Mandarin Salad With Cool Whip


This Mandarin salad with cool whip is the perfect way to end summer, so I hope you will try it! Mmmm……. I love Mandarin oranges. They’re great to snack on and they taste good in just about every application you can use them with, whether it’s alone or mixed with some other fruit. My favorite way to eat them is when they’re put over lettuce wedges and then drizzled with cool whip. It’s a really simple recipe, but it’s so delicious!

Mandarin Orange Salad


1 pkg Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix (use dry) I would use sugar free1 Large can Crushed Pineapple (undrained)2 Medium/Large cans Mandarin Oranges (drained)1 pkg Cool Whip 8 oz ( and you could use fat free)

How To Make Mandarin Orange Salad

Mix together Cool Whip and Instant vanilla pudding (do NOT make the pudding, just use it dry).Add undrained crushed pineapple and both cans of drained Mandarin Oranges. (Use as many mandarins as you like, more/less) Save a few mandarin oranges to decorate the top of salad. Refrigerate until it thickens again maybe a couple of hours before you need to use it.Use as a side dish with a meal or serve with ice cream as a dessert!You can make this healthier by choosing low/no sugar instant pudding mix and cool whip, and fresh mandarins. I particularly like the whipped cool whip for my salad as per the original.Try it a few times to see what suits you best.


Mandarin orange Jello salad is a sweet treat made with mandarin oranges, pineapple, Jello gelatin, Cool Whip, and plenty of mini marshmallows! It has a creamy, mousse-like consistency and a flavor that is reminiscent of an orange Dreamsicle. If you’re looking for an easy after-dinner dessert, this chilled mandarin orange Jello salad is just what you need!


Mandarin orange jello salad is one of my favorite summertime desserts! The bright citrus flavor and cool, creamy texture are always so refreshing when I’m craving something sweet.

I make my orange Jello salad without cottage cheese, but I do add mini marshmallows and whipped cream. Imagine, a creamy Dreamsicle that you’d eat with a spoon!


This recipe only calls for a few common and inexpensive ingredients. I prefer the regular Jello orange flavor, but you can opt for sugar-free Jello for a slightly less sweet taste.

Photo displaying ingredients needed for mandarin orange jello salad.
  • Orange Gelatin – 1 6-ounce package of orange Jello or any brand of gelatin.
  • Cool Whip – 1 8-ounce tub.
  • Canned Mandarin Oranges – 16 ounces, drained.
  • Crushed Pineapple – 20 ounces, drained.
  • Mini Marshmallows – 1 ½ cups.

*Be sure to see the recipe card below for ingredients, amounts & instructions!*


The steps to this recipe are simple! You’ll only need to gather your ingredients, mix in a large bowl, and chill to set.

  1. Thaw. Set your Cool Whip out at room temperature to thaw for about 15 minutes before combining the salad ingredients.
  2. Combine. In a large mixing bowl combine the softened 8 ounce tub container of Cool Whip, 6 ounces dry orange Jello gelatin powder, 16 ounces drained mandarin oranges, 20 ounces drained crushed pineapple, and 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows. Mix until well combined (there will still be some grainy texture from the powdered Jello).
  3. Chill. Cover the mandarin orange Jello salad with cling film and place it in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Serve. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Stir before serving.

This recipe makes 8 servings but could very easily be stretched to 12 if served with other sides or desserts. A fresh fruit salad or Orange Crush soda cupcakes would be great choices that are suitable for summer get togethers. Enjoy!


  • Make sure to plan ahead because chilling the Jello salad is essential.
  • The mini marshmallows can be folded in last, just before chilling if desired.
  • Storing: Keep mandarin orange Jello salad covered in the refrigerator and enjoy within 4 days.

Orange Dreamsicle Salad

A staple at holidays and potlucks for generations, orange fluff salad is light, creamy, and dreamy! An easy fruit salad that can be whipped up in minutes!

Orange Fluff Salad

Who remembers those fluff salads that your mom or grandma used to make for the holidays? Fluff salads first hit the scene in the early 1900s, as more and more households started to have refrigerators. As new flavors of gelatin, pudding, etc. appeared in supermarkets, home chefs created a variety of fun, fruity dishes to share on special occasions.

This orange fluff salad recipe is one of the most beloved fluffy fruit salads. Is it a salad? Is it a dessert? It’s whatever you want it to be! It can even be served as a side dish, for a fun contrast to savory foods.

Mandarin orange salad is a summer staple — it’s light, fruity, and refreshing. This summertime salad features mandarin oranges and Cool Whip combined into a sweet fluff.

I also call it Dreamsicle Salad because it tastes just like an orange creamsicle — sweet, fruity, and creamy! But the best part is the texture. The jello mixes with the whipped topping to create an impossibly fluffy treat. It’s like eating a cloud! No wonder both kids and grown-ups love it!

Even better, this dish is incredibly easy to make, with just 6 simple ingredients. It’s great for entertaining and for adding a touch of nostalgia to any event!

Let’s make it!


  • 1 Tub of Cool Whip (8 ounce size)
  • 1 Box of Orange Gelatin Mix (3 ounce size)
  • 1 Can of Mandarin Oranges, drained (14 ounce can)
  • 1 ½ Cups of Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Cup of Cottage Cheese (can use regular or light)
  • 1 Cup of Sweetened Shredded Coconut

Kitchen Tools Used

  • Large Mixing Bowl — This one comes with a handy lid for easier storing!
  • Wooden spoon or spatula


Whisk together whipped topping and orange jello mix in a large bowl, until fluffy and smooth.

Fold the oranges, marshmallows, cottage cheese, and shredded coconut in to the fluff mixture, until evenly distributed. Be sure to thoroughly drain the oranges first — you don’t want the juice to water down the salad. If the cottage cheese has any excess liquid, drain that away too.

This salad is great because you can customize it to really make it your own. Feel free to try adding any or all of these mix-ins:

  • Chopped pecans or your favorite nuts
  • Sour cream
  • Fruit cocktail (drain the juice first)
  • Maraschino cherries (these are perfect to garnish each serving!)
  • Pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple (be sure to drain the juice)

While you can indeed serve right away, I recommend placing in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. This gives all the flavors a chance to mingle and really develop.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Fluff Salad Stay Good?

This dish needs to be kept refrigerated. If not serving right away after mixing it up, you’ll want to store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy. It will stay good when properly stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Do not freeze.

When serving leftovers, be sure to give the bowl a good stir, as some of the ingredients may begin to separate.

Why is My Fluff Salad Runny?

It is natural for the ingredients to separate over time, and when the salad gets runny (typical after 3 days or so) then it’s probably time to toss it. However, if your salad is runny when you make it, then it’s possible that the fruit wasn’t drained adequately. The fruit juice from the mandarin slices can water down the salad if you don’t make sure to get all the liquid out before mixing.

You’ll also want to be sure to drain any excess liquid from the cottage cheese before adding to the salad too.

Can You Use Sugar Free Jello?

Yes, you are welcome to use sugar free orange jello in place of the regular jello mix in this recipe. Doing so will reduce the amount of sugar per serving by about 9 grams. You can also substitute low sugar ingredients wherever possible, such as using unsweetened shredded coconut. Keep in mind that using low sugar or low fat ingredients can slightly alter the flavor from the original recipe, but it should still be quite tasty.

Fun fact: This creamsicle fluff contains both vitamin A and vitamin C, plus a bit of calcium. So if you cut out some of the sugar, it’s actually a sneaky way to get the kids to eat their vitamins!

Can You Use Whipped Cream instead of Cool Whip?

In this case, I suggest sticking with whipped topping. Since it is made with hydrogenated oil, whipped topping is more stable than whipped cream. The whipped topping will stay “fluffy” longer, while the whipped cream may liquify. And we definitely want this orange fluff recipe to be fluffy, not soupy!

Can You Use a Different Flavor of Jello?

If orange jell-o isn’t your favorite, or you want to try something new, feel free to use a different flavor! The amount of combinations and variations are endless!

If doing so, you may want to also switch out the fruit. For example, if using strawberry jello, you may want to include sliced strawberries instead of the mandarin orange. If using lime jello, pineapples make the perfect pairing (see our pineapple lime jello salad recipe below!) Another idea might be to use raspberry jello with fruit cocktail. So many options!


Southern Ambrosia Salad is a must-have at any gathering! Cool Whip, pineapple, grapes, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries and sweetened coconut flakes!


Fruit salads really signal the beginning of summer to me. I start making them a lot! Some of my favorites are this Ambrosia Salad, Orange Creamsicle Salad, Orange,  Mixed Fruit Salad, or even an Orange Chicken Pasta Salad. It’s the best time of year for all of these salads that are perfect to take to a cookout. Folks always love when they see a good fruit salad sitting on the table!


Do you taste the sour cream in ambrosia salad?

Do I have to use coconut?

No. You can leave the shredded coconut out if you absolutely can’t stand coconut but it is a traditional ingredient in ambrosia.

Can I use sugar free options?

There are natural sugars in the fruits themselves. However, if you want to cut the sugar then try to find the canned fruit that is packed in sugar-free juice. You can also buy sugar free whipped topping.

What are some other fruit options?

There really is no wrong answer here. You can pretty much add most of your favorite fruits. Raspberries, sliced bananas, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds all work here.

How do I store leftovers?

Ambrosia is always best the day it’s made or the day after. After that it starts to break down and lose its consistency as the fruits release their juices. Store covered and in the refrigerator. Eat within a day.

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