Delicious, dreamy, and sweet! This cottage cheese fruit salad with Cool Whip is the perfect side dish (or healthy-ish dessert??)! Plus, it's a crowd pleaser!

Cottage cheese fruit salad with cool whip in a bowl, from Shelf Cooking

If you love a bowl of cottage cheese and fruit for a quick, healthy snack, then you will love this! Get ready to take that yummy snack up a notch when you make this quick and easy cottage cheese fruit salad. You can throw it together in a snap!

Plus, it's creamy, sweet, and flavorful. It's pretty much a dessert salad which makes it perfect for picky kids, parties, and more. It's great in the summer for potlucks and fun in the spring and winter, too!

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Try different fruits based on the season, or what cans you have in the pantry, and see which fruit and jello flavor combos you like best! This creamy fruit salad is so versatile and the family will be begging to snack on it all week long.


Diced fruit in a bowl from Shelf Cooking

This easy fruit salad with cool whip… whew! That's quite the name! Maybe we'll just call it cottage cheese fruit salad… Is that any better? Ha! Anyway, the great thing about this salad is that you can use whatever fruit you have on hand. As well as other ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and freezer!

  • Use up your leftover fruits that are about ready to expire (and nobody is the wiser). Bananas, pineapple, peaches, berries, and more! Whatever ya got… It all works!
  • You can also use frozen berries!!
  • Did you know you can freeze cottage cheese? Well, guess what?? You can also use frozen and thawed cottage cheese in this recipe!
  • We usually have a tub or two of Cool Whip on hand for easy recipes like this. You can also make your own!

Pro Tip: Freeze all the things! Use our list of things you can freeze and be sure to thaw them properly before eating!


Fruit salad ingredients in a mixing bowl from Shelf Cooking

This fruit salad with Cool Whip is SOOOO easy, you don't even really need to follow a recipe!

You'll obviously want to balance your fruit and cottage cheese to whatever ratio you desire…then add in some jello! And top it off by folding in your Cool Whip into the bowl.

We highly suggest draining any canned fruit before tossing it in so your fruit salad remains creamy and dreamy, not soupy and gloopy!

Pro Tip: If your kids don't love chunks of cottage cheese, go ahead and just blend it up before adding it to your fruit salad! This is a great trick if you're using thawed cottage cheese. Works like a charm. Now your fruit salad is smooth and creamy!


Cottage cheese fruit salad with cool whip in bowls on a counter from Shelf Cooking

Now let's get on to this easy recipe, just remember you can mix it up and measurements do not need to be exact in order to pull off this delicious snack… We mean… SALAD!

Cottage cheese fruit salad with cool whip in a bowl, from Shelf Cooking

Easy Fruit Salad with Cool Whip

A delicious, creamy fruit salad! It's basically DESSERT salad – perfect for using up leftover fruit and cottage cheese!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 3 oz sugar-free Jello (strawberry or raspberry)
  • 8 oz Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream)
  • 2-3 cups fruit


  • Drain, dice, and slice fruit to the desired size!
  • Combine fruit, cottage cheese (blend the cottage cheese before adding if you want a more smooth consistency), and jello. Mix well.
  • Fold in Cool Whip and chill!


Eat within a day or two or the fruit will make it watery and it will start to separate.
Keyword cool whip, easy, fruit, quick

Doesn't that sound like the easiest and most delicious fruit salad with Cool Whip recipe, ever?!

What's your favorite combo to make? Let us know in the comments!

Healthy side or dessert in a bowl from Shelf Cooking

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