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A classic Mandarin Orange Jello Salad is a potluck dish perfect for summer BBQs or holidays – this will remind you of childhood! With just a few ingredients it only takes about 5 minutes to make!

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Orange jello salad in a small white bowl topped with mandarin oranges

What is Jello Salad?

This is similar to Watergate salad – it’s a dessert salad fluff recipe that’s full of mandarin oranges and pineapple. It’s a creamy and delicious treat that’s perfect as a side dish or as a dessert. It is full of mandarin oranges and marshmallows that make it fluffy and a family favorite.

I found this recipe written on an old piece of paper from a book of recipes I found at an estate sale. I could tell the recipe had been very loved and wanted to share it.

Table of Contents
  1. What is Jello Salad?
  2. Ingredients in Orange Fluff Salad
  3. How to make Orange Jello Salad
  4. Tips for Making Orange Jello Salad
  5. Other Fluff Recipes
  6. Orange Jello Salad Recipe
Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make orange jello salad

Ingredients in Orange Fluff Salad

Mandarin Oranges: Just one can of mandarin oranges, and make sure to drain them well. I like to buy the kind that are packed in juice, not syrup.

Crushed Pineapple: Drain the excess liquid off.

Orange Jello: This gives it the orange color and flavor.

Cottage Cheese: The cottage cheese is a classic fluff ingredient and gives body to the recipe. Beware of using low or nonfat cottage cheese as it has more liquid and the fluff will be soupier.

Cool Whip: This adds some sweetness and body and creaminess to the recipe.

Mini Marshmallows: This is my favorite part of the recipe! I add marshmallows to all my fluff recipes.

Overhead shot of bowl filled with cottage cheese, mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple

How to make Orange Jello Salad

1. Jello: Stir together the pineapple and oranges with the cottage cheese.

2. Mix: Stir in the jello powder, then mix in the marshmallows.

Overhead shot of bowl filled with cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and orange jello

3. Chill: Chill at least an hour before serving so the mixture can set up.

It’s super easy to make this recipe – 6 ingredients and about 5 minutes prep!

Orange jello salad in a small white bowl topped with mandarin oranges

Tips for Making Orange Jello Salad

  • Be sure to drain the pineapple and oranges so your mixture sets up.
  • You can also add nuts to this if you like – pecans would be yummy.
  • Like cherry? Add some chopped maraschino cherries too!
  • Use any flavor jello
  • Be sure drain your pineapple and oranges well!

Other Fluff Recipes

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Orange jello salad in a small white bowl topped with mandarin oranges

Orange Jello Salad

5 from 2 votes
An easy fluff salad recipe that's a classic with oranges and marshmallows!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple , drained really well
  • 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges , drained
  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 6 ounce box orange flavored jello
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows


  • Place pineapple, oranges, and cottage cheese in a large bowl. Stir, then mix in jello.
  • Add whipped topping and stir, then stir in marshmallows.
  • Chill one hour before serving.
  • Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Notes

Use any flavor jello
• Use oranges packed in juice so it’s not too sweet
• Use regular cottage cheese, not low fat

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword fluff, orange
Orange jello salad in a small white bowl topped with mandarin oranges with recipe title on top of image

Orange Jello Salad is an easy Mandarin Orange Fluff recipe! This side dish is a dessert salad and is perfect for potlucks with just 5 ingredients!

Dorothy Kern

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