Favorite Orange Jello Salad Recipe is an effortless dish perfect for potlucks and celebrations. Easy orange jello fluff salad combines Cool Whip, mandarin oranges, cottage cheese, and pineapple for a refreshing tropical side dish.
Drain pineapple and mandarin oranges in a colander. Place colander over a bowl and set aside for at least 1 hour. TIP: For a shortcut, drain for 30 minutes and pour fruit onto a paper towel-lined plate. Blot gently on top with another paper towel. If desired, set aside some fruit for a garnish.
In a large bowl stir together cottage cheese with orange jello. Gently fold in Cool Whip and well-drained fruit.
Garnish with reserved fruit, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Tips for Making Orange Fluff Salad
If you can't find pineapple tidbits, use pineapple chunks and cut into smaller pieces or use very well drained crushed pineapple.
Make sure the fruit is well drained before adding to the cottage cheese / jello mixture. For best results drain the fruit into a colander and set over a bowl for at least 1 hour up to overnight.
For a more tropical flavor add 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes to the mixture.
Miniature marshmallows may also be folded in with the Cool Whip.
Adapt this recipe for a variety of jello flavors using different fruits, such as fresh or canned pears, bananas, fresh or frozen strawberries, grapes, or berries.
Reserve a few oranges to use as a garnish before folding into the mixture.
More garnish options are additional whipped cream, chopped walnuts, pineapple tidbits, mini marshmallows, or maraschino cherries.