This creamy 5 Minute Mandarin Orange Jello Salad is such a light refreshing side dish or dessert. And it’s so easy to make too- all you need is 5 minutes!
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The one evening I can guarantee enthusiastic cheers from all 3 kids at dinner time is pizza night. In fact, if I happen to not put it on our $200 a Month Menu Plan that week, I know that I’ll have at least one child complaining because they miss pizza and wish we were having it!
I typically make our pizza from scratch, but when life gets busy and I’m pushed for time, I definitely don’t have a problem reaching for store bought pre-made pizza! In fact, sometimes as busy moms, we just need to be okay with taking advantage of those little “cheats” to keep our sanity!
And this past week definitely felt like a “cheat” was in order. I’m nesting like crazy and besides trying to get things cleaned up and organized, I’ve also been slowly working at putting some meals in the freezer before this baby arrives.
As if that wasn’t making things busy enough, we ended up being gone all day Saturday to look at houses in Philly in preparation for our move there this fall. So I was super glad Saturday evening that I had grabbed a couple of Freschetta pizzas at Walmart earlier in the week!
They definitely were a lifesaver since I was beyond exhausted. And because they are made with high-quality ingredients, including a sauce crafted with sun-ripened tomatoes, a crust that contains no chemical leaveners and 100% real provolone and mozzarella cheese, I can feel good about feeding them to my family too!
I often serve salad with our pizza, but since I was out of lettuce, I was forced to come up with an alternative. That’s when I remembered this refreshing cottage cheese jello salad that my Mom has made for years.
It combines canned mandarin oranges, Jello, cottage cheese and Cool Whip into a light side dish that is absolutely perfect for summer weather.
And, of course, the fact that it can be made in about 5 minutes was definitely a big win!
I’m not really a fan of cottage cheese, other than in my favorite No Boil Oven Ready Lasagna, so for years, I avoided eating this mandarin orange salad when Mom would make it.
Then one day, for whatever reason I got brave, tried a bite and was surprised to discover that it was actually quite delicious, cottage cheese and all!
I think the creaminess of the salad kind of won me over. Well, that and the juicy bites of mandarin oranges. Yum!
If you need a quick dish to pair with your pizza dinner or just want something light and refreshing to serve at your next cookout, I highly recommend this easy mandarin orange salad! It’s definitely a winner!
5 Minute Mandarin Orange Salad with Jello
5 Minute Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
- 3 oz. package orange gelatin
- 16 oz. cottage cheese (we prefer the small curd)
- 11 oz. or 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained*
- 2 cups Cool Whip or Homemade Real Whipped Cream** (link for Homemade Real Whipped Cream in Notes below)
- Mix powdered jello with cottage cheese. Add mandarin oranges and combine.
- Fold in Cool Whip (or Real Whipped Cream).
- Best if refrigerated for several hours before serving, but it’s definitely good right after it’s made too! The chilling just helps it set up better.
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It was delicious! My husband and I love ambrosia and we tried this variety. Love it! Thanks
Thanks for taking the time to let me know that you all enjoyed it, Dee! That’s always fun to hear!
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing jello salad recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
So glad you enjoyed it, Allyssa!
I learned to make Orange Slad in 1974. We have not missed a Holiday in all these years serving Orange Salad. This is the receipe We use except ours calls for a can of Pineapple tidbits drained. Everything else is the same. This is a Family Tradition at our House, Not just Holidays, it is any gettoghters. I call it Orange Fluff Salad and it is a side dish for us.Thanks for the chance to comment,Sshare.
I had no idea this recipe had been around that long, Euline! Although I guess it makes sense since my mom has been making it since I was a child and I was born decades ago. 🙂 I love that it’s a “regular” recipe for your family. Other readers have mentioned that they like to add pineapple too. I suppose I should try it that way sometime!
Delicious! Have been making this for over 30 years and my family loves it. It’s also great with strawberry gelatin and sliced bananas.
Oh wow, that sounds like a fun variation, Glenda! Thanks for sharing!
This was the easiest dessert ever! I used raspberry Jello and strawberries. Out of this world!
So glad you enjoyed it, Karen! I love the raspberry/strawberry combo idea. It sounds delicious!
Gary Lynn Tyree
We have made this dessert for years we also put in a can of pineapple
I love this dessert. My mom first made it when I was a teenager. I’m way, way, way older than a teenager now. I make it on occasion. It’s still yummy.
I used 15 oz of mandarin oranges and honestly wouldn’t have minded it having more. Delicious!!
Yes! I love lots of oranges too. So glad you enjoyed it!
One of my favorite childhood recipes!
It’s so delicious, isn’t it?