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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 Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: ThriftyFrugalMom.com


  • 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.


*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