Made with simple ingredients – mandarin oranges, pineapple, cottage cheese, and cool whip, this simple Orange Fluff Salad is the best!

Like Snickers Salad and Grape Salad, Orange Fluff Salad is one of my favorite old-fashioned recipes that takes me straight to memories of backyard BBQs. Made with mandarin oranges, pineapple, cottage cheese, and a few other simple ingredients, this is one dessert salad that I crave all year long.

Who would have thought that the ingredients in this orange creamsicle fluff would create the perfect texture and taste? Just thinking about this simple heavenly orange fluff brings a smile to my face.

orange fluff in a white bowl

Mandarin Orange Salad with Cool Whip, Cottage Cheese, Orange Jello, and Pineapples

Since this simple dessert salad recipe has only three easy steps, there’s no time like now to get it done! I like to actually prep this salad a day in advance so I can pop it in the fridge to let the flavors merge and chill.

Check out this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dessert as another creamy and light dessert option! The more recipes that have fruit in them, the better!

orange fluff ingredients in a bowl

Ingredients to make Orange Fluff with Cottage Cheese

  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping – thawed Cool Whip (or store brand) is best for this recipe.
  • 3 oz package orange gelatin mix – Jello orange mix – just the powder
  • 16 oz of full fat cottage cheese – small or large curd will work
  • 14 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained – whole canned pineapple will work but just chop into pieces to use
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows – large marshmallows are fine but just cut them into pieces before adding
orange fluff mixed up in a clear bowl

How To Make Orange Fluff Salad

Step 1

Combine the thawed whipped topping and jello orange gelatin powder together in a large bowl and stir until combined.

Step 2

Add in the cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, pineapple, and mini marshmallows, and gently fold in until the mixture is combined.

Step 3

Enjoy right away or chill covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

orange fluff salad

Tips or Variations

  • If you want to leave out the cottage cheese, you can. Some people prefer to not have it and it still tastes great either way.
  • Adding in some slivered almonds is a great way to add in a bit of crunch and texture, too. I’ve even roasted them in the oven for a few moments and then added them and it was divine.

FAQS

Can you freeze Orange Fluff for later?

I wouldn’t attempt to freeze this recipe. With the fruit releasing juice and the cottage cheese added, there’s a very high chance that it would freeze and create a texture that might be watery and mushy.

How do you store this leftover orange fluff recipe with crushed pineapple?

This recipe is meant to be cold so make certain that you keep it stored in the fridge at a cool temp. You’re going to want to have a storage lid on it as well.

orange fluff in a white dish

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Orange fluff salad.

Orange Fluff Salad

Made with simple ingredients – mandarin oranges, pineapple, cottage cheese, and cool whip, this simple Orange Fluff Salad is the best!
4.41 from 27 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 oz jello orange gelatin mix
  • 16 oz full fat cottage cheese, small or large curd
  • 14 oz mandarin oranges, drained
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions 

  • 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, pineapple and mini marshmallows and gently fold in until mixture is combined.
  • Enjoy right away or chill covered in the fridge until ready to serve.
Keyword: dessert salad, orange
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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

Comments

  1. Denise Smith says:

    Easy recipe to follow, thank you.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Denise!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time. It was a hit!
    Will definitely make it again.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Thank you, Lou! We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a recipe that is in my family as well! We always called it “Orange Stuff” as kids, and the name has stuck. At some point my mom stopped adding the marshmallows and so I never did either when I made it for my kids. My favorite way to do it now is as “Pink Stuff” by switching out the orange jello for strawberry (or raspberry) and adding fresh strawberries (or raspberries) with along with the other fruits. This is always a favorite at holidays, BBQs and potlucks.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Love those variations! Thank you for sharing, Kristi! 😊

  4. How many does this recipe serve?
    I am having 15 for thanksgiving.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Hi! It serves about 12. 😊

    1. Can I make this the day before serving?

      1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

        Yes! The oranges will likely release some moisture. So, it’s best to give it a good stir before serving.

  5. This is a favorite treat in our house, we use no sugar added or sugar free and leave out the marshmallows to make it diabetic friendly. I also double the oranges. Today I added finely chopped walnut and unsweetened coconut.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Those sound like tasty swaps! We’re so glad you enjoy it, Tami!

    2. Looks Delicious. I will try this recipe..

      1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

        We hope you enjoy, Janet!

  6. Dan Williams says:

    5 stars
    I made this for our Labor Day bbq at our clubhouse but I made a double batch but instead of using 32oz of cottage cheese I used the large container (24oz), and it was a hit. Almost nothing left.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re so glad it was a success, Dan!

  7. Judy Bark says:

    5 stars
    Love the taste but omitted the mini marshmallows. Turned out great, nice refreshing summer snack!!!

  8. Mary Anne Storm says:

    A somewhat similar salad/dessert is with vanilla ice cream, frozen orange juice concentrate, mandarin oranges & orange Jell-O. The ice cream gives it a “creamsicle likeness” & the undiluted orange juice concentrate is so delightful for orange flavor & texture. Heat 1 C. of juice from the oranges; stir in large Orange Jell-O to dissolve. Cool; stir in 2 C. (pint) of Vanilla Ice Cream & small can of frozen orange juice concentrate, & drained mandarin oranges. Chill before serving.

  9. 5 stars
    I add vanilla pudding, and all the juices, this is the most asked for dish when we have get together, can’t get enough of it, yumm.

    1. Sandy Curry says:

      I was considering leaving out the cottage cheese. if I add vanilla pudding would I need extra liquid?

    2. Joey Heckel says:

      Hi Cheryl love your idea with the vanilla Pudding. Can you give me exact recipe. Thank you Joey

  10. Cheryl nelson says:

    5 stars
    I add vanilla pudding, and all the juices, this is the most asked for dish when we have get together, can’t get enough of it, yumm.

  11. Della Sparks says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is awesome. My husband ate it in Two days. He loved it and it’s super simple to make. Love it 💕

  12. 5 stars
    We love this easy and delicious salad. I make it often and it never lasts long because it is eaten up fast!

  13. 5 stars
    We love this fun orange fluff salad. It doesn’t last long in this house it is so good.
    So quick and easy to make which is why I make it often.

  14. 5 stars
    This recipe is excellent! I love it in the summer-so cool and refreshing.
    If someone is bothered by hot, humid weather and doesn’t eat much, this is a great recipe for them. Thank you for providing it.

  15. This is a staple for all of our family cookouts! We make ours without the pineapple or marshmallows, but when I saw the pin I could taste it. I love this stuff!

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