With just a few ingredients, this light and fluffy Orange Jello Salad is super easy, kid-friendly and perfect for any gathering!Jump to Recipe
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! 🙂
Ingredients Needed for Orange Jello Salad
- Cook & Serve Vanilla Tapioca Pudding
- Orange Jello – regular or sugar free with work
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- 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.