July 18, 2012

Anti-Recipe: Pink Fluff (aka Quick & Easy Congealed Salad)


I’ve blogged before about our love of congealed salad here in the south. I’ve also blogged about our love of Jell-o salad, which isn’t exactly the same thing. Today I wanted to share a recipe for a dish my family ate frequently while I was growing up: pink fluff.

Pink fluff is kind of a lazy cook’s congealed salad. It’s a dish you make when you don’t have time to wait for the Jell-o to set or the congealed salad to freeze. To make this delicacy, stir together the following:

  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 small carton of cottage cheese
  • 1 package of strawberry Jell-o

It’s just that easy and you’re ready to go. I hadn’t thought of it in awhile (it’s not particularly vegan), but while visiting my grandparents the other day, I saw the ingredients sitting out on the kitchen counter and I knew what was coming. The photo above is strategically cropped to hide the two giant bites missing from the bowl where I dug right in.

What can I say? Something about pink fluff takes me straight back to childhood. If pink isn’t your preferred flavor, you can also make orange fluff or lime fluff. I can’t speak to the quality of any other flavors because they aren’t in my Jell-o repertoire.

Any other fans of pink fluff out there? Tell me I’m not the only one.


  1. Sometimes I make it with pistachio pudding instead of jello. Yes, we southerners love our jello salads. To me, tomato aspic is tomato jello salad. LOL!

    1. I've never had tomato aspic, but it's on my list of things to make one day!

  2. I've always told my Mother that the difference in her generation and mine is that she and her friends have stacks of recipes for congealed salads and my generation knows nothing about them! It's about time we learn!


    1. I'm glad to help our generation get with the program....I think our grandmothers did things well so I'm happy to follow their lead :)

  3. We call it Pink Stuff and I love it. My fav.

  4. Melissa Ashby, November 22, 2012November 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    It has been our family tradition for the last 12 years to call it "the pink fluffly stuff", since my daughter Lucy names it that some years ago. we love it and it is at every family gathering no matter what it is... like today! I am literally fixing it now. Happy Thanksgiving!


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