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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 6 ingredients it only takes about 5 minutes to make!

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. Old fashioned Orange jello salad is such a classic recipe; I found this one 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. It’s super easy to make this recipe – 6 ingredients and about 5 minutes prep!

Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make orange jello salad

5 Ingredients Needed

  • Canned 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. They also come in jars too – just buy your favorite brand.
  • Crushed Pineapple: Drain the excess liquid off.
  • Orange Jello: Orange gelatin gives it the orange color and a strong orange 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.

How to make Orange Jello Salad

  • Stir together the drained crushed pineapple and drained mandarin oranges with the cottage cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the jello mix.
  • Fold in the whipped topping and then stir in the mini marshmallows.
  • Chill at least an hour before serving so the mixture can set up.


Like all classic recipes, this fluff salad has some variations between families.

  • Vanilla Pudding: Don’t drain the pineapple. Add vanilla pudding in step one and stir – let sit 5 minutes for the pudding to soft set, then continue.
  • Cream Cheese: In step one, mix cream cheese with pineapple before stirring in oranges and cottage cheese.

You can use any flavor pudding mix and any flavor jello for a new fluff salad recipe, like Cherry Fluff or Tropical Fluff Salad!

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

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • 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 for a new fluff recipe flavor!


Can you make Orange Jello Salad without cottage cheese?

You can omit the cottage cheese and beat in 8-ounces of room temperature cream cheese.

How long does jello salad last?

Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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

Orange Jello Salad

5 from 14 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
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  • 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.

Recipe Video

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

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!

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Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

5 from 14 votes (13 ratings without comment)

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  1. This mandarin orange salad is so good every time we have potluck at church everyone likes it,it’s so easy to make

  2. I made this for church potluck everyone liked it my grandchildren even liked it will make this often .