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close up of a white bowl filled with orange fluff sald and topped with marshmallows and orange slices
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5 from 2 votes

Creamy Orange Fluff Salad

This orange fluff salad recipe is packed with flavors, marshmallows, and mandarin oranges. You're sure to make an impression at the next BBQ or get together if you bring this tasty dessert salad along!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 120kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $4.29 / Serving $.43

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 box (3oz) Orange jello ($0.48)
  • 1 box (3.4oz) Vanilla pudding *See Note ($0.98)
  • 1 ½ cup Mini marshmallows (white or pastel colored) ($0.36)
  • 1 can (15oz) Mandarin oranges, drained ($1.48)
  • 2 cups Water, divided ($0.00)
  • 8 ounces Whipped topping ($0.99)

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together 1 cup of boiling water and the dry packet of orange jello mix until dissolved.
  • Stir in one cup of cold water.
  • Stir in the dry packet of pudding mix and whisk until well blended.
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes to cool and rest.
  • Add the whipped topping to the cooled mixture using a whisk until well blended.
  • Stir in the mandarin oranges and marshmallows.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and then set in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • When ready to serve, stir the contents of the bowl to evenly distribute everything as the marshmallows will be at the top and the pudding-like mixture will be at the bottom.
  • Serve chilled.

Notes

Recipe Tips

Make sure that you use the INSTANT pudding mix, not the cook and serve variety as it will not set up properly. By using a dry mix of pudding, we can create a thickener that helps to bind everything together while adding a fun flavor to enhance the dish.

Variations

  • You can add in or use crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits.
  • Use a different flavored pudding mix like cheesecake or white chocolate pudding.
  • Use the pastel-colored mini marshmallows instead of white.
  • Sugar free jello can be used instead of regular jello. I recommend doubling the jello boxes due to the size difference.
  • Chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts would be great for added crunch.
  • If desired you can add in a drained can of fruit cocktail.
Reduced Sugar. You can reduce the sugar content in this orange fluff jello salad by using mandarin oranges that are low or no sugar content in the syrup and by using low sugar options for the pudding, jello mix, and whipped topping. 
Dairy Free. Most boxes of pudding mix are naturally dairy free, just double-check the ingredients and then use a dairy free whipped topping. With those simple steps, you should be able to enjoy a tasty summer fluff salad without milk. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.5g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 50.7mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 27.2g | Vitamin A: 23.5IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg