Tropical Orange Jello Salad

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There is absolutely nothing to redeem this salad. Tropical orange jello salad is just one of those things that, once you eat it, becomes an immediate go-to comfort food. It becomes an instant hit with everybody and 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 anything. This is just a dish that speaks to the hearts of everybody out there about friendship, families, love, and what life is really meant to be about. Do you think I'm overstating it? Are you raising an eyebrow? Cocking your head quizzically? Then you have never tried this salad.

It may be entirely silly that food can bring such a smile to your face, but this one does. It makes everyone feel good. The silly jilly-jello, the pretty orange color, the chunks of cottage cheese, the gooey-deliciousness of the canned fruit work in perfect harmony. For some reason, like Heinz ketchup, this salad is just the perfect blend of sweet. No one can resist it. Nor should you. Try it today.

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.It always is, in our family. And now, as adults, we always shake our heads and say, 'there is nothing good for us in that salad,' and 'we really shouldn't be eating this you know' and then reach in for another thoughtful scoop. That's classic comfort food. That's family food. Try this recipe when you are ready for a new dish to join your family favorites. This one will hit it out of the ball park. It is also easy and affordable for most budgets and takes only five ingredients.

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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