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Mandarin Orange Jello Salad Recipe has just 6 ingredients and takes minutes to prepare. Whipped topping, jello, fruit and more make this salad sweet and delicious.

Mandarian Orange Jello Salad in a bowl
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This dessert salad is the best side dish and my family pretty much expects me to make it for any occasion. From Summer BBQ’s to Christmas dinner, this salad always has a place at the dinner table.

Lots of marshmallows, whipped cream, jello and fruit make each bite so creamy and decadent. It is light and fluffy texture and not heavy at all. My kids could eat this by the bowl for a snack. It is really so amazing.

With only 6 ingredients, anyone can make this with very little effort. If you can toss ingredients into a bowl and stir, you can make this recipe. It is just that simple! Also try Ambrosia Salad with Jello and Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad.

Why We Love This Recipe:

Since this easy recipe has only 6 ingredients, the entire dish is so frugal. I don’t mind at all when people ask me to bring this because it is so easy and inexpensive.

In fact, you can easily double this recipe if you have a large crowd to feed.  Sometimes, I do this anyway just so I can keep some at home if I’m taking this jello salad somewhere.

This family favorite side dish is so easy and always a hit out our family gatherings. I have even used other ingredients and the salad was amazing.


Cottage cheese, orange jello, mandarian oranges, marshmallows, crushed pineapple, whipped topping
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Orange Jello Powder Mix
  • Drained Mandarin Oranges
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Drained Crushed Pineapple
  • Whipped Topping, thawed

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Additions and Variations:

  • Sugar-Free Jello – Feel free to change the Jello to what you prefer. You can use lime jello, peach jello, or sugar free jello.
  • Mix-Ins – This orange fluff salad recipe is even better with other ingredients. We have added maraschino cherries, chopped nuts, and other fruits. We have added in peaches and used pineapple tidbits instead crushed pineapple.

Step by Step Instructions:

Placing the cottage cheese in a bowl

Step 1 – Add cottage cheese to a large mixing bowl.

Topping the cottage cheese with the orange jello

Step 2 – Sprinkle orange flavored jello pudding mix over cottage cheese and mix well.

Adding the oranges and pineapple to the cottage cheese mixture

Step 3 – Add mandarin oranges and pineapple to the orange jell-o.  Mix well.

Adding the marshmallows to the mixture

Step 4 – Stir in mini marshmallows.

Adding the whipped topping to the cottage change and orange mixture

Step 5 – Fold in cool whip to the cottage cheese mixture. The kids love to help with this part.

Combined ingredients in a bowl

Step 6 – Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving. You can do this overnight to really let the flavors blend together.

Recipe Tips:

  • Serving – Serve with additional mandarin oranges or whipped topping if you like. This is optional but looks pretty for garnishment.
  • Drain Fruit – Make sure to drain the fruit before mixing in with the other ingredients.
Mandarin Orange Jello in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days. We rarely have leftovers because everyone loves this fruit salad so much.

Can I Make in Advance?

Yes, you can make in advance. But I would prepare the base of the dessert salad and then when ready to serve mix in the whipped topping.

Can I Freeze?

We do not recommend freezing this dessert salad.

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Mandarin orange jello salad

5 from 48 votes
Mandarin orange jello salad recipe has just 6 ingredients and takes minutes to prepare. Whipped topping, jello, fruit and more make this salad delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill (at least one hour) 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Calories 253


  • 2 cups 1 – 16 oz container small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 small box 3.4 oz orange jello
  • 1 can 14 oz mandarin oranges, drained well
  • 1 can 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 container 8 oz whipped topping, thawed
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  • Add cottage cheese to large bowl
  • Sprinkle jello over cottage cheese and mix well
  • Add mandarin oranges and pineapple, mix well
  • Stir in mini marshmallows
  • Fold in whipped topping
  • Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving, overnight is fine
  • Serve with additional mandarin oranges or whipped topping, if you like
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator

Nutrition Facts

Calories 253kcal, Carbohydrates 48g, Protein 9g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 14mg, Sodium 305mg, Potassium 249mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 38g, Vitamin A 508IU, Vitamin C 47mg, Calcium 105mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Cabanna says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day.

  2. Carrie Barnard says:

    I think that this recipe would be good with just mandarin oranges and I recommend just leaving the pineapple out.

  3. Lori says:

    I’m a huge fan of the Jello fruit salads. I have made a peach one several times, and I have wondered about using other fruits and Jellos. I love mandarin oranges, so I was excited to find this, but I’m not thrilled about the pineapple. Due to severe dental issues, I can only eat very soft foods, and while pineapple can be tender, I sometimes struggle to eat it. I’m wondering if you have tried using other fruits in place of the pineapple, or maybe only used the mandarins, and leave the pineapple out completely. If not, do you have any suggestions for another fruit that’s flavor will mesh with the mandarins? Thanks in advance!