Orange Jello salad is the delightfully fun and fluffy salad you didn’t know you needed!

Cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, and orange Jello are blended with lots of whipped topping!

Fast, fresh, and colorful using only 5 ingredients!

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Jello and Salad?

  • Is cottage cheese orange Jello salad a sweet dessert or a salad? Maybe it’s both!
  • This easy recipe is an explosion of fun and delicious flavors!
  • Jello salad is so versatile, you can mix and match ingredients for delicious variations.
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5 Ingredient Recipe

Cottage Cheese – Go for small curd, full-fat cottage cheese for better flavor, but low-fat cottage cheese will also work.

Smooth Sailing!

For an extra smooth salad, whip the cottage cheese until smooth before adding to the recipe.

Jello – Orange Jello gives this salad a fun, refreshing creamsicle flavor, add some crunch and color with some shredded carrots and raisins, if you like. You can also try lemon Jello with chopped pineapple.

Whipped Cream – Whipped topping (AKA Cool Whip) has the perfect consistency to hold the mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows. Marshmallow fluff mixed with the whipped cream adds more stability to the salad, if desired. A 4 serving box of vanilla or tapioca pudding will also add more texture and creamy flavor to cottage cheese orange Jello salad!

Variations – Other tasty twists on Jello salads are a strawberry Jello fluff, a berry fluff pie, and a festive cranberry Jello salad.

How to Make Orange Jello Salad

Serve this light, sweet, and refreshing dish as a salad or dessert!

  1. Combine cottage cheese with Jello in a bowl.
  2. Fold in whipped cream and marshmallows (as per recipe below).
  3. Gently stir in mandarin oranges and refrigerate before serving.

Cottage Cheese Salad Success!

  • Make cottage cheese orange Jello salad up to two days ahead of time, stir it, and serve!
  • Drain mandarin oranges and pat them dry with a clean paper towel before using. Save that light syrup to freeze as ice cubes for cocktails or iced tea!
  • Mandarin oranges break easily so take care when folding them in.
  • Make it in the morning and then relax, knowing that dessert is taken care of!
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Serving and Storing Orange Jello Salad

Serve cottage cheese orange Jello salad at a picnic with burgers, with Sunday dinner meatloaf, or take it to a brunch!

Store leftover cottage cheese orange Jello salad in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

More Jello Recipes To Try!

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Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad

A light and fluffy, cool and creamy orange jello salad is a cinch to make with this easy recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly



  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 package Orange Jell-o 4 servings size
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 15-20 ounces canned mandarin oranges drained


  • Combine cottage cheese and dry Jell-O powder in a bowl.
  • Fold in whipped topping and marshmallows.
  • Add oranges and gently fold them into the mixture.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


  • Canned mandarin oranges break easily so be super careful when folding them in.
  • Use one 15 ounce can, or two 10 ounce cans, of mandarin oranges.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for 4-5 days in a lightly covered container. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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