Congealed salads are very popular in the south, and while they have similar main ingredients, they can be very diverse in flavor and texture. Some are frozen, reminding one of ice cream. Some are fluffy thus, referred to as “fluff”. Some are truly congealed using flavored gelatin. Most congealed salads contain whipped topping, flavored gelatin or instant pudding, and fruit. By adding other ingredients, such as cream cheese, cottage cheese, or coconut, the flavor and texture can be changed. Also, the way the gelatin or pudding is mixed in can determine the outcome of the salad.
1 small package Jell-o brand orange gelatin
16 oz. Cool Whip brand whipped topping
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup shredded coconut
15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
Mix gelatin with whipped topping. Add cottage cheese and coconut. Fold in oranges. Refrigerate before serving.
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