kind of vegetable you wanted like cucumber for example, and make a nice pattern in the mould to add to the visual appeal of the meal. Thank you to Trish for this awesome Classic Tropical Orange jello salad recipe from her awesome food blog called Mom on Timeout. All mom's could use a time out to enjoy reading the various posts on Trish's blog. She also has plenty of other recipes including dinner recipes, slow cooker recipes, snack recipes, dessert recipes, casserole recipes, breakfast recipes and so much more. Trish also has a nice cookbook that she wrote herself that is filled with her awesome recipes so you can have them in a hard copy to keep and pass down to your family members. Try some of her great recipes like this one soon.*

Nutrition Facts for: Tropical Orange Jello Salad from Mom On Time Out
Ingredients: Crushed pineapple, orange jell-o, cottage cheese, Cool Whip, coconut flakes.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 24 servings * Per Serving Calories 135, Calories from Fat 59, Total Fat 6.5g 10%, Saturated Fat 5.5g 28%, Cholesterol 2mg 1%, Sodium 164mg 7%, Potassium 68mg 2%, Carbohydrates 15.3g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%, Sugars 13.3g, Protein 4.8g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 19%, Calcium 2%, Iron 3%/i>

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