Mandarin Orange Cranberry Salad
Note: Cranberries need to marinade (in a bowl) the sugar and lemon juice 6-8 hours or overnight
*1 (12 ounce) package Fresh Cranberries, rinsed, dried and chopped in the food processor
*1 1/4 cups Sugar
*Juice from 1/2 Lemon
*2 (8 ounce) containers Cool Whip, thawed in fridge
*1 (24 ounce) low-fat Cottage Cheese
*1 (6 ounce) package Raspberry or Cranberry or Orange Jell-O
*1 to 2 (11 ounce) cans Mandarin Oranges, drained
Garnish with chopped cranberries and mandarin oranges if desired.
After the cranberries have marinated, place cranberries in strainer and remove as much liquid from the cranberries as possible. Now place cranberries in the center of a layered piece of cheese cloth or strong paper towels and again squeeze out as much juice as possible.
In a large bowl mix together the cool whip and Jell-o until incorporated. Then add the cottage cheese, chopped cranberries and mix together.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap or airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.