Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe


This recipe for Orange Fluff Jello Salad recipe is a family favorite. I love it because it doesn’t take a lot of time to put together and can be ready in less than two hours. I hope you enjoy making this simple recipe and will share the results with me!

Of all the Jello Salad recipes out there, this one is my favorite because it emphasizes orange flavor, a favorite summer fruit, in a delightful fluffiness.

The BEST Orange Jello Fluff Salad Recipe

Orange Jello Fluff, that creamy whipped salad recipe you know and love with Mandarin Oranges, Mini Marshmallows and of course a creamy pudding mixture.

Orange Fluff, Pot Luck Salad made with 5 ingredients.

This is a favorite for any BBQ or Pot Luck. I’ve made this often when attending a family reunion where I have to travel. Why? Well, because it travels so well and I can throw it together quick and easily when I arrive!

Orange Fluff Salad

Orange Fluff or Orange Fluff Salad, or Mandarin Orange Salad are all the same simple recipe. With only 5 ingredients this side dish is perfect.

Even your pickiest of eaters will eat this Fluff Recipe, we promise.

Orange Fluff Salad in Bowl.  Orange Jello Fluff

Along the same type of Salad is also my other favorite, Pistachio Fluff Salad. When my boys were younger we called it Shreck Salad because it was green like Shreck and as you can imagine, they loved watching Shreck the movie.

Somehow it was affectionally named Shreck Salad in our home.

Both of these make excellent Summer Salads or Pot Luck Salads too. Never go empty handed to the neighborhood social. This is such an easy recipe!

How to make Orange Fluff Jello Salad?

Mandarin Orange Fluff Salad Ingredients

Making Orange Fluff Jello Salad is super easy. The ingredients are fairly simple with a box of orange jello, a box of vanilla pudding, marshmallows, Mandarin Oranges and of course whipped topping.


Step by Step Instructions

  • Mix together the Orange Jello with water and allow the Jello to fully dissolve. Then let it cool for about 30 minutes in the Refrigerator.
  • Add small box of Vanilla Pudding and stir.
  • Add whipped topping, marshmallows and oranges.
  • Salad can be kept in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • See complete recipe at bottom of post in Recipe Card.
Mixing Vanilla Pudding into Orange Jello
Orange Jello and Vanilla Pudding in bowl

How to Make Orange Fluff Salad without Cottage Cheese

When I grew up it seemed everyone was putting Cottage Cheese in a Jello Salad.

Can we just STOP all ready? Ewww! It’s not good.

So let’s stop trying to make Jello Healthy. Let’s just let it be what it is, a tasty whipped fluff salad recipe that everyone calls a salad even though it’s more like a dessert recipe.

This recipe for Orange Fluff does not call for Cottage Cheese. You can of course serve Cottage Cheese on the side if you really really want to. 😉

Creamsicle Orange Fluff Salad in small bowls.  Orange Fluff without Cottage Cheese

How many Ingredients are in Orange Fluff Salad?

There are 5 Ingredients in this recipe for Mandarin Orange Fluff Salad not including water.

  • 8oz container of Whipped topping
  • 1 small box of Orange Jello
  • 1 small box of Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 2 8oz cans of Mandarin Oranges (rinsed)

Is Orange Fluff a dessert or a salad?

Why can’t it be both? Orange Fluff is a salad recipe. With that said, everything in it says it’s a dessert.

But you know you love to attend a pot luck and see this Fluff Recipe on the Table with the other Salads. It just makes a PERFECT Pot Luck Salad Recipe.

Why is it called “Fluff” Salad?

Even though Orange Fluff has pudding, it also has marshmallows and Cool Whip, both help to lighten and fluff this salad up a bit.

Then mix in jello and it’s a perfect light and fluffy salad recipe

Can I use Instant Pudding?

We enjoy using Instant Pudding for it’s quick, fast and easy possibilities.

If we are making it to serve immediately we prefer using Instant Jello.

If we want to make it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a day or more, then using Cooked Pudding is ideal as it hold up better longer.

Mandarin Orange Fluff Salad in bowl

Can you Freeze Orange Fluff?

Yes, you can! However, this recipe has Jello in it and Freezing Jello will change the texture and consistency.

The Flavor will remain the same. So Freeze with caution. You may not like the consistency once it has thawed.

Jello Salad Variations

There are so many combination, let me name a few!

  • Raspberry Jello with fresh raspberries
  • Pineapple Jello with crushed Pineapple
  • Strawberry Jello with fresh sliced strawberries
  • Lemon Jello with fresh Strawberries or Raspberries! Ohhhh think about what that will taste like!

Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

Whether you serve it as a side dish or a light dessert, our Orange Fluff Jello salad is creamy and delicious. Made with jello, pudding, cool whip, and fruit, it’s always a crowd favorite. The entire family will love this orange fluff recipe!

Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

This classic Orange Fluff Jello Salad is delicious as a side or as a dessert.

With a mixture of pudding, jello, marshmallows and cool whip, it’s light, creamy, and fluffy all at the same time. And the orange flavor brings it all together to make a great recipe!

We add in mandarin oranges and bananas for a fruitier flavor and whether you’re taking it to a party, feeding a crowd, or looking for an easy side dish – it feeds a BIG group. It’ll quickly become a favorite recipe in your home!


With the cool whip and marshmallows, this orange fluff salad recipe is perfectly light and fluffy – hence the name “fluff.”

With the creamed pudding and jello mixture added in, it makes the texture even fluffier. You really can’t go wrong with this easy recipe for orange jello salad.


  • Cook and Serve vanilla pudding (do not use instant pudding)
  • orange jell-o
  • water
  • Cool Whip
  • mini marshmallows
  • mandarin oranges
  • 3 bananas
  • optional: small curd cottage cheese


Pro Tip: We recommend only using Cook and Serve pudding with this sweet side dish. It doesn’t set up as well, stay together as long, or have quite as creamy of a texture if you use instant pudding.


We have never tried making this recipe with sugar-free jello or pudding, but according to some of our reader comments below, it will still work.

If you try it, leave us a comment below and let us know!

How far in advance can I make this recipe?

We would not recommend making this further in advance than the morning you’re planning on eating it. The mandarin oranges tend to release moisture the longer they are in the salad, so it starts getting runny after too long.

If you want to make it the day before, we would recommend just doing the first step of the recipe (mixing together the jello mix, pudding mix, and water and letting it set up in the fridge).

cool whip, oranges, and marshmallows being mixed together in a big bowl

Do I prepare the jello or pudding mixture before adding them to the recipe?

No. The recipe requires just the mix (the powder packet) of both the Jello and the pudding. Do not prepare the jello or pudding as listed on their boxes.


yield: 6 servings

prep time: 10 minutes

chill time: 1 hour

total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Orange Fluff Salad – a retro side dish or dessert made with jello, whipped topping, fruit, and marshmallows. Filled with lots of sweet, classic flavors!PRINT


  • 1 container (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 small box (3 oz.) orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (8 oz.) pineapple, crushed, drained
  • Additional whipped topping, for garnish (optional)
  • Additional mandarin oranges, for garnish (optional)


  1. Place the whipped topping in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the orange gelatin over the top of the whipped topping and stir until blended.
  3. Fold the oranges and pineapple into the whipped topping mixture.
  4. Stir in marshmallows.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  6. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.


  • You can easily double or triple this recipe!
  • This is a great recipe for when you need something that’s going to feed a lot of people.


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 Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

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