Fall in Love with Vintage Orange Fluff Salad

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Orange fluff salad is a vintage no-bake recipe that tastes amazing and is the ultimate crowd favorite. It is made with just 5 simple ingredients including Jello, Cool Whip, oranges, and cottage cheese.

Combining these ingredients creates a mouthwatering creamy, refreshing creamsicle-inspired fluff everyone will love. And the best part? This recipe takes minimal effort to make!

It’s a simple recipe with one bowl, and no baking or complicated ingredients are required. That means anyone can whip up this tasty Jello salad and take it to a party or holiday dinner.

But is it a dessert or a salad? Who cares! I’d call it a fruity dessert salad, and it’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a summer cookout, a potluck, or a holiday feast.

Oh, and did I mention that this salad is a total showstopper too? The gorgeous pastel orange hue adds a bright pop of color to any event and will have all your guests begging for this fluffy salad recipe.

Looking for more creamy dessert salads? Check out my Lime Jello Salad and Cherry Salad.

🍊Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Orange Jell-O
  • Water
  • Orange juice
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cool Whip
  • Mandarin oranges
labeled ingredient photo for orange fluff salad.

🥣How to Make Orange Fluff Salad

  1. Boil the water and dissolve the orange Jello in the water. Whisk until dissolved, and then keep whisking for about 2 minutes to ensure all the crystals dissolve.
  2. Mix in the orange juice. Refrigerate the Jello and stir it every 15 minutes until it starts to thicken and gel. This usually takes about 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the orange slices. Then stir the cottage cheese, Cool Whip, and Mandarin oranges into the Jello mixture.
  4. Put it in the fridge for 2 hours of chilling time, until it is firm and set.
making the orange jello.
Making Jello
jello after mixing.
Thicken Jello
adding the cool whip, oranges and cottage cheese.
Adding extra ingredients
mixing the jello salad.
Mixing the salad

🍴Serving Ideas

This fluff salad is perfect for a summer picnic or family gathering. It is easy to make ahead of time and travels well. And it is a kid-friendly dish that always disappears fast at cookouts!

Make it to serve alongside Amish broccoli salad and blue cheese coleslaw for a great selection of sides. Adding a little orange flavor to a special occasion like Thanksgiving or Christmas is also fantastic.

Add some whipped cream, Cool Whip, or extra oranges pieces when serving for an even more delicious creamsicle flavor.

spoonful of orange jello salad with mandarin oranges.

💭How to Store

Store this orange fluff salad in the fridge for 2-3 days. Make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

I don’t recommend freezing this orange fluff Jello salad because the texture doesn’t hold up well to freezing.

orange fluff salad in a bowl with whipped cream.

⭐Tips and Variations

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Use other flavors of Jello and fruit, like pineapple tidbits, for different yummy flavors. Peach or strawberry Jello also make delicious side dishes.
  • Stir in mini marshmallows or shredded coconut for extra sweetness.
  • Add nuts like pecans, walnuts, or almonds if you prefer a crunchy texture.
  • This is easy to make ahead of time. Make it up to a day in advance and store it in the fridge.

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Orange Fluff Salad Recipe

Published By Anne
Orange Fluff Salad is made with oranges, cottage cheese, Jello and Cool Whip. This vintage recipe is a creamsicle-inspired side perfect for a cookout or holiday dinner.
Prep Time45 minutes
Chilling Time2 hours
Servings: 8
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  • 1 package orange gelatin powder 3 ounces
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese 1 cup
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed
  • 8 ounces Mandarin oranges 1 cup


  • Dissolve the orange Jello in boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes to completely dissolve it.
    1 package orange gelatin powder, 1 cup boiling water
  • Add orange juice and mix.
    1 cup orange juice
  • Refrigerate the gelatin mixture until it just starts to thicken and gel. This usually takes 30-45 minutes. You want it to still be liquid but start to thicken.
  • Drain the mandarin oranges. Then stir in the cottage cheese, Cool Whip, and mandarin oranges.
    8 ounces cottage cheese, 8 ounces Mandarin oranges, 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • Refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm.


  • Use other flavors of Jello and fruit to change up the recipe.
  • Stir in mini marshmallows or shredded coconut for extra sweetness.
  • Add nuts like pecans, walnuts, or almonds if you prefer a crunchy texture.
  • This is easy to make ahead of time. Make it up to a day in advance and store it in the fridge.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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5 thoughts on “Fall in Love with Vintage Orange Fluff Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    I gotta say, I loved this! Creamsicle has always been one of my favorite flavor combos and this was just so fun and whimsical. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    When we were first married I would make a salad similar to this with strawberry gelatin ans sliced fresh banans. Your orange version is btoght and delicious. Thanks for sharing!


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