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Easy Orange Fluff Salad

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Orange fluff salad is a refreshing dessert that’s light and airy, with a citrusy flavor that’s sure to please. Making orange fluff is easy, and it only requires a few simple ingredients.

Bowl of orange fluff topped with a mandarin orange.

Why We Like This Recipe

  • It’s easy to make – With only a few ingredients and minimal prep time, this dessert is perfect for when you want something delicious but don’t have a lot of time.
  • It’s refreshing – The citrusy flavor of the orange combined with the light and airy texture makes this dessert perfect for warm weather.
  • It’s versatile – You can dress up this dessert by adding toppings like whipped cream, fresh fruit, or even crushed cookies. It’s also a great addition to any holiday dessert table.

It may be called “salad,” but it’s really a cool, sweet treat that can be enjoyed as a delicious side dish or dessert. Let’s take a look at how to make it.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tub Cool Whip (8 ounces)
  • 1 Box Orange Gelatin Powder (3 ounces)
  • 1 Can Mandarin Oranges, drained (14 ounces)
  • 1 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
Ingredients to make Orange Fluff.

Directions

Gelatin mix on top of whipped topping in a large glass mixing bowl.

Combine the whipped cream and orange gelatin powder in a large mixing bowl.

Whipped cream and gelatin whipped together in a bowl.

Mix until no white streaks remain.

Mandarin oranges, marshmallows, shredded coconut, and cottage cheese in a large bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients to the jello mixture and fold them in until fully combined.

Serve immediately or store in the fridge, covered, until ready to serve. This dessert will last in the fridge for up to a week if stored properly in an airtight container. However, it’s best to consume it within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • This can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Cover it with plastic wrap to help prevent it from drying out. 
  • For best results, make this a day in advance so that the flavors can meld together.
  • The mixture will separate some during storage. Simply stir it well before serving to redistribute the ingredients.
  • The marshmallows will get much gooier once stored. Don’t be alarmed, this is normal because marshmallows are mostly sugar, and sugar “melts” when it gets moist.
  • Swap out various gelatin flavors to change up the entire flavor of the salad. Some people like to use vanilla instant pudding mix in place of gelatin.
  • Other popular add-ins are sour cream, yogurt, fruit cocktail, fresh pineapple tidbits, chopped pecans, etc. There have been plenty of variations of fluff salad recipes throughout the years.
Woman's hand placing an orange slice on top of Orange Fluff.

If you like to enjoy fruity “salads’ for dessert, be sure to check out our recipe for Ambrosia Salad.

Bowl of orange fluff topped with a mandarin orange.

Orange Fluff Salad

You can never go wrong with a classic recipe like this orange fluff salad. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make and it comes together quickly. A deliciously sweet and fruity side dish for most occasions.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed
  • 3 ounces Orange Gelatin Powder
  • 14 ounces Mandarin Oranges drained
  • 1 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut

Instructions

  • Combine the whipped cream and orange gelatin powder in a large mixing bowl and mix until no white streaks remain.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the jello mixture and fold them in until fully combined.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge, covered, until ready to serve.

Notes

  • This can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Cover it with plastic wrap to help prevent it from drying out.
  • For best results, make this a day in advance so that the flavors can meld together.
  • The mixture will separate some during storage. Simply stir it well before serving to redistribute the ingredients.
  • The marshmallows will get much gooier once stored. Don’t be alarmed, this is normal because marshmallows are mostly sugar, and sugar “melts” when it gets moist.
  • Swap out various gelatin flavors to change up the entire flavor of the salad. Some people like to use vanilla instant pudding mix in place of gelatin.
  • Other popular add-ins are sour cream, yogurt, fruit cocktail, fresh pineapple tidbits, chopped pecans, etc. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 566IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg
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