This classic Orange Fluff Jello Salad is delicious as a side or as a dessert.
With a mixture of pudding, jello, marshmallows and cool whip, it’s light, creamy, and fluffy all at the same time. And the orange flavor brings it all together to make a great recipe!
We add in mandarin oranges and bananas for a fruitier flavor and whether you’re taking it to a party, feeding a crowd, or looking for an easy side dish – it feeds a BIG group. It’ll quickly become a favorite recipe in your home!
This mandarin orange salad will be a delicious side dish for everyone (including your picky great aunt)! This fluffy salad recipe is a simple recipe with simple ingredients. At your next family gathering they will all be asking, “Where is the delicious orange stuff you brought last time??”. Check out the full recipe below, and thank us later for this family favorite staple!
Why is this salad called “Orange Jellow Fluff”?
With the cool whip and marshmallows, this orange fluff salad recipe is perfectly light and fluffy – hence the name “fluff.”
With the creamed pudding and jello mixture added in, it makes the texture even fluffier. You really can’t go wrong with this easy recipe for orange jello salad.
Love Jello salads? Try our Raspberry Cream Cheese Jello! It’s a family favorite!
Ingredients needed for Mandarin Orange Jello Fluff Salad:
- Cook and Serve vanilla pudding (do not use instant pudding)
- orange jell-o
- Cool Whip
- mini marshmallows
- mandarin oranges
- 3 bananas
- optional: small curd cottage cheese
Can I use instant pudding?
Pro Tip: We recommend only using Cook and Serve pudding with this sweet side dish. It doesn’t set up as well, stay together as long, or have quite as creamy of a texture if you use instant pudding.
Can I make this with sugar-free jello and pudding?
We have never tried making this recipe with sugar-free jello or pudding, but according to some of our reader comments below, it will still work.
If you try it, leave us a comment below and let us know!
Looking for more Jello Recipes?! You’ll want to try this Frozen Creamy Lime Jello!
How far in advance can I make this recipe?
We would not recommend making this further in advance than the morning you’re planning on eating it. The mandarin oranges tend to release moisture the longer they are in the salad, so it starts getting runny after too long.
If you want to make it the day before, we would recommend just doing the first step of the recipe (mixing together the jello mix, pudding mix, and water and letting it set up in the fridge).
Do I prepare the jello or pudding mixture before adding them to the recipe?
No. The recipe requires just the mix (the powder packet) of both the Jello and the pudding. Do not prepare the jello or pudding as listed on their boxes.
Try one of our other fruit salads:
- Creamy Yogurt Fresh Fruit Salad
- 5-Minute Fluffy Yogurt Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Fluff Jello Salad
- Orange Cream Yogurt Fruit Salad
- Grandma’s 5-cup Creamy Fruit Salad with Marshmallows
- Layered Strawberry Jello Salad with Ripe Bananas
- Raspberry Fluff Jello Salad
Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe
- 4.6 ounces Cook n Serve vanilla pudding mix (1 large box – not instant pudding)
- 6 ounces orange Jell-o (1 large box)
- 3 cups water
- 16 ounces Cool Whip (thawed)
- 5 ounces mini marshmallows (about half the bag)
- 22 ounces canned mandarin oranges (2 small cans; drained)
- 3 bananas (sliced; add right before serving so they don't turn brown in the fridge)
- 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 4-5 hours).
- Beat until creamy.
- Fold in whipped cream, marshmallows, and fruit. Scrape the sides of the bowl to get all the fluff mixture together. Chill about an hour before serving.
- We would not recommend making this further in advance than the morning you’re planning on eating it. The juicy mandarin oranges tend to release moisture the longer they are in the salad, so it starts getting runny after too long.
- If you want to make it the day before, we would recommend just doing the first step of the recipe (in a large bowl combine the jello mix, pudding mix, and water and let it set up in an airtight container in the fridge), then add in the Cool Whip and fruit on the day that you plan on eating it.
- We recommend only using Cook and Serve pudding with this recipe. It doesn’t set up as well, stay together as long, or have quite as creamy of a texture if you use instant pudding.
- Sometimes I also add a can of drained pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple to this recipe – it’s a delicious addition!
- Electric Mixer
- Large Mixing Bowl
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