Every year on the fourth Sunday in June, my father-in-law's relatives have a family reunion at a state park two hours from our house. The first couple of years I attended, I prepared and took an entree. Unfortunately, no matter what kind of container I put the food in or how well I wrapped it, the food was lukewarm after the long drive.
After some trial and error, my husband and I came up with the perfect solution. We stop and buy a bucket of chicken at a restaurant 15 minutes from the park. I prepare a dessert that can withstand the drive and a side dish that is kept in the cooler until it's time to eat.
I vary the dessert from year to year, but I always take the same side dish: Lime Jello Salad. It's an easy dish to transport and can easily be doubled. Although it uses jello, it's not a congealed salad.
The recipe is a combination of lime jello, cottage cheese, crushed pineapple and Cool Whip. I use sugar-free jello and lite Cool Whip, but you can use regular versions or a combination of the ingredients.
The recipe is versatile and can be made with other flavors of jello and fruit. It's delicious made with orange jello instead of lime and a can of drained mandarin oranges.