I came up with this recipe for a 1970’s-themed book club potluck. It’s very much in keeping with the “fluffy salads” of the 70’s. They were so sweet, they were actually desserts that were served with, instead of after, the meal.

2 cans of mandarin oranges
1 can of apricot halves (peaches would also work)
1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 small package orange jello powder
1 lb small-curd cottage cheese
1 small container Cool Whip, thawed
Drain the oranges and drain and dice the apricot halves. Combine them with the pudding mix, jello, and cottage cheese. Fold in the Cool whip and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Creamsicle Fluff ingredients
Making Creamsicle Fluff in a rest area on I-5

I didn’t even have a kitchen available to make this for the potluck. But there’s no measuring needed, so I could make it on the road. I let the Cool Whip thaw in the car, then stopped at a rest area and used a picnic table to mix up the rest of the ingredients.