5 Minute Jello Salad

Our 5 Minute Jello Salad is a classic dessert--and so easy to whip up. Whether you're headed to a pot luck, taking something to a work party, or you just want to end your family night with a tasty treat, this recipe is just what you need.

Every Sunday my Mom used to make a jello salad. I grew up LOVING it (especially the green jello with pineapple)! I don’t always have a lot of time to make an immaculate salad. This is my favorite “fast” salad. You don’t have to cook anything, it doesn’t need to set up before you eat it, and it is DELICIOUS!

The funny thing about this salad is how many names people have for it.  Pink Fluff, Heavenly Delight, Grandma’s Pink Stuff…whatever you decide to call it, we know it will be a hit at your next potluck or family dinner.

How to Make 5 minute Jello Salad

When we say this will take 5 minutes, there is no catch.  It really does take 5 minutes.

Start by putting the Cool Whip and the powdered (unprepared) Jello in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until they are well blended and most of the Jello dissolves into the Cool Whip.

Next, fold in the cottage cheese, strawberries, and bananas. Serve right away or store in refrigerator until you are ready to eat.

What other add-ins can I use?

Just like there are so many different names for Jello Salad, there are so many things you can mix in.  Really, the trick is to pick the combination that sounds the tastiest to you. Here are some ideas:

  • Jello: orange, raspberry, just about any flavor
  • Fruit: fresh or canned, although we recommend draining your canned fruit
    • pineapple
    • mandarin oranges
    • raspberries
  • Additional mix-ins:
    • nuts
    • mini marshmallows

Can you use Sugar Free Jello?

While we haven’t personally used the sugar free Jello, many of our readers have let us know that it works great.  So, if you’re looking for a lower calorie option, go ahead and give it a try.

Some readers have paired the sugar free Jello with low-fat cottage cheese and Cool Whip.

if you love this 5 minute jello salad, you’ll want to try our creamy cherry whip salad. It’s so easy and delicious!


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Serves: 8

Serves: 8

5 Minute Jello Salad

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 8 oz container of low fat Cool Whip
  • 4 oz box of Strawberry Jello
  • 12 oz container of fat free Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 pound of Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Banana, sliced


  1. Put the Cool Whip and the powdered (unprepared) Jello in a large mixing bowl and whisk until they are well blended and most of the Jello dissolves into the Cool Whip.  
  2. Next, fold in the cottage cheese, strawberries, and bananas.  
  3. Store in refrigerator until you are ready to eat.


No Bake
gluten free
egg free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



174 cal


6 g


22 g


4 g
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82 Responses to “5 Minute Jello Salad”

  1. Karen
    One of my favorites from growing up is the green jello salad. Pistachio pudding dry mix? mix with a container of cool whip, drain a big can of pineapple and add the chunks, add marshmallows?green goodness!! ""SALAD""" right!!??
  2. Maggie Marriott
    I make and am asked to make often, this same jello salad, except that I also add drained, crushed pineapple. The pineapple completes what I have been calling "jello cottage cheese salad. What is so fantastic about this salad, you can use any flavor of jello and add other ingredients, such as different fruits, canned or frozen, nuts, and marshmallows (for kids). It is always a big hit at each meal I serve it with. My main ingredients are: cool whip, jello, cottage cheese and crushed pineapple. I then add the other ingredients, as desired. The pineapple gives it a citrus flavor and mellows the sweetness of the jello and cool whip. Oh, and always mix the jello with the cool whip before adding the other ingredients. As you can tell, I love this recipe!
  3. Tracie
    I love this salad - I make it all the time and use a can of drained crushed pineapple and a can of cherry pie filling for fruit. I never thought to use strawberries and bananas! Great idea - thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes!
  4. Chantel
    I've had this salad my entire life and it was always my favorite thing that my mom made when I was little. I used to want to eat the entire bowl myself. We always put mandarin oranges in it as well. I actually made this salad for a neighborhood party this last weekend. yummy!
  5. Beachgrammy
    My Mom's recipe is almost like this. It is my go to for quick easy and delish! We use fruit cocktail, small curd cottage cheese, cool whip, sour cream and jello. I use small containers of everything for a small family meal, or large containers if I'm taking it for potluck!! We call it Pink Salad!! Will have to try yours!
  6. Rachel
    This has been a family favorite since I was a little girl. We call it "Pink Salad". We make this using crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges instead of the strawberries and bananas. One tip, mix your jello with the cottage cheese and that way you don't have to worry about mixing your cool whip too much as sometimes it will lose it's "whip".
  7. Pam Kellogg
    I make this with suger free jello, low-fat cottage cheese fresh fruit, [ when in season ] or no sugar added canned fruit , and sugar free cool whip . It taste great and you can't tell it's made with sugar free ingredients.
  8. Ellicia
    I had forgotten about these salads. My aunt used to make this back in the late 70's. Behind her back, her kids used to call it the Pepto salad or the pink barf because of the texture. However, that didn't keep them from eating it up down to the last spoonful.
  9. Rhonda P.
    We've made another version of this "salad" for years, since my aunt introduced us to it. We use fruit cocktail, small box of orange flavored jello, cottage cheese, cool whip and top it with walnuts. Can't wait to try it with strawberries!!
  10. Chrissy
    Our family made this with red or green gelatin powder, drained crushed pineapple, whipped topping, and cottage cheese. My mother knew I liked it and made it even as I got older. There's something about the texture of the cottage cheese in the whipped topping. Thanks for reminding me of it.
    • It makes about 8 servings. Just click on the magic button under the picture and then click on "Nutrition". It will give you the serving size, calories, and all kinds of fun info on the recipe. It's our new sister site - MyRecipeMagic.com. Hope you'll stop by and leave a fun family recipe! -The Six Sisters
  11. Kelle Scott
    I, as most of you grew up with this salad except we did this...pistachio instant pudding, cool whip, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows (optional) and Acini di Pepe macaroni which are really tiny pieces of macaroni that you cook ala dente and add...anyone guess what it called??? FROG EYED SALAD!!! The boys LOVED it and the girls went screaming out of the room!!! O how I love the holidays!!!
  12. Oh, I Love this stuff. I call it Pink Fluff. Just recently tried the Orange and Green jello's in it and they are yummy to. I always put pineapple and mandarin oranges in it. But I have just started adding marshmallows and coconut. I Love It!!! So excited to try the Strawberries and Banana's. Sounds yummy! :0)
  13. Norma Wright
    Could whipping cream be used? Has anyone tried that? In addition, I really dislike cottage cheese. I am wondering if anyone knows of a Jello dish that is yummy like this, with no cottage cheese? (It is too late to do this for the potluck tonite, but as Baptists, we do lots of potlucks!)
    • Hi Norma. I think we can help you for your next potluck. We have our sister site - MyRecipeMagic.com. It has over 20,000 recipes and also will give you the nutrition on each one. Just go to Myrecipemagic.com and in the tab "search by ingredient" you can type in jello salad or whatever kind of salad you are looking for. There may be over a thousand, so give it a minute to load and all of the pictures and recipes will come up. Just click on the recipe you are interested in. Hope this helps and you will stop by and check it out! Cyd (mother of the six sisters)
    • Mandy
      2 cups boiling water turn off add 8oz cream cheese till it dissolves keep stirring it's ok if you see small specks of cream cheese drain large can crushed pineapple reserve the juice to make 2 cups cold water stir in to cream cheese stir for 2 min.add drained pineapple and 1 cup chopped pecans set in 9x13 aluminium pan in fridge over night.
      • Sandy
        I used frozen raspberries. I folded them in very frozen while they are firm at the end. Worked great. They mush up if you let them thaw. I used raspberry jello, bananas, drained pineapple, cottage cheese and frozen raspberries. Be very careful about over whipping your cool whip. You will lose the airiness as I found out once when my daughter-in-law tried to help.
  14. Rhonda S Adams
    1st... Awesome site... You girls have done a great & outstanding job for the beginner to the more fortunate one's for their favorite recipe's.... I'm 60 yrs old and never enjoyed anything to do with the Kitchen growing up. My mother nor my aunt's ever required my help, but, this recipe was a staple on all dinner tables of all of our family gathering's. Thank you for allowing and for providing everyone's replies. So many sound so close to what use to be. Again Thank you.
  15. I found I only had peach jello, so I drained four individual packs of diced peaches and added those. It was delicious! I also like marshmallows in mine, but not mini marshmallows. I found ULTRA mini marshmallows (NOT dehydrated) at a bulk food store, and they are perfect!
  16. tina franceschi
    Love this salad used all ingredients except I use pineapple cottage cheese instead of the plain. I also add a few chopped walnuts to it, I also add one packet of Knox geletin to give it a little bit of thickness so its not to runny, everyone I've made it for loves it. Also u can add a can of fruit cocktail to it, but it must be drained really well
    • Here is the nutritional information we have on this recipe. https://www.myrecipemagic.com/5-minute-jello-salad-2500714306.html We should have the "Get Nutrition Info" button by the end of the day. We lost a lot of them when we switched our blogsite.

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