5 Minute Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

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!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 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)


  1. Mix powdered jello with cottage cheese.  Add mandarin oranges and combine.
  2. Fold in Cool Whip (or Real Whipped Cream).
  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

*Crushed pineapple or other fruit can be used instead…you could even change up the jello flavors for more variety!

** Click here for Homemade Real Whipped Cream recipe