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Mandarin Orange Salad is a fluffy, sweet treat that has the flavors of an old fashioned orange creamsicle! Only 5 simple ingredients are needed to make this fun jello salad.

Also called orange fluff salad or orange jello salad, this recipe is a classic at potlucks and holidays. It’s not only nostalgic but super quick to make – just a quick mix of the ingredients and it’s ready to serve.

Orange Jello Salad in a bowl.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • You only need 5 simple ingredients.
  • No cooking needed, just mix it up and serve.
  • Fast to make and can even be made in advance.

Ingredients For Mandarin Orange Salad

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make the classic orange jello salad!

  • Cool Whip – You can find this in the freezer section. It’s important to use a tub whipped topping – you won’t get the same results with an aerosol whipped cream.
  • Sour Cream – Use a full fat. You can substitute plain yogurt but you won’t get the same flavor.
  • Orange-Flavored Gelatin – A classic box of Jell-O.
  • Canned Mandarin Oranges – Make sure to drain the oranges.
  • Mini Marshmallows

How To Make Mandarin Orange Salad with Cool Whip

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

All you need are 10 minutes and 5 ingredients to make this easy recipe.

  1. Mix Cool Whip – Start by gently mixing together the Cool Whip and sour cream in a large bowl before stirring in the gelatin mix.
  2. Fold – Then gently fold in the mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows.
  3. Serve or Store – Transfer the orange fluff salad to a serving bowl or store in the fridge, tightly covered for up to 48 hours. 
Collage of images showing how to make orange jello salad.


What other fruits can be used?

You can stir in almost any fruit! Some favorites are pineapple, strawberries, and maraschino cherries.

When was jello salad popular?

Jello salad first became popular in the 1940s/1950s but it continues to be a favorite today! It is especially popular in the South and Midwest and a staple at church picnics and potlucks.

Serving Suggestions

I love that this is a treat that can be served after the meal as dessert or alongside the meal as a sweet side dish. Pair it with other potluck favorites like a summer fruit salad or classic macaroni salad.

Bowls with mandarin orange salad.


  • Strawberry Gelatin – Try swapping in strawberry gelatin and sliced strawberries to make a Strawberries & Cream Salad.
  • Pineapple – Try adding canned pineapple tidbits (make sure to drain) for another fruity spin.
  • Toppings – If you want to add some crunch and texture, try topping with some chopped nuts or flaked coconut.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge, tightly covered, for up to 2 days.

Mandarin oranges, orange jello salad in a bowl.
  • Drain the Oranges – Make sure to drain the liquid from the canned mandarin oranges or the liquid will water down the salad.
  • Gently Fold – When adding the marshmallows and oranges, make sure to gently fold so you don’t deflate the fluffy whipped topping.

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Mandarin Orange Salad

5 from 13 votes
Mandarin Orange Salad is a fluffy, sweet treat that's light & refreshing. With just 5 ingredients, this Jello Salad takes 10 minutes to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 10 ounces Cool Whip thawed (1 container)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 ounce package orange-flavored gelatin
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges well drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
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  • Combine Cool whip and sour cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir in gelatin until well combined. Gently fold in oranges and marshmallows.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or store in the fridge, tightly covered for up to 48 hours. Stir well before serving.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge, tightly covered, for up to 2 days.
Keyword mandarin orange salad


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 1725IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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