Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Salad

Creamy and sweet this Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Salad recipe also features lime or orange jello, mini marshmallows, cool whip and chopped walnuts.

Close up of cottage cheese pineapple salad

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our Baked Pineapple Casserole or Pineapple Fluff Salad.

Cottage Cheese and Pineapple Recipe

Also known as Pineapple Lime Fluff, this recipe is a simple treat with only 6 ingredients. A popular cottage cheese and pineapple recipe only takes 5 minutes to mix together.

Cool and refreshing lime mix with pineapple to add a citrus flavor and fruit texture to this sweet, fluffy dessert or Jello salad side dish. The mini marshmallows make it more fun!

The predominate flavors are citrus from lime and pineapple with complement sweetness from the marshmallows. If you didn’t know there was cottage cheese in the recipe you wouldn’t be able to taste it.

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Since this jello salad is not congealed it is ready to serve immediately. This salad doesn’t take time to set-up like our popular Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese that has similar ingredients.

small vintage dish of cottage cheese with pineapple

Using lime jello will make the salad green and orange gelatin will make the salad orange in color.

This old-fashioned jello salad recipe still tastes great and is fun to eat. Cottage cheese and pineapple is a lighter jello salad that is not overwhelmingly sweet.

Here are a few more of our vintage jello salad recipes 7-Up Jello Salad, Orange Jello Salad, and Cherry Coke Jello Salad.

What is Cottage Cheese?

Cottage cheese is made from milk and is a version of curds and whey. Curds are the lumps that are created by protein in milk clumping together. Whey is the liquid in cottage cheese and is a complete, high quality protein.

Cottage Cheese a Healthy Snack Option

Cottage cheese is lower in calories compared to other types of cheeses. It is similar to yogurt and can be used as a replacement to mayonnaise in some recipes. Cottage makes is very versatile and makes a low fat dessert or snack.

Any of our recipes with cottage cheese like Orange Delight provide a high protein snack. High protein foods help you fill full longer and thus have potential to help with weight loss when total food intake is decreased. There are trends to enjoy cottage cheese snacks before bed.

Walnuts sprinkled on old fashioned cottage cheese salad

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cottage cheese – small 16 ounce container
  • Crushed pineapple – small 8 ounce can, drained
  • Lime OR orange Jello – one small 3 ounce box
  • Mini marshmallows – soft and sweet marshmallows make the old-fashioned recipe more fun – may be left out if you prefer to cut calories
  • Cool Whip or whipped topping – defrosted, including is optional
  • Walnuts or other chopped nuts – optional for an extra crunch
Ingredients for making cottage cheese pineapple salad recipe

How Big is a Small Carton of Cottage Cheese

A small carton of cottage cheese is 16 ounces.

How to Make Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Salad

In a medium sized mixing bowl stir together cottage cheese and your choice or lime or orange gelatin.

Cottage cheese mixed with lime gelatin

Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve immediately or chill before serving.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 – 5 days. This jello salad dessert does not freeze well.

Old fashioned cottage cheese dessert on a colorful napkin

More Delicious Old-Fashioned Dessert Recipes:

Easy Black Forest Pie has creamy layers of Cool Whip and chocolate pudding in an Oreo crust topped with cherry pie filling.

Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls are my husband’s grandma’s recipe and they are truly amazing!

Cottage Cheese Cookies have a moist and fluffy cake-like texture, only six simple ingredients mix together to make homemade cookies. 

Butterscotch Delight has layers of butterscotch pudding, cream cheese and Cool Whip on a flour crust make a light and heavenly dessert.

Blackberry Jam Cake mixes simple ingredients together to create a family holiday tradition that is wonderful when served with whipped cream and fresh blackberries.

Close up green cottage cheese and gelatin dessert

Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Salad

Servings 10 servings
Author: Jennifer
Creamy and sweet this Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Salad recipe also features lime or orange jello, mini marshmallows, cool whip and chopped walnuts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 16 ounces small curd cottage cheese
  • 3 ounces lime gelatin or orange gelatin
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or other nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup whipped topping defrosted


  • Stir cottage cheese and dry gelatin until blended.
  • Add drained pineapple, whipped topping and marshmallows and/or walnut is using.
  • Mix well and refrigerate or serve immediately.


Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 214mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 82IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Loved by everyone – I’ve made this for years! No one even realizes that it has healthy cottage cheese as an ingredient. I change the Jello flavor to match the season – cherry or strawberry or lime for Valentine’s/Christmas, orange for Spring, etc. I don’t add nuts. Brings memories to anyone from the Midwest.

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