One of my favorite cold snacks. Very easy to make, and no cooking required.
Edit: We just call this 'Cottage Cheese Salad'
1. Ingredients: 1 large bowl, 1 mixing spoon, 3 tubs of cottage cheese (24 oz.), 1 tub of Cool Whip, 2 cans of fruit (mixed or otherwise), 1 box of jello mix (flavor up to you, but I recommend a fruit flavor of some kind - *not* pudding mix. Jello - the jiggly clear stuff.). Now, I use all fat free, lite, etc. but, depending on your dietary requirements, that may not be necessary for you. It's the basics, cottage cheese, cool whip, jello flavor, fruit. Also, for those who don't consume pork products, I believe that there are some jello substitutes that are acceptable, but I don't know exactly what they are.
2. First, take the mixing spoon and carve out a scoop of the cool whip. How big a scoop is up to you, I tend to make it just a little bit bigger than the spoon bowl itself. Less, the result is a little less sweet, more, and it's more sweet. Keep in mind you'll be adding fruit, so that adds sweetness to the dish.
3. Dump all three tubs of cottage cheese into the bowl, and add the packet of jello flavoring, in powder form. Mix well. You want the color to be as even as possible, which means that the flavor you chose will be throughout the dish.
4. Drain the cans of fruit. Again, the particulars are to taste, but I tend to use mixed fruit and mandarin oranges. My mother only uses mixed fruit. Dump the cans in one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each can, to spread the fruit out as evenly as possible.
5. End result:
You can either serve immediately, or put back in the fridge to chill before serving. The food *will* have to be refrigerated. Also, *cover* in the fridge, or it dries out.
Now, it is also possible to add fresh fruit - grapes, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, etc. The only difference is, those really do need to be added *just* before serving, since they tend to go brown or mushy in the fridge once cut up.
Like I said, quick and easy. It's got kind of a messy look, I admit, but it tastes wonderful. A nice cool snack, and healthy too. And if you've got kids, they can help with every last step of it.