Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad

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Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad is one of those recipes that brings back memories for many of us.  But we may not have thought about it for years, it’s that easy to forget about.  I’ll never forget the first time I tried this salad, it was served at one of my best friend’s home. I totally loved it then and I still love it just as much now. 

ORANGE SALAD – AN OLD FASHIONED ORANGE JELLO SALAD

Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad is a cool, refreshing summer salad that can be eaten as a dessert or a side dish.  This vintage orange fluff recipe only has five ingredients, and can be mixed together in a flash. Summer is the perfect time to try some of these old-fashioned “salads” that basically give you permission to eat dessert with your dinner and not afterwards!

ORANGE JELLO SALAD RECIPE

It’s me again, Barbara. I’m here, eating another old fashioned salad.  Again. I don’t know what it is, but I love all vintage salad recipes. The fact that my Grandparent’s generation considered a salad to be any combination of Cool Whip, Jello, canned fruit and marshmallows a makes me think I was born in the wrong era.

Good bye kale and spinach salad. Hello sweet, creamy, sweet dessert salad.

The texture of orange jello cottage cheese salad is light and fluffy with the addition of mini marshmallows that plump up while the salad sets up in the refrigerator. I choose orange Jello so that it would taste like an orange creamsicle salad but the sky is the limit. Pick whatever flavor of Jello that your family loves.

INGREDIENT LIST FOR OLD FASHIONED ORANGE JELLO SALAD

WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE ORANGE JELLO SALAD?

Orange Jello (sugar-free gives the best orange color)

Cottage Cheese

Cool Whip

Mini Marshmallows

Crushed Pineapple, drained well

ORANGE JELLO COTTAGE CHEESE SALAD

This recipe is so old fashioned that it not only has a box of Jell-o mix, but it also has cottage cheese.

The strange thing is that you can’t even tell. It gives the old fashioned orange jello salad some texture, but it doesn’t affect the flavor whatsoever.

When it comes to the jello, I prefer to use sugar-free because it has a more vibrant orange color than the regular version.  This seems to be the case for all flavors of jello.  If you want to use the regular box of Jello, you might consider adding a few drops of food coloring to make it prettier.

HOW TO MAKE ORANGE SALAD WITH MARSHMALLOWS:

Instructions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients – orange jello mix, Cool Whip (whipped topping), cottage cheese, mini marshmallows and drained, crushed pineappe.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum 2 hours before serving.

NOTES ABOUT EASY ORANGE JELLO SALAD WITH COOL WHIP:

  • Try swapping out other flavors or Jello including lime or strawberry for a whole new easy jello salad.
  • Be sure to drain the crushed pineapple.
  • Sugar-free orange jello mix gives the best orange color. If you use the regular variety, you can leave it white or add food coloring to make it prettier.
  • For a low fat and calorie version of orange jello salad with cool whip, make the following substitutions:
    • use sugar free Jello,
    • use fat free Cool Whip,
    • omit marshmallows completely
    • replace marshmallows with extra cottage cheese (fat free type).
  • If you want an vibrant orange color to easy jello salad, add a few drops of food coloring.
  • This recipe is very flexible. Add more or less or omit cottage cheese and marshmallows. Swap crushed pineapple for pineapple chunks or mandarin oranges or change up the flavor of Jello.  You can’t really screw this up!

EASY MANDARIN ORANGE JELLO SALAD

How to make a quick and easy mandarin orange Jello salad with cottage cheese, pineapple, and Cool Whip. Fluff dessert recipe perfect for holiday dinners.

I’m not sure I can ever remember a family holiday dinner without some sort of Jello mold or Jello salad, whether it was lime, strawberry, or orange Jello salad.

It’s always just a given that everyone’s favorite retro side dish/dessert will be sitting there on the table; and by the time dinner is over, that orange fluff (or lime or strawberry) will pretty much be decimated.

This orange fluff recipe will take you back to the good old days.

It’s super quick and easy to make; we’re talking 10 minutes at the most. And it only has a few simple ingredients, including an orange Jello mix, cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip (or whatever type of whipped cream you prefer).

Like ambrosia salad and Watergate salad and strawberry Jello cottage cheese salad, orange fluff Jello salad also contains mini marshmallows, giving it a very fluffy consistency and texture… This being the very reason it’s sometimes called fluff.

I don’t know about you, but I could eat this stuff up. Raise your hand if you’re ready for Thanksgiving dinner (raises hand).

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my fruit salad recipe making tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the orange fluff salad recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

  • Small curd cottage cheese – While you can use large curd cottage cheese, small curd gives the best texture to the salad.
  • Orange Jello mix
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Crushed pineapple – or you could use pineapple tidbits.
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Whipped topping – Cool Whip is the easiest.

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED:

Large Bowl and Spatula for mixing

Can Strainer or Colander – This makes it easy to drain the mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple

HOW TO MAKE MANDARIN ORANGE JELLO SALAD

There’s really not a whole lotta prep to this recipe besides draining the fruit; so really, you can just dive in.

  1. First add the cottage cheese and Jello mix to a large mixing bowl, and mix well.
  2. Next add the mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple (both drained well) to the cottage cheese mixture, and mix well.
  3. Stir in the mini marshmallows.
  4. Fold in the whipped topping.

Once it’s all mixed up, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour before serving; overnight is fine too.

When you go to serve it, you can serve with additional mandarin oranges or whipped cream. Just make sure you store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

DO I MAKE THE JELLO BEFORE ADDING IT TO THE RECIPE?

No. In this case, you simply want to add the powdered Jello mix. It’s so super easy.

If you make the Jello beforehand, it will change the entire recipe and may not work out so well.

CAN I USE SUGAR-FREE JELLO INSTEAD?

While I haven’t tried this, I don’t see why not. Sugar-free Jello should work just as well as regular Jello.

Seeing that this is a Jello salad with fruit and marshmallows, it may prove difficult to make it completely sugar-free; but there are ways to cut down on the sugar…

  • Use sugar-free whipped cream.
  • With the fruit, you’ll want to be sure there’s no sugar added and that it’s canned in 100% fruit juice, not syrup.
  • Look for sugar-free marshmallows. If all you can find are bigger marshmallows, you can cut them into smaller pieces.

SHOULD I USE FRESH OR CANNED FRUIT?

While you can use fresh pineapple and mandarin oranges, I usually just go with canned because it’s easier.

That’s not to say you couldn’t garnish or decorate the top of your salad with fresh fruit, though. Add a dollop of Cool Whip on top, and place a slice of orange or chunk of pineapple on top.

HOW FAR AHEAD CAN I MAKE ORANGE FLUFF?

Personally, I wouldn’t make this recipe more than a day ahead.

You can make it the afternoon before and chill it in the fridge overnight. In fact, it helps the flavors all meld together if you let it chill for at least an hour or two before serving.

All in all, orange Jello fruit salad should keep in the fridge for about 1-2 days. After that it’ll start to get a bit mushy and yucky, so you’ll want to eat it up those first couple days.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s best to make this fruit salad the day of or day before and just chill it in the refrigerator.

If you freeze this fruity orange dessert salad, it will likely get very soggy and watery and just be kind of a mess.

WAYS TO CHANGE UP A JELLO SALAD

There are a few ways you can add a little variety to orange pineapple fluff.

  • Use a different flavor Jello, like lime or strawberry or raspberry or blackberry.
  • Substitute a different type of fruit, like a fruit cocktail mix or fresh strawberries or raspberries or blackberries.
  • Add walnuts or pecans to your mandarin orange Jello salad.
  • Use pineapple tidbits instead of crushed pineapple.
  • Add flavored marshmallows instead of regular.
  • Use Dream Whip instead of Cool Whip.

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH JELLO SALAD?

Jello salad makes a wonderful complementary side dish to Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the sides. It also complements Christmas dinner and Easter dinner quite nicely.

Of course, it’d also make a great side dish/dessert for a potluck dinner or backyard bbq. Any meal you’ll have a crowd is a great time to serve an orange fluff salad.

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