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Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

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Every Sunday, our Mom would make some sort of jello as a side dish to our delicious dinner.  It was usually my favorite part of the meal!  This recipe was one of our favorites growing up, and now my little family eats it right up.  Plus, it makes a lot so it is a great side dish for parties or big dinners!

This dish is tasty enough to be a side dish or dessert!
Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 large package Cook and Serve vanilla pudding (4.6 ounces)
1 large package orange jell-o (6 ounces)
2 cups water
1 16 oz Cool-Whip (lite or fat-free is fine)
1/2 bag mini marshmallows
20 ounce can pineapple tidbits (drained)
22 ounces mandarin oranges (drained)
2 to 3  bananas, sliced (Optional, put in before serving so they don’t turn brown in the fridge)
Directions:
Mix together pudding, Jell-o, and water over medium heat until it boils. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Refrigerate until mixture has thickened (about an hour). Beat until creamy. Fold in Cool Whip, marshmallows, and fruit. Chill about an hour before serving.
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  1. says

    Wow! So coincidental that you should post the Orange Fluff Jello salad. I made something very similar to this but used orange sherbet as an added ingredient,mandarin oranges,pineapple tidbits, and maraschino cherries.I am falling in love all over again with these kinds of salads. I remember as a youth enjoying salads like this from buffet type restaurants and thought they were the best thing on the menu. I cannot go without serving one to my guests now. Thanks for posting this!~

    • Mary says

      I made this just as it said to and this dessert was just to die for. I got a lot of raves about it. It’s light and cool and just delightful. This recipe is a *Keeper*! Thank you Six Sisiters for sharing! :-D

    • LaDonna says

      Wow just made this its super yummy. Can’t wait to let it sit over night and eat more tomorrow, it will be even better tomorrow then the marshmellows will get really soft and the favors will merry together even better.

  2. Anonymous says

    Do you think there’s a way to use instant pudding instead of the cooked kind? I only ask because that’s what I have on hand and I want to make it NOW! lol.

      • Sarah says

        I used instant pudding because I bought it by mistake, it turned out fine. It’s just a little bit softer, I don’t really think it ever set properly. The kind my grandmother makes is really firm but still airy and fluffy, I’m not sure if it’s just a different recipe or if it’s because I used the instant pudding!

  3. says

    @Anonymous- we have never made it using Instant Pudding- our mom always said that Cook and Serve was the one to use, so we have never tried it using Instant! If you try it, let us know! :)

      • Sharon says

        If making with instant pudding…did you still boil it? I can’t see why it wouldn’t still set with the instant as long as it was still boil so the jello would set? Just curious?

        Anyway, I am making it today!! I have made something similar only instead of the pudding it called for cottage cheese. I loved it. but some of my family do not like cottage cheese. So I’m going to try this hoping it’s a hit with everyone!!

          • Kathy says

            I made a similar recipe 1 cup boiling water, 1 pkg sugar free berry blue jello. stir until jello dissolved. Add 1/3 cup cold water. Place in frig 30 min. Add 1 pkg sugar free vanilla instant pudding whisk or use mixer for 2 min. (turns green) Let set 5 min to thicken. Fold in 2 cups thawed strawberries(no sugar added,cut into smaller pieces). Fold in 8 oz pkg thawed cool whip(do not completely mix together, leave a marbled effect) Very holliday looking(red & green & white)

  4. says

    @Anonymous – If you want to make it without cook and serve pudding, leave the pudding out altogether and use the orange jello only, much like the Pistachio Fluff this is very popular.

  5. says

    Omgosh I have looked for this recipe for years!!! I used to have it at church lunches and have craved it forever. The only recipes I could find called for mayo…………yuck!!!

    Thanks SO much for posting this recipe!

  6. says

    Made this today using sugar free fat free instant jello pudding and sugar free jello. Instead of cooking this with the water, I just put all of it into my blender. Then I added fruit packed in it’s own juice and left out the marshmallows. It really lowered the calories and still tasted wonderful. Thanks for the original recipe that I could tweak for me.

  7. says

    Orange Dreamsicle Mousse Salad
    1 sm instant Vanilla or French Vanilla pudding
    1 sm orange J-ello
    1/2 8 oz cool whip
    1 cans drained mandarin oranges
    1 cups water
    Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 C boiling water.
    Add 1/2 C cold water and let set up for 5 minutes.
    Using an electric mixer, beat dry pudding mix into the J-ello until well
    blended. Refrigerate until set.
    Fold in mandarin oranges and cool whip.
    Chill either in a bowl or in individual mousse dishes.

    • Eden @ Evergreeneden says

      Thank you so much The Happy Baker! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for your particular version of the recipe; it’s exactly like one I got from the person who made the salad when I first tried it, but she just said it out loud and we were at a party with no paper or pens… I tried to memorize it ;) and failed miserably (mom of three, that’ll do it!) So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! My whole family is ecstatic. :D We’re having it tonight to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. You can bet I’ll be perusing your blog continually after this!

    • Cheryl Rowe says

      Thank you for posting this recipe! I also bought the instant pudding by mistake & wanted to still make the salad. I plan to double it since I have a large box of instant pudding and also the jello. I think I will add some miniature marshmallows too.

  8. says

    I’m so making this for my Easter dinner this year. My mom used to make something like this years ago, but at before she served it she used to stir in some cottage cheese, I think I’ll like your version better. Thanks for sharing.

  9. says

    This sounds so yummy and I would like to make it but one thing I cant substitute here in Australia is Cool Whip as I don’t know what it is, can you give me an idea what it is so I can try and find something similar here
    Thanks for sharing. I am about to have a good look around your site now.

    • says

      I would use heavy whipping cream in place of it. Whip it up before adding. Cool whip is just a fake heavy cream mixture. As someone who likes REAL foods, I would use the heavy cream. Someone on here used yogurt too and said it worked. Worth a try! Good luck down under!

  10. says

    This sounds so yummy and I would like to make it but one thing I cant substitute here in Australia is Cool Whip as I don’t know what it is, can you give me an idea what it is so I can try and find something similar here
    Thanks for sharing. I am about to have a good look around your site now.

  11. says

    Cool Whip is a brand of whipped topping that is found in the frozen section here in the US. You could use whipping cream sweetened with a little sugar if there isn’t anything like that where you live.

  12. says

    Thanks Alison. I will use whipping cream and I am sure it will be very tasty. Think we may have something similar to what you have but its in a aerosol can here and I don’t like it so fresh cream will definitely be a substitute.

  13. says

    I’ve got it chilling in the fridge right now… used instant pudding, added it after mixing the jello into the boiling water. Will let you know how it turns out!

  14. says

    Just half to say my hubby hates jello salad we have been married tgirteen happy byears never could get him to eat it i made this for easter sunday he took a bite and said wow i really like this one…thanks for posting this for my pickey eater lol now if i can get him to eat cantelope….

  15. says

    my mama always made something similar to this called watergate salad
    1 box lime jello
    1 tub cool whip
    about 10 marshmellows cut up (or equal amount of minis)
    1 cup pecans
    1 med can crushed pineapple
    3/4 boiling water
    optional cottage cheese, really not much difference with/without

    just made a double batch sunday night :)

  16. says

    I tried this recipe and it’s amazing! I am trying different flavors tonight for fun. Strawberry and banana jello with banana cream pudding, and mandarin oranges with strawberries and bananas! :)

  17. says

    We have almost the same recipe handed down in our family, too!

    Orange Fluff
    1 box cook and serve Vanilla Pudding
    1 box orange jello
    1 box Tapioca
    (all of these are small boxes)
    3 cups water
    Mix these together in saucepan and bring to a boil, cooking til thick. Cool. When completely cool add:
    1 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
    1 small container of Cool Whip
    Mix thoroughly and refrigerate overnite, if the kids can wait that long!!

    I usually have to double this recipe when we get together, enjoy.

  18. says

    I made this recipe for my husband to take to work for a potluck, and he’s been asked for the recipe several times, and there are requests that he bring it for their next party. We love it at home, too!

  19. says

    Sounds so good, will have to try it soon! My mother-in-law used to make what she called a 5-cup salad that I think you’ll like, too. My husband doesn’t like sour cream, but this is an exception to that rule…he loves the stuff!! :)

    Mama Jo’s 5-Cup Salad
    1 small tub sour cream
    1 regular size can crushed pineapple and juice (don’t drain)
    1 pkg chopped pecans
    1 large pkg coconut
    1 large pkg mini marshmallows

    Stir the sour cream and pineapple (with juice) together.
    Stir in the chopped pecans
    Alternately stir in 1/3 of marshmallows and coconut and stir. Repeat until you have incorporated all of the marshmallows and coconut in the mixture.
    Refrigerate and enjoy!

  20. says

    I made this for Fathers Day and I doubled the recipe but forgot to double the cool whip. I turned out good but was a deep orange color and set up more like jello than fluffy. Everyone loved it anyways. Thanks for the recipe next time I will make it right.

  21. says

    I love this stuff and am glad I finally found someone else who calls it Orange Fluff. I get such strange looks when I call it that. I make mine similar, but without the pineapples, marshmallows, or bananas so I get the strong orange flavor. And I use instant pudding. 1 cup hot water and 1 cup cold water like you do in jello. Deliscious!

    • Shelly says

      I just posted info about this same version below – this is how we do it too! It’s faster than cooking the Jell-o and SLIGHTLY healthier, what with the cottage cheese and no marshmallows.

  22. says

    I make something similar to this and it is sooooo goooood. I call it Orange Fluff also.
    1 small bowl of Cool Whip
    2 small boxes of orange jello
    1 large can crushed pineapple, well drained
    1 can mandarin oranges, well drained
    1 16 oz container of cottage cheese

    Mix well and enjoy.

    • says

      Thats exactly how I make it too! I have never heard of using pudding in it! Thats a new one- might be good but not as simple as this recipe and its sooo good! :)

    • Victoria says

      This is the one! I was just thinking I couldn’t ask mom this year how she made this because she past away in February. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  23. says

    Hi Six Sisters! I just wanted to let you know I found your recipe on Pinterest and am making it for my family for one of our “Sunday Family Dinners” Thanks for posting it! Can’t wait to try it!

  24. says

    I can see this having all KINDS of flavor combinations! Just imaging using CHOCOLATE pudding with either RASPBERRY or CHERRY gelatin, and adding in fresh raspberries and maybe some shavings of white chocolate. Or adding in toasted coconut, almonds and/or pecans! I’m using lime gelatin for our family’s get-together tomorrow, since it’s already March, and the theme is “green food”! :D

  25. says

    My in-laws looove this recipe and I’m asked to make it a few times a year for different get togethers, including Easter this weekend! Would you mind if I added it to my blog as a Family Favorite recipe if I include your site name as the source? Looking forward to making it again tomorrow for the in-laws!

  26. Donna says

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I did not have vanilla pudding so I used quick cooking tapioca…worked out great as a substitution. I will definitely make this one again…and will use the vanilla pudding for the extra creamy consistency.

  27. Bri says

    I LOVED this. I’ve made it a few times now and it is a real hit! Last time I made it I put some crushed walnuts in it and really liked it that way too.

  28. Chef Marshall A. GOldstein says

    Many years ago when I was a kid, my mom used to make what we call in our family “the Fluff”. While There are many recipes out there for just about everything we eat, and it is sometimes difficult to find that one recipe that is a “hit” with everyone. While the recipe that is listed here is a great one, it is not on the Healthy side of eating. To make this more healthier I would suggest omiting the pudding altogether and substitute it with a low fat cottage cheese. Omit the marshmallows as they also only add extra unneeded calories as well. Otherwise keep the rest of the ingredients and let “the Fluff” set for a couple of hours or overnight, and I garauntee you will not see any leftovers!!! absolutely a delish without the extra calories!!!!!

  29. Michele J says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I need to bring a jello salad for the thanksgiving gathering at my in laws, and found your site. I can’t wait to make it. I was going to make a molded jello salad,which I was worried about since I have to travel far with it. This should work out well. Thank you again for sharing your recipe’s and great ideas.

  30. Mrs. Baker says

    Hey! Quick question. Do we make the pudding and jello before we combine them, or do we combine the mixes together first thing?
    Thanks thanks!

  31. Gena Arnold says

    My stepmother introduced our family to the wonderful world of FLUFF when she and Daddy married. She started us on green fluff (pistachio) and now we have had the orange I am not sure I can ever go back. OMG this stuff rules!! I love love love it!!!

  32. Shelly says

    My mom has made a version of this for years. It’s easier and slightly healthier – mix Jello mix with Cool Whip, fold in small container of cottage cheese and drained crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges. No marshmallows and no bananas. And no cooking!

  33. Mariposa says

    I make or very similar and a lot easier and faster. 8 oz. Cool whip. 16 oz. Small curd cottage cheese. (I HATE COTTAGE CHEESE BUT WILL EAT IT IN THIS) 3oz. Pkg orange jell-o. 3 – 4 16ish oz cans of pineapple rid bits well drained and 3-4 small cans mandarins oranges well drained. Mix cool whip, cottage cheese and pkg of jell-o together Place in refrigerator. Open cans of fruit and drain well. Once drained mix well with cool whip mixture. Refrigerate for an hour or over night. Enjoy. Can also make with lime jell-o and only pineapple for fruit. Mmmmmmm Also…both taste great if you add shredded coconut.

  34. Anastasia says

    I made this for a backyard barbecue last summer and everyone loved it! I did leave out the pineapple though, because I don’t like the texture.

  35. Jennine says

    Lol! I totally missed that it said buy the cook and serve pudding and bought instant instead. I cooked it on the stove anyway just as your recipe said, scooped out some small clumps and it’s in fridge now. It was kind of thickening in the pan and tasted good so I’m hopeful it will be ok.

  36. Hallie says

    We also have an old family recipe called Orange Fluffy Stuff, still part of our Thanksgiving line up. No pudding, no Cool Whip ~ use Dream Whip!! Yes, you can still find Dream Whip at your local grocer. Much lighter without pudding, less oils without Cool Whip.

    3-oz pkg orange Jello
    2-oz envelope Dream Whip
    6-oz can mandarin oranges

    Prepare gelatin with 1-1/2 cup hot water. Stir about 2 mins until gelatin dissolves. Set in refrigerator until jelly-like texture (about 1 hour). Prepare Dream Whip as directed and gradually pour in gelatin while mixing with electric mixer. Drain mandarin oranges and fold into mixture. Chill for at least 1 hour.

    We usually double the recipe for holidays. Instead of folding in oranges, use to make decorative design on top of salad–a sun, a flower, a turkey–we’ve done it all!

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  37. Victoria Waite says

    My sweet mother-in-law taught me a great trick! To keep bananas and apples from browning in salads and such, dip them in lemon juice or pineapple juice. Since this recipe has pineapple in it, you are all set! :)

  38. Rebecca says

    How many people does one recipe serve? I’m doing some party planning and want to feed this awesome salad to about 140 people. Any ideas on the portions?

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