Orange Fluff Salad

Orange Fluff Salad in a white serving dish

This orange fluff salad is a vintage recipe that combines whipped topping, sour cream , Orange Jell-o , mandarin oranges, pineapple and marshmallows for the fluff.   This comes from a time of when fluff salads were king and there are so many variations of this recipe out there . My Aunt used to put cottage cheese instead of sour cream but this is the way we had it at my house, but we all put marshmallows giving it the “fluff”. This was on our tables at all of our summer cookouts  all the way to the holidays. We always had this orange fluff at Easter while we had Watergate Salad at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am not sure why , I don’t make the rules , LOL.

A serving of orange fluff salad in a white bowl

My mother was a kid in the 1950-60’s , the hay day of the Jell-o salads . Her favorite fluff salads we had as kids as well. She isn’t a fan of cottage cheese so we never had these salads this way except when we went to her sisters house. I personally like them both ways . You need very little equipment or skills to make this , so it is perfect for beginners.

What you will need to make Orange Fluff Salad

  • Orange Jell-O -This gives flavor and helps firm the sauce
  • Whipped Topping – This provides the little more sweetness in the sauce
  • Sour Cream – This gives a contrast in flavor and helps this from being overly sweet (Some people use Cottage Cheese)
  • Crushed Pineapple-This is optional but all fluff salads have bits of pineapple , it ‘s the rule lol
  • Mandarin Oranges – You can’t have orange salad without Oranges
  • Mini Marshmallows – marshmallows absorb all of the goodness and is the fluff in fluff salads

Additional items needed

Optional Add ins:

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Pecans
  • Wal-nuts
  • cherries
  • Replace sour cream with cottage cheese


Let’s make some salad !!


Mix together the whipped topping , sour cream and orange Jell-o. Blend until the Jell-o is dissolved then fold in the drained crushed pineapple .

Making orange fluff salad . The cool whip and jello is blended with the crushed pineapple added.

Fold in the drained mandarin oranges.

Adding the mandarin oranges to the orange fluff salad.

Now mix in the min marshmallows.

Adding the mini marshmallows to the orange fluff salad

Cover and chill at least 4 hours but it is even better to sit over night .

Covering the salad to chill before serving

Add a few orange wedges to the top and serve.

3 mandarin orange wedges on top of the orange fluff salad .

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Orange Fluff Salad in a white serving dish

Orange Fluff Salad

This orange fluff salad is a vintage recipe that combines whipped topping , Orange Jell-o , mandarin oranges, pineapple and marshmallows .
4.48 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 16 oz Sour Cream see notes
  • 3 oz Orange Jell-O
  • 8 oz Crushed Pineapple Drained
  • 15 oz Mandarin Oranges Drained -optional reserve a fee for the top
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


  • Mix together the cool whip and sour cream
    whipped cream and sour cream mixed together for orange fluff salad
  • Add the orange jell-o and mix until the powder is dissolved
    Orange fluff salad with the orange jello added to the whipped topping
  • Mix in crushed pineapple
    Orange fluff salad with the pineapple added
  • Mix in the mandarin oranges
    Orange fluff salad with the orange wedges added
  • Fold in Mini Marshmallows
    Orange fluff salad with the mini marshmallows added
  • Cover and chill at least 4 hours but best overnight
    Orange fluff salad covered and ready to chill



The sour cream can be replaced with cottage cheese. It sounds strange but it is so good if you like cottage cheese.. This version with the sour cream pleases most people . 
I have also used an instant vanilla pudding in this and it gives it a vanilla cream flavor.
Add in options
  • Nuts
  • cherries 
  • shredded coconut 
Keyword Fluff salad, Orange fluff, Orange fluff salad, Orange fluff with pineapple, Orange fluff without cottage cheese
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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1 year ago

5 stars
I have not had orange fluff in ages and your recipe was every big as delicious as I remember!!

1 year ago

5 stars
I am drooling. Never made an orange Fluff Salad ever. Combination of oranges , pineapple and Marshmellow sounds unique. A must try dish for the season. Thanks

1 year ago

5 stars
My kids this is the best way to eat “salad” because it’s stuffed with tons of marshmallows. I love it because it gets them to eat their fruit without complaint. Thank you for the great idea!

1 year ago

This was a simple way to use canned pineapples and oranges I had sitting around forever. Topped with shredded coconut and a little bit of dried cherries, it was fantastic!

Amy Liu Dong
1 year ago

5 stars
I have never tasted this kind of salad before, but it looks so good and tasty!
I am going to try this at home. Thank you!

1 year ago

5 stars
This is a favorite recipe! My kids especially loved the marshmallows. Definitely making it again!

Enriqueta E Lemoine
1 year ago

5 stars
I’m in love with this salad. This is the first time I have heard about it, but I want to try it and make it for my Easter brunch. Thanks for the inspiration.

1 year ago

5 stars
Now THIS is the kind of salad I can get behind! This was such a hit in my kitchen last night, thank you so much for sharing this recipe 🙂

Hayley Dhanecha
1 year ago

5 stars
Never had orange fluff salad, so glad I made it over the weekend as my little niece came over and she was so happy to dig in.

1 year ago

5 stars
I’m from the midwest so I always ate this growing up! It was fun to recreate it at home!

11 months ago

I wonder if I could do it with strawberries or peaches…

26 days ago

Delicious recipe. It was as exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much! Happy Easter! ✝️