Orange Fluff Salad

Orange Fluff SaladYes, another salad for Easter. This one has been around since Jell-O was invented, or at least since I was invented, which makes it pretty darn old. That’s not saying that this salad didn’t exist before I was born, it’s just saying that this is nothing new.

HOWEVER, I absolutely have to make this post because I can never find the recipe when I get ready to make the salad. I am a lousy puter-backer with recipe cards. They are forever getting lost. Would you believe that I used to be enormously OCD? Then one day I had a come-to-Jesus meeting with reality and ever since that time the OCD thing began to unravel–which has had both advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that now I lose things and my house is chaotic. One of the advantages, on the other hand, is that I can happily walk away from dirty dishes and laundry and hang out with my grandsons and not feel guilty or anxious.

Orange Fluff Salad
The other reason that I am doing this post is because of the memories that it brings back. Family recipes should do that, you know. There are variations of this orange beauty, but this is the one that my mother has always used. I’m sure that many of you have a similar recipe and will swear by the one with which you were raised.

I make no apologies for not introducing you to some brilliantly healthy new recipe. I do encourage you though, to embrace a time honored recipe for a very easy family favorite that presents a scrumptiously pastel Easter table salad.

Not Easter right now when you are reading this? Don’t be silly. Make this salad anytime. It’s a great one for picnics, family reunions, Church socials, book club…whatever!

Orange Fluff Salad

Recipe Source: Who knows for sure? This recipe has been around forever.


  • 1 (8 ounce) carton Cool Whip
  • 1 (16 ounce) carton cottage cheese (2 cups)
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarine oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (6 ounce) box orange Jell-O


  1. Put the cottage cheese in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle the Jell-O powder over the cottage cheese and mix together well. Allow to sit for a few minutes. The Jell-O mayl not completely dissolve at this point. Don't worry about it.
  2. Add the Cool Whip, mandarine oranges, pineapple tidbits, and miniature marshmallows. Fold together.
  3. Cover and place in refrigerator until chilled and thickened. This is a soft salad and will be thick, but will not set "firm".


For reasons unknown, sometimes this salad will set more firm than at other times. Either way, it is deliciously addicting.


Orange Fluff Salad


  1. says

    This looks great Terri! I love cool whip anything and pineapple and mandarine oranges are a favorite too. 🙂 I have never made this salad… Watergate and ambrosia salad yes… but this is a great one to add my collection! Happy Easter my friend!! Have a joyous day! ~ Ramona

    • says

      Ramona–Thanks for the Happy Easter wishes. I’m going to have to make ambrosia one of these days. I had one at my daughter’s culinary school one time and everything that been made by or cut by hand. Even the marshmallows were hand made. The pineapple was fresh, not canned. Oh goodness, it was DELICIOUS!

    • says

      Susan, so true about the jello salad in some form or other. I’m going to have to post one that an old acquaintance’s family referred to as “green goop”. It tasted really good, but I have got to come up with a different name for it!

  2. says

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog (via Plain Chicken) I made this salad for my boyfriend a few nights ago (it was love at first bite) for the first time. He asked me what it was called and I was dumbfounded! Growing up in Utah I just knew it as the orange cool whip stuff, so he named it “Orange Delight” but I think I’m partial to your Orange Fluff! Looking at your blog reminds me of back home! Thanks for the memories!

    • says

      Amber, it’s always nice to have good memories of home. I’m glad that you and your boyfriend enjoyed the salad. Orange Delight is as good a name as any for it. There’s an old acquaintance of mine whose family had a jello recipe called “Green Goop”. I ought to post that one on the blog, just for fun.

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