This fluffy Jello Salad is a fun and fruity side dish that could actually pass for a dessert! A rich creamy base, lots of berries and of course Jello make this salad a welcome addition to any meal.

We love that it needs just minutes of prep and is as pretty as it is delicious!

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A Pretty in Pink Jello Salad

We love fluff salads since they really aren’t salads at all, they’re more like dessert!  This is one of those easy recipes from Grandma’s recipe box and it has a lovely pink color.
    • Jello fruit salad needs just minutes to prep.
    • This is best made ahead of time making it potluck perfect.
    • No cooking required.
    • Full of fresh berries and it is delicious.
    • A vintage recipe that has stood the test of time!

How to Make Jell-o Salad

Although some Jell-o salads are made in a jello mold, this one is more like a fluff (similar to ambrosia salad). It’s rich, creamy, and dreamy.

  1. Rinse the berries and dry well. Slice strawberries if needed.
  2. Combine cottage cheese and jello powder in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and refrigerate.

ingredients assembled to make Berry Fluff Jello Salad

Ingredients in Jello Salad

JELLO: We use strawberry jello but raspberry jello (or really any fruity flavored gelatin) will work. Choose something red or pink for this recipe.

COTTAGE CHEESE: We love cottage cheese in this salad (and even those who don’t care for cottage cheese love it). You can substitute  cream cheese or cool whip.

FRUIT: Fresh berries are perfect in this recipe, use one kind or many kinds of berries if you can. Sometimes we do just sliced strawberries for a strawberry jello salad.

Variations

    • Flavors: Try other flavors of jello and fruits like orange, pineapple or cherry.
    • Additions: Add in your favorites from pecans to sliced bananas.
    • Looking to lighten this recipe up a little bit? You can use sugar-free in this recipe and choose low fat whipped topping and cottage cheese.

Berry Jello Salad with berries on top in a clear glass bowl

Jello Salad Recipe Tips:

  • Any type of fresh berries can be used in this recipe. You will need a total of ~4 cups of fresh mixed berries.
  • When combining the cottage cheese with the jello powder, mix with a hand mixer to make the consistency of the cottage cheese a little bit smoother. Mix with a spoon if you prefer more texture.
  • Refrigerate before serving to allow the flavors to blend and thicken the fluff.
  • I have tested this with freshly whipped cream and while it is delicious, it doesn’t set up as well.
  • You can freeze jello salad and serve it frozen in squares (like we do with our Cherry Fluff Salad)

Clear glass bowl of Berry Jello Salad with fresh berries on top

This fluffy jello fruit salad can be served as a side dish or as a dessert. I love to spoon it on angel food cake as a topping too!

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Berry Fluff Jello Salad

This fluffy refreshing berry salad takes just minutes to prep and will be the first bowl empty at every potluck!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 package Jell-O (4 servings size) strawberry, raspberry, or cherry
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups strawberries washed & cut
  • ¾ cup blackberries washed
  • ¾ cup raspberries washed
  • ¾ cup blueberries washed

Instructions 

  • Combine cottage cheese and dry Jell-O powder in a bowl.
  • Fold in whipped topping.
  • Gently fold in all remaining ingredients. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

  • Any type of fresh berries can be used in this recipe. You will need a total of ~4 cups of fresh mixed berries.
  • When combining the cottage cheese with the jello powder, mix with a hand mixer to make the consistency of the cottage cheese a little bit smoother. Mix with a spoon if you prefer more texture.
  • Refrigerate before serving to allow the flavors to blend and thicken the fluff.
  • I have tested this with freshly whipped cream and while it is delicious, it doesn’t set up as well.
  • You can freeze jello salad and serve it frozen in squares (like we do with our Cherry Fluff Salad)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 190 | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 28.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

 

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  1. If you stabilize your fresh whipped cream it works well in this recipe. At least a little healthier than the other frozen stuff@

  2. My new go-to fast fresh fruit fluff salad that always gets the ravs and never any left over! Love this dish!

  3. Do you have to drain the cottage cheese? And have you tried adding cream cheese to the recipe? I love cream cheese and was wondering how that would work. I am taking it to my 40th birthday party tomorrow and want it to turn out fabulous!

    Thanks

    1. I do not drain the cottage cheese. I think cream cheese would be a yummy addition, although I haven’t tried it. Let us know how it goes!

  4. This was delicious and so easy to make. Definitely tastes best cold after settling in the fridge at least 2 hours.5 stars

  5. It turned out great and tasted great also. I used plain yogurt instead of cottage cheese, well-drained frozen berries instead of fresh, and real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip. I’m serving it at a ,Mother’s Day brunch at church.5 stars

  6. Easy to make and very tasty! Great for family meals. We used frozen berries and it was delicious. This was our first try at a jello salad and it is a keeper.5 stars

  7. Delicious. I did end up using frozen fruit (thawed and well drained) due to cost and availability of the berries in my area and it worked just fine. I also made a version adding a block of cream cheese to the cottage cheese/jello mixture and it was delicious as well!5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried so can’t say for sure. I think it would work. Let us know if you try it Cindy!

      1. How long does it typically last outside of the fridge? I plan to have it sit in the fridge for 2 hours to set and then take it to a family gathering about an hour away.

      2. I’d suggest that you keep it in a cooler or with a zip top bag filled with ice underneath it to keep it as fresh as possible. Many readers enjoy this out of the fridge for a while as well.

  8. This was quite tasty. Next time I will use sugar free jello as my husband is not the sugar fanatic that I am. I also might try different jello flavors for a different color palate with matching fruit!

  9. I’m looking for a ambrosia type with jello ,whipped cream ,berries, bananas, marshmallows, coconut — I just need measurements of ingredients etc. 

    1. I think it would be fine. I just wouldn’t add them until the last few minutes of setting in the fridge. Like the last 30 minutes then eat right at that 2 hours. Or you can just add them the last few minutes before eating. I had my berries thawed out already too. I hope it worked out for you!

  10. I have made this three times in a row already! It’s delicious! Who doesn’t love fresh berries, and lots of them!5 stars

  11. Delicious!  Tastes so similar to my mother’s Bavarian jello recipe but this is so much lighter in calories.  I cut an angel food cake in thirds and layered it with the berry fluff.  Put more on top and it looked “good enough to eat”— which it was!  So easy and quick to make.5 stars

  12. This is such a pretty color, and I love the combo of fresh berries, Jell-O, and whipped cream. It would make a great dessert for a picnic. :)

    1. Whipped Topping is similar to whipped cream but it’s more stabilized. You can find it in the freezer section of most North American grocery stores.