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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

This tasty Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad has a secret ingredient that gives the texture of the salad a wonderfully creamy texture. What is it ? Freshly whipped cream folded into the chicken, almond and grape salad. It works and it is wonderful. Serve on a bed of curly lettuce, with crackers or on a croissant. Enjoy!

Pink Cherry Fluff

Fluff fruit salads are a potluck staple and loved by many. I tweaked a recipe from Penny Pincher Jenny to create this super light and delicious Cherry Fluff.

I don't mind cottage cheese in this style of dessert, but I did reduce the overall amount by half, using one cup instead of two. I felt that this kept the fluff nice and light and not too 'chewy.'

I was extremely pleased with both the taste and texture of this dessert. My mind is imagining all sorts of other Jell-O flavors and fruits to use to make variations.

If you prefer not to use Cool Whip, or aren't able to get it where you live, a good substitute is Dream Whip. See my notes for directions on how to use it in this recipe. Enjoy!

Notes: Dream Whip can be substituted for Cool Whip. Whip two packets of dream whip (each packet makes 2 cups of whipped topping) with 1 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Whip well for several minutes, then chill for 10 minutes. It is then ready to be used in the recipe below. This will make 4 cups total. An 8 oz. container of cool whip is about 3 1/2 cups so this comes very close to the same amount. I used Dream Whip and I really loved the light, airy texture it provided, but Cool Whip works great too. You can increase the cottage cheese to two cups if you prefer.

Pink Cherry Fluff
Makes 10-12 servings

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip *You can also use Dream Whip, see notes for instructions
  • 3 oz. cherry Jell-O (I used regular, you can alternatively use sugar free)
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 small jar Maraschino cherries, drained and stems discarded
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the cherries into a large bowl. Stir to combine well. 
  2. Slice all of the cherries in half. Add half to the pink fluff and stir them in, reserving the other half for garnish. Top the fluff with the rest of the cherry halves and chill until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from Penny Pincher Jenny.


  1. I haven't had this kind of salad in years! Great idea for an Easter salad.

  2. Love you recipe for cherry jello fluff! I am diabetic so I did use sugar free jello and had very good results. Loved it!

  3. You can also use different fruit/jello flavors!

  4. why do you post not to use sugar free jello?? I've been making this for over 40 years and only use sugar free jello in all of my salads - it works fine, tastes fine..etc...maybe update that comment so not to turn away readers looking to use sugar free jello...just sayin.

    1. I'll change the wording on the recipe. I wasn't intending to say you couldn't, I was specifying that I personally used regular jello and not sugar free. I agree that the wording was incorrect and it wasn't my intention to come across that you couldn't use sugar free. I'll update it, thanks!

  5. Could you use cream cheese instead of cottage cheese?

    1. I think so. I would let it soften really well and mix it with a hand mixer. If there are little clumps in the cream cheese that means it is still a bit too cold and to microwave it for a couple seconds then re-beat it.


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