If you are in the mood for a fruity salad that’s both light and refreshing, give this Orange Fluff Jello Salad a try! The combination of juicy mandarin oranges, sweet whipped cream, and fluffy marshmallows makes for a delightful treat that’s perfect for any occasion. My favorite part is that it can be prepared in a matter of minutes with just a handful of ingredients.
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What is orange fluff?
Orange fluff is a Jell-O salad that has been around, surprisingly, since the 1950s. It often includes orange jello, whipped cream and cottage cheese. It’s popularly served during the summer at BBQs, church gatherings, potlucks, etc. There are many different variations for it, but this one is my particular favorite. This dish only takes about 5 minutes to prepare.
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What do I need to make the Orange Fluff Jello Salad?
This classic Jello salad recipe comes together in minutes with just five simple ingredients. Here is what you will need to make this delicious sweet treat:
- Orange Jell-O
- Whipped Cream
- Cottage Cheese
- Mini Marshmallows
- Shredded Sweetened Coconut
- Mandarin orange slices
How do I make Jello Fluff Salad?
This easy Cool Whip and Jello recipe takes about five minutes to make in two steps. Here is what you will need to do to make the dessert salad.
Step 1: Combine the Jello and Cool Whip
In a large mixing bowl, combine the orange Jello and Cool Whip until well blended and uniformly orange in color.
Step 2: Fold in the remainder of the ingredients
Add the cottage cheese, mini marshmallows, shredded coconut and drained Mandarin orange slices to the bowl with the jello and Cool Whip. Gently fold all the ingredients together. This can be served immediately. However, I like to make it an hour a ahead of time, so the flavors have time to marry in the bowl.
Orange Fluff Salad FAQ
How far ahead of time can I make the fluff salad?
While this salad can be served immediately after making it, it will taste best prepared ahead of time. I like to make mine at least one hour ahead of time so it has time to soak up all the flavors. It can even be made the day before and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Can I add additional ingredients to the salad?
Absolutely, this classic fluff salad recipe has a number of variations. Here are some ideas for add-ins:
- Maraschino cherries
- Chopped walnuts
- Sour cream
- Drained fruit cocktail
If you do decide to add additional ingredients, experiment with them one at a time so that you can enjoy the full range of flavors in this delicious recipe. Plus, you can weed through the variations and see which you like best.
How do I serve Orange Fluff Salad?
This scrumptious orange salad can be served all by itself for a dessert or a snack. It also tastes great with whipped cream on top and additional Mandarin orange slices or Maraschino cherries for garnish. This dessert salad is perfect to take to a potluck party, family get-together or barbecue.
Can I use a different flavor of Jell-o?
Yes, you can easily swap out the flavor of the gelatin. If you decide too do this, change the added fruit to match the flavor of Jell-o. Other popular flavors to make are cherry and strawberry.
Orange Fluff Jello Salad
- 8 ounces Cool Whip tub
- 3 ounce Box Orange Gelatin Powder
- 1 Can Mandarin Oranges drained (14 ounces)
- 1 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows
- 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
- 1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
- Combine the whipped cream and orange jello powder in a large mixing bowl and mix until well blended and uniform in color.
- Fold in the remaining ingredients: drained Mandarin oranges, cottage cheese and shredded coconut.
- Serve immediately and enjoy! This can also be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
After storing, mix it before serving again to redistribute the ingredients.
The marshmallows will get much gooier once stored, but this can actually enhance the flavor of the fluff salad.
Swap out various jello flavors to change up the entire flavor of the salad.
Other popular add-ins are sour cream, yogurt, drained fruit cocktail and chopped pecans. This classic recipe has many variations, so it is easy to alter to your desired preference as long as the cool whip to gelatin ratio remain the same.