Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

This post with my Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Halos.

Okay, I have a confession to make. We don’t have any kids other than our fur babies, but we still buy and love eating Halos California mandarin oranges. *hangs head* I know, I know, but they are just so good! Mandarin oranges are one of my favorite fruits, but so often the labels aren’t clear and you’ll find the fruit comes from all around the world and you never really know if they are seedless are not. And honestly, for such a small fruit, it can have a lot of seeds that are just a pain. So, I buy Halos, because I know where they’re coming from – California right here in the US, and they are seedless so I don’t have to worry about chomping down on a seed and taking away from the delicious flavor that is a mandarin orange. It’s also comforting that they’re GMO-free.

Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

While I love eating fresh mandarin oranges as a snack, I like to try my hand at cooking with them every now and then too. I was recently invited to make a recipe with Halos and the recipe that immediately came to mind was an oldie jello salad I fondly remember my mom making for cookouts and all the family gatherings. It’s an odd salad that you wouldn’t even really think about combining the ingredients for, or at least I wouldn’t and I hadn’t had it in years.

Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

Mr. Savvy, who spent the first several years of his childhood in Germany, might as well looked at me like I had snakes coming out of my head when I asked if he had ever had the strange concoction. ;) Canned mandarin oranges, cottage cheese, orange gelatin, canned pineapple and whipped topping make up the original recipe my mom would make. However, I decided to make it a bit more fresh and natural by using fresh mandarins and making my own whipped cream.

Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

The resulting mandarin orange fluff jello salad tasted just like I remembered, a little sweet, creamy and full of citrus flavor. It has a variety of textures from the whipped cream, fruit and cheese. If you want it to be purely smooth, you can run the cottage cheese through the blender before mixing it in and if you want some crunch, you can top with a sprinkle of chopped pecans. The salad is great especially during the summer months at cookouts, and  I also like it as a dessert option during the holidays.

4.8 from 12 reviews
Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe
This mandarin orange fluff jello salad recipe is light, creamy and cold - perfect for summer desserts and side dishes!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Fruit
  • 1½ cups heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 16 oz small curd cottage cheese
  • 6 oz orange flavored gelatin (or 2 3oz packages)
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, very well drained
  • 2 cups of mandarin orange segments, about 6 - 8 oranges
  1. In a large bowl, whip together whipping cream and sugar until soft peaks form.
  2. Fold in cottage cheese.
  3. Thoroughly mix in orange gelatin (still in powder form, don't actually make the gelatin). You don't want to still see powder streaks or the salad will be gritty.
  4. Fold in pineapple (make sure it's very well drained or it will water down the salad) and mandarin orange segments.
  5. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Leftovers last about 3 days refrigerated, but salad may start watering down.




Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe
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  1. Sue Cox says

    I made this for Thanksgiving as my dessert and everyone loved it ! I despise cottage cheese but added it anyway and it was still delicious. Thank you so much !
    This recipe makes lots and since we are all about leftovers this made us very happy and thankful.

  2. Rosie says

    I haven’t made anything like this in years! And I have jello and oranges hanging around – just need to get the dairy for a huge comfort food fix! Everyone will love me for this one!

  3. Julie Wood says

    This recipe for Mandarin Orange Fluff looks very delicious! I have to make this for a side dish for dinner! I love Halo mandarin oranges because they are the best tasting.

  4. Sarah L says

    Certainly a 1950s flashback for me. My mother made something very similar but I haven’t had it for years. I like that you made it with the fresh fruit.

  5. Kathleen M Smith says

    Flashback to childhood, I loved this salad and now I have the recipe! Thanks so much for posting it. I can use sugar free jello and pineapple to cut carbs further, really working on getting that girlish figure back.

  6. md Kennedy says

    OMG this sounds so decadent and delicious. And a flash from the past – reminds me a bit of ambrosia salad from the 60s. I’ll have to make for me, my husband and our furbabies, too.

  7. jennifer aikens says

    this is awesome! reminds me of the pistachio pudding one with the pistachio, pineapple chunks, and cool whip. I always love the texture of these and how easy they are to execute!

  8. rebeka deleon says

    my kids love halos and eat them everyday if we had them all the time! they would love this and i like that it is healthier than it looked! i think i would actually like it too!

  9. Deborah Caudill says

    Thank you for your review on mandarin oranges. My 24 year old son and I both love Halos too. They are so delicious and also easy to peel. I love you for sending out the mandarin orange fluff recipe. I have been craving that for years and found all sorts of recipes, but yours is the one my grandmother used to make. I will make it or ask my son to make it soon. Thanks again!

  10. courtney b says

    yum! i love the halo oranges, they are cute and little and perfect for little kiddos. my daughter loves it too!

  11. Tammy s says

    This looks and sounds delicious! It reminds my of the Jello salads my grandmother used to make. I think it would be a big hit at our house because we love mandarin oranges! Thanks g=for the recipe!

  12. Sandra VanHoey says

    Oh my…does this look so good to me. My Aunt use to make one similar with strawberries and it had the cottage cheese in it and we all love it so much. Thanks for sharing this one. We have bought these for the kids a few times recently so I know they’d love this as well

  13. Sandy Cain says

    I like this! It has my favorites – cream, pineapple, mandarin oranges, cottage cheese – and no cooking involved! I definitely will sprinkle with some pecans. Thanks for this one! Pinning it!

  14. shelly peterson says

    I love oranges and orange jello so I think I would like this. The only thing that throws me of a little is the cottage cheese. I like cottage cheese but have never had it in a fruit salad of any sort. But I would like to give this recipe a try.

    • says

      Hi Shelly, thanks for stopping by! Some people don’t like the cottage cheese in the salad because of the texture, but like it after it has been smoothed out in a processor or blender. I personally like the texture and also the taste because it is very mild and provides just a bit of saltiness to counterbalance the sweet.

      Some other recipes use ricotta, cream cheese or even marshmallows instead. Let me know how you like it if you try it!

    • says

      Haha, Jeremy, if I had seen the ingredients list before trying this I probably would have thought the same. :) The best way I can describe the flavor is similar to a creamsicle. People seem to either love it or hate it. The Mr., who hadn’t had anything like this before actually really enjoyed it. Hope you like it if you make it. :)

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