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Over a year ago, we posted our Orange Jello Fluff Salad and while it is still one of our most popular posts, we received some very angry emails from people who were so upset that we used the word "salad" in the title. Some even told us that it was recipes such as that one that were to blame for obesity in our world today because we trick people into thinking it's healthy. Sorry about that- we had no intentions of tricking anyone!
So I googled the word "salad" and discovered that the first definition talked about vegetables and green lettuce, but that there were two definitions that work for salads such as this one:
1. a mixture or assortment
2. any dish of cold vegetables or fruit (i.e. fruit salad)
We completely agree that this isn't the most healthy you could ever eat, but we also believe that the healthiest attitude to have when it comes to food is "moderation in all things." You can have a yummy "salad" like this every once in a while . . . that is one of life's real pleasures!
(PS Every time I make this salad, it receives rave reviews!)
Mandarin Orange Cookie Dessert Salad
2 (3.4 oz) packages vanilla instant pudding
2 cups buttermilk*
2 (8 oz) containers Cool-Whip non-dairy frozen whipped topping
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained well
2 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained well
3/4 (11.5 oz) package fudge-striped cookies (I used Keebler brand)
*I have substituted milk before and I think it still tastes delicious!
In a large bowl, mix together the dry pudding mixes and buttermilk. Fold in the Cool-Whip. Stir in the pineapple and mandarin oranges until incorporated. Break cookies into bite-size pieces and gently fold into salad mixture. Serve immediately. (If you want to make this ahead of time, just wait to add the cookie pieces until right before you serve it because the cookies tend to go soggy . . . unless you like them that way!)
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