Orange Fluff Salad Recipe

This cool and creamy Orange Fluff Salad Recipe is made with jello, whipped topping, mandarin oranges and a surprise ingredient that you wouldn’t expect!

This cool and creamy Orange Fluff Salad Recipe is made with jello, whipped topping, mandarin oranges and a surprise ingredient that you wouldn't expect!pinterestA few weeks ago I went to a potluck with my family and one of our friends brought this Orange Fluff Salad. Everyone demolished it and my kids couldn’t stop talking about it. I asked my friend for her recipe and she gladly handed it over so I could share it with you all!

Orange Fluff Salad Ingredients:

  • Frozen Whipped Topping – make sure it’s thawed out before use.
  • Orange Jello Mix – you don’t need to actually make the jello, just using the powder for this recipe!
  • Cottage Cheese – yes, you read that right! Get the 4% fat, small or large curd.
  • Mandarin Oranges – sometimes we double these and it’s great!
  • Mini Marshmallows – totally optional, but I love the added texture it brings to the dessert

Combine the jello mix and thawed cool whip in a bowl and stir to combine.

How To Make Orange Jello Salad

  • You do NOT need to pre-make the jello for this recipe, all we are doing is stirring ingredients together.
  • Stir together the thawed whipped topping and orange jello mix until combined.
  • Add in the cottage cheese and mandarin oranges and gently fold together.
  • If you’re adding in the marshmallows do it now and then chill the dessert until ready to eat!

Combine the cottage cheese and oranges together in a bowl and stir to combine.

Jello Salad Variations and Tips:

This super quick Jello Salad dessert can take on so many different flavors! Here are some great variations to try…

  • Use raspberry jello mix and fresh raspberries.
  • Pineapple jello mix with fresh pineapple bits.
  • Try using sugar free jello mix to make it a little less sweet.

Can You Make Orange Fluff Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes! This recipe is great for mixing up a day in advance and chilling in the fridge. The mandarin oranges might give the salad a little extra moisture when it sits, so you’ll just want to stir it up again before serving.

More Fluff Salad Recipes To Make:

SO GOOD! I took this Orange Fluff Salad Recipe to a potluck and it was the first thing gone! Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe!

Trust me, you’re going to want to print this recipe out. It’s a total keeper!

Just 5 simple ingredients and a dessert that’s ready in 5 minutes! Doesn’t get much easier than this!

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SO GOOD! I took this Orange Fluff Salad Recipe to a potluck and it was the first thing gone! Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe!
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Orange Fluff Salad Recipe

This cool and creamy Orange Fluff Salad Recipe is made with jello, whipped topping, mandarin oranges and a surprise ingredient that you wouldn't expect!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 264 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 oz package orange gelatin mix, just the powder
  • 16 oz of 4% fat cottage cheese, small or large curd will work
  • 14 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  • Combine the thawed whipped topping and orange gelatin powder together in a large bowl and stir until combined.
  • Add in the cottage cheese, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows and gently fold in until mixture is combined.
  • You can enjoy right away or chill covered in the fridge until ready to serve. The flavors tend to blend better after it's been chilled for at least 1 hour.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1002IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Dessert Salad, Fluff Salad, Jello Salad, Orange Jello, Party, Pot Luck, Summer
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SO GOOD! I took this Orange Fluff Salad Recipe to a potluck and it was the first thing gone! Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
56 Responses
  1. Linda W Ponder

    I used to make this Orange Fluff Salad all the time when our children were young. I made this recipe & realized was missing so I looked back at my recipe and saw it was crushed pineapple. You might want to try it with pineapple too.

  2. Jenny Worthington

    My family has made this recipe for YEARS! Although we add some pineapple tidbits to it also. And once in a while some shredded coconut. But otherwise it’s the same recipe. I always make a HUGE bowl of it and it’s gone within 2 days!

  3. Kathy Riley

    I love Orange Fluff! My recipe is a little different… no marshmallows, sour cream instead of cottage cheese, and I add pineapple with the mandarine oranges. So good anytime of year!

  4. Shirley Dampier

    5 stars
    I changed it up…left out the marshmallows, used cherry jello and pineapple tidbits…if that wasn’t delicious enough I sprinkled a few mini semi-sweet chocolate chips on top. Omg

  5. Phyllis

    My mother used to make this when we were on Weight Watchers many years ago. We made it with no sugar jello, no sugar Cool Whip and I would eat it for lunch.

      1. Carol

        I’ve been making this since 1973, when my grandmother showed me how to make it without the marshmallows. It is a favorite at family gatherings.

    1. Karen Sherman

      4 stars
      I find if you put the cottage cheese in a strainer and shake as much of the milk out as you can before adding to recipe it tastes so much better

  6. Patty Mason

    5 stars
    This is easy to make and very good. I was more familiar with the Watergate Salad (pistachio pudding) but I tried your recipe and I think I like yours better. I took it to a pot luck and some people ate it is a side dish and some ate it as a dessert. There were no left overs.

  7. Star

    I’ve made my orange fluff using orange jello powder and cool whip vanilla pudding powder mandarin orange slices and pineapple and marshmallows. and it is awesome!!

  8. Missy

    5 stars
    So simple, and we all loved it! Fun to make, and a fast, easy recipe for the Junior Chefs in your life – and may even get the picky ones curious enough to try cottage cheese! We used to make Watergate salad with pineapple and pistachio pudding and some other simple ingredients – this is another easy recipe to add to the collection of quick summer salads or desserts!! Thank you Shawn!

  9. Maribel

    Hi Shawn,
    I just made this recipe just as indicated and can’t say I cared for the taste. It was NOT sweet enough for me, so I added some (about 1/4 c. or so) of powder sugar. That fixed it a bit, but it also made it real soft w/o any consistency so I poured it into cupcake liners and froze. That in turn came out “decent” at best and will deal with it as it is. Maybe I try it some other way next time.

    1. Shawn

      Hey Maribel, I feel like the flavor and sweetness intensifies when it sits for a while. How long did you let it sit before adding extra sugar?

    2. Cathy Fleming

      You should’ve tried sugar instead of powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is too fine a consistency where sugar isn’t. Sometimes you have to play with a recipe trying this or that until you get get it the way you want it.

  10. Ginger Cooper

    I make one we call Orange stuff, but use pineapple instead of oranges and no marshmallows. I will have to try the oranges next time I make it! Sounds good!

  11. Kathleen Thomas


      1. Dawn

        It is amazing either way. The cream cheese version was a staple at even family gathering on my.moms side of the family, courtesy of my Gram. When my gram passed earlier this year, we celebrated with none other than orange jello salad. I make the cottage cheese version. I always use sugar free jello and my favorite was is to leave out the fruit and marshmallows, make it with lemon jello and then top with fresh berries. So good that way. In fact I am making some tomorrow!

        1. Shawn

          The consistency of the fluff salad would change without it. If you’re not going to use the cottage cheese, you’ll want to double up on the whipped topping at least.

  12. Angela Hartmann

    Have you tried this by also using chopped pecans? This salad looks amazing and I love the variations. Thank you for sharing.


    In my family, we use lime Jello and call it “Green Stuff”.–usually for Christmas or Thanksgiving. It’s a staple.

  14. Cindy G.

    My grandma and mother made this salad all the time. I don’t like plain cottage cheese but I love this salad. I eat it for breakfast some days. Never thought of using Raspberries and Raspberry Jello. Will try that this weekend! Oh, and we use pineapple instead of the marshmellows.

    1. Shawn

      That’s awesome that your grandmother made this salad all the time! You’ll have to let me know how you like the raspberry version!

  15. carol heckman

    5 stars
    for a change use peach jello and peach slices. soooo good, my husband likes this version better than the orange one.

      1. Emily Wilson

        Can you make this without mini marshmallows? Is there anything needed to sweeten it if so or is it sweet enough? Also, the sugar free jello mix is only .3 oz. Is that sufficient for a substitute?

    1. Shawn

      You could substitute the cottage cheese with plain greek yogurt, but trust me… the cottage cheese in this recipe is what makes it! It doesn’t taste like cottage cheese, it gives it that “frog eye salad” texture. (frog eye salad is a sweet pudding dessert made with small round pasta for texture)

  16. Jo Ann Hansen

    I’ve made a similar salad…everything that is in it except marshmallows and instead, add 1 can of drained pineapple tidbits….sometimes I cut them up….This is a fabulous summer salad or anytime you want it….mine never lasts longer than two days!!!! Got the recipe from my Grandmother Riley in Alabama many, many years ago!!!!!!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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