Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad makes the perfect summertime refreshing salad!

This super fun and fluffy cottage cheese jello salad recipe is made with orange flavored Jell-o, cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, loads of marshmallows and whipped topping! It’s a light and delicious dessert salad that is easy to make, so it’s perfect served any day of the week or for any occasion.

close up of Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad 

Best Jello Salad Recipe!

  • This cottage cheese Jello salad is sweet, colorful and festive – a favorite with kids and grown-ups alike!
  • Is it a salad or a dessert? It’s both! Take it to a picnic or curl up and enjoy a guilt-free sweet treat on movie night.
  • This light and fruity salad is wide open to interpretation! Mix and match Jello flavors and fruit to create a new recipe every time! Try multi-colored mini marshmallows for a festive look!
  • A cottage cheese Jello salad is one of those nostalgic dishes, perfect for potlucks and ladies’ lunches.

whipped topping , oranges , cottage cheese , jello and marshmallows to make Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad with labels

Ingredients and Variations

COTTAGE CHEESE: Full-fat small curd cottage cheese is preferable because it blends better with the powdered Jello mix. Low-fat cottage cheese can be used for fewer calories. For a heavier salad, mix in some softened cream cheese with the cottage cheese before adding the Jello powder.

JELLO: Orange Jello is bright and tangy plus it adds a dreamy, creamsicle flavor to this recipe. Other fun combos to try are strawberry Jello with strawberries, berry Jello with blueberries, lemon Jello with pineapple, or make a festive salad with cherry Jello and cranberries – the possibilities are endless!

WHIPPED CREAM: Whipped topping is ready-made and has the perfect consistency to suspend the mandarin oranges in. Try using a combination of marshmallow fluff mixed with the whipped cream to make it more stable. 

How to make Orange Jello Salad

Orange Jello salad is so easy to make that a kid could do it! In fact, why not turn over the task to them?

  • Blend cottage cheese with Jello and then fold in whipped cream and marshmallows (as per recipe below).
  • Fold in mandarin oranges and refrigerate before serving.

PRO TIP: Drain mandarin oranges and pat them dry with a clean paper towel before using.

Garnish with extra marshmallows, a sprig of mint, or some sliced almonds, if desired.

process to make Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad

Tips To Store Jello Salad

  • Keep leftover cottage cheese orange Jello salad covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Gently stir before serving. 

Time Savers

Everybody loves a dish that can be made a day or two ahead of time, and this orange Jello salad recipe is a perfect example!

Make it in the morning and then relax, knowing that dessert is taken care of!

Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad in a bowl

Other Jello Recipes to Try!

close up of Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad
5 from 16 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

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. 
5 from 16 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

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

REPIN this Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad recipe!

close up of Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad with a title

Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad in a bowl with writing
ingredients to make Cottage Cheese Orange Jello Salad in a bowl and plated dish with writing


, , , , ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

See more posts by Holly

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating