orange jello salad in a small glass jar

Orange Jello Salad

With just a few ingredients, this light and fluffy Orange Jello Salad is super easy, kid-friendly and perfect for any gathering!

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jar of orange jello salad

Wanna know what I love about living in the midwest?? First off, I love the wide open spaces – it means room for the kids to run, room for a garden, and clear skies for miles and miles. Being in the midwest also means we live in the heart of animal agriculture – an industry made up of hard-working, respectful farmers (my family included!) who care for the land and the quality of food they produce.

And on a less serious note, living in the midwest means that when we say “salad”, it could be a leafy green salad or a “salad” full of cool whip, pudding and jello!! I mean think about it….strawberry pretzel salad, Snickers salad and this Orange Jello Salad I’m sharing today! Whether you call it “salad” or “dessert,” I’m sure of one thing – it’s SO darned tasty and hope you think so too! 🙂

spoon in a jar with orange jello salad

Ingredients Needed for Orange Jello Salad

  • Cook & Serve Vanilla Tapioca Pudding
  • Orange Jello – regular or sugar free with work
  • Water
  • Mandarin Oranges – I use the oranges in light syrup or juice (though it gets drained either way!)
  • Whipped Topping – You can use “light” or regular

Recipe Variations

Though I love the original recipe, here are a few fun variations!

Add marshmallows – My daughter loves marshmallows so I often add 1-2 cups of mini marshmallows in the mixture.
Strawberry – Use strawberry Jello instead of orange, then use 1 lb fresh strawberries (quartered) instead of the mandarin oranges.
Lots of Fruit – Instead of the two cans of mandarin oranges, use one can of mandarin oranges, 1 can of drained peach slices and two sliced bananas.

overhead view of a spoon in a jar with orange jello salad

Some of my other favorite side dishes

Macaroni Salad – This salad is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy! It’s a go-to recipe for parties, barbeques, potlucks and family gatherings!
Best Ever Baked Beans – These are packed with ground beef, perfectly sweet and 100% delish!!
Tortellini Pasta Salad – Cheese-filled tortellini pasta brings a fun twist to a classic side dish! This pasta salad with Italian dressing is as easy as it gets and oh so tasty!

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orange jello salad in a small glass jar

Orange Jello Salad

Kelsey
With just a few ingredients, this light and fluffy Orange Jello Salad is super easy, kid-friendly and perfect for any gathering!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 16 1/2 c servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 3 oz boxes cook & serve vanilla tapioca pudding
  • 1 3 oz box orange Jello
  • 3 c water
  • 2 15 oz cans mandarin oranges (in light syrup or juice) drained
  • 1 8 oz tub whipped topping thawed

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, combine the tapioca pudding, Jello and water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Let it boil for 3 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until completely cool.
  • Add the drained mandarin oranges and whipped topping and fold in.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Keyword jello salad, salad

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