Orange Fluff Salad

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  • With minimal ingredients and time you can whip up this Orange Fluff Salad for that next potluck, family gathering or picnic with ease. With only 6 ingredients, you can’t get any more simple than that.

    Overhead of orange fluff salad with mandrain oranges

    Fluff Salad

    When it comes to Fluff Salads it really brings me back to my childhood and one of my grandparents or great aunts bringing these to all of our get togethers.

    This is such a simple salad that you can do with a variety of different flavors as well such as pistachio, strawberry, cherry, etc and all you need to do is really just change out the fruits and gelatin you use.

    bowl of orange fluff

    How much more simple can you get than that? In our house, simple is how we go and how we thrive and I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that.

    Orange Fluff Ingredients

    What ingredients do you need for orange fluff salad?

    • Mandarin Oranges– use the canned kind so they are super soft, but be mindful to drain them first. They are watery as it is and you don’t want runny salad.
    • Crushed pineapple– same goes with the crushed pineapple. You want the juicy goodness, but not so much that your fluff goes flat.
    • Cottage cheese– this, my foodie friends, is the game changing ingredient. I used to use pudding mix for the extra creamy factor, but soon discovered from a friend that cottage cheese does the same trick but with extra emphasis on the creamy and a little less sweet.
    • Orange gelatin- Any type will do!
    • Whipped topping- I do suggest using whipped topping instead of whipped cream. Whipped topping is made from hydrogenated vegetable oil and there is more stable and won’t fall. Whipped cream has the tendency to melt.
    • Mini marshmallowsMinis are best for the structure of the salad, but it you have big ones, use kitchen shears to snip them into smaller pieces. The variety color pastel mini marshmallows are also fun to use. I put a few more on top as garnish. Cool Whip is the prefered brand for this.

    How do you make orange fluff salad?

    Like stated before this is such a simple recipe to make. You start off by mixing your oranges, pineapple and cottage cheese in a bowl until combined. Make sure you drain those fruits first!

    Angle view of orange fluff salad in a white serving bowl

    You then add orange gelatin and mix it together so that it dissolves nicely.

    PRO TIP: This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for large crowds and is great for potlucks!

    You then stir in whipped topping until everything is incorporated. Lastly, fold in the marshmallows.

    If you love easy and delicious desserts then you need to whip up this quick and nostalgic EASY Orange Fluff Salad. Tasty, unique and fast! #orangefluffsalad #fruitfluffsalad #fruitdesserts

    Tips & Variations

    • You can use small or large curd cottage cheese.
    • Drain your pineapple and oranges as well as you can, otherwise the salad itself can turn out runny.
    • You can use pineapple tidbits instead of crushed pineapple if you like.
    • Also use cherry gelatin + cherry pieces.
    • Also use orange gelatin + fruit cocktail.
    • Add chopped nuts like walnuts or pistachios.
    • Add flaked coconut, sweetened or unsweetened.

    This Orange Fluff Salad recipe is as simple as they come, it whips up quick and is an easy dish to bring to any type of gathering.

    Spoon digging into orange fluff salad

    Make Ahead & Freezing

    Orange Fluff is best served within a few hours of preparation or is has the tendency to get runny and melty. But since it is such an easy recipe, it should be easy to whip it up right before serving.

    It will stay good for up to 3 days, but the texture will be different.

    I do not recommend freezing orange fluff.

    Fluff salad with marshmallows on a spoon

    Why is it called fluff?

    If you’ve ever had it- you’d know. Because it is like fluffy little clouds!

    So light and delicate, it melts in your mouth. A favorite on hot summer days and also for cold weather holidays, you can’t go wrong with fluff.

    Small bowl of mandarin orange fluff salad

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    Tools for making this orange fluff recipe:

    Colander – Another kitchen staple that every home should have. 

    Mixing Bowls– make sure to check out my article on Using the Right Mixing Bowl, you’d be surprised how many people aren’t!

    Measuring Utensils– While I like to eyeball it, most folks prefer to measure. Suit yourself 🙂

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    Orange Fluff Salad

    If you love easy and delicious desserts then you need to whip up this quick and nostalgic Orange Fluff Salad. Tasty, unique and fast!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Chill Time1 hr
    Total Time1 hr 5 mins
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: mandrain orange fluff salad, orange fluff recipe, orange fluff salad
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 295kcal
    Author: Allison Miller


    • 11 ounces can mandarin oranges , drained
    • ½ cup crushed pineapple , drained well
    • 1 lb small curd cottage cheese
    • 3.4 ounces package orange gelatin
    • 8 ounces container whipped topping
    • 1 cup mini marshmallows


    • In bowl combine the oranges, pineapple and cottage cheese until mixed.
    • Add in your orange gelatin and stir until it starts to dissolve.
    • Stir in your whipped topping until everything is combined.
    • Fold in your mini marshmallows.
    • Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


    Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 839IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg
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