Orange Jello Salad

May 22, 2012

orange jello salad

I was given this recipe by a good friend of my Mothers. Since then it has become one of my favorite things to make. It’s so incredibly easy to throw together and it makes a lot. It could very easily be halved using the smaller 8 oz container of cool whip , etc, etc. That’s what I usually do when I make it for just myself. It doesn’t really keep well past the second day, it starts to break down and soften, getting kind of wet. Not exactly the texture you are looking for with this salad. But served the day its made, it is just awesome!

I’m actually quite shocked that I enjoy this dish as much as I do. Firstly, I am not a huge orange flavor person. Citrus just isn’t my favorite. And further more I don’t really enjoy pudding-like textures. Luckily with all the ingredients and the cool whip, the salad isn’t so strongly flavored orange and there is actually a nice degree of texture.

orange jello salad

Some of you may be looking at the ingredient list wondering why in the world is there cottage cheese in this salad and at that rate, how that could possibly be appetizing. Well, I really don’t have an answer for you. All I can say is that it just IS. And once you add in the immense amount of cool whip, the cottage cheese just kind of gets lost in it all. NOTE: If you decide to use lower fat cottage cheese and cool whip, it will be a little bit wetter and not as thick. I don’t really recommend it. I’ve never personally used sugar-free jello either so I can’t say how well that works as a substitution.

I will say that this isn’t the most popular dish to serve at social functions. And that is simply because people don’t recognize what it is. I’ve learned  over the years that people are far more apt to eat things that they can look at and know exactly what it is. For example- a chocolate chip cookie would be far more popular than a chocolate mint chip cookie or a butterscotch oatmeal cookie. It’s a shame that so many good dishes get overlooked because of this, but it is very true. So I do have to throw that out there. Unless, you are serving this to a group of people that are familiar with the salad, then it probably will only be picked at.

orange jello salad

4.7 from 3 reviews
Orange Jello Salad
Serves: 12
  • 1 (32 oz) large container cottage cheese
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin orange segments, drained and cut in half
  • 2 small boxes orange flavored jello
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 1 large container cool whip
  1. Combine cottage cheese, pineapple, oranges, jello, and cherries together in a large bowl.
  2. Fold in cool whip until completely combined. Cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Best served the day it's made.



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Denise March 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I grew up eating this but it was called “Out of this World Salad”. It almost always showed up at church dinners and was usually was the first thing to go.


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Claire November 13, 2015 at 6:04 am

Oh my goodness, this is an awesome recipe!! I make it as a dessert, doubling the amount of cottage cheese to make it less candy-like sweet, and of course, to make it richer in protein.


Roberta September 3, 2016 at 3:33 am

My recipe for Orange Jello Salad

Very simple

Small Cottage Cheese
Small Cool Whip
2 cans Mandarin Oranges (drain)
1 small Orange Jello

Mix ingredients together
Do not add water to jello.

Everyone likes this recipe – Roberta

I also Have a lemon and lime jello recipe. It is rated a Christmas Favorite. Anyone want the recipe please Email me.


Peggy Przybycien June 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

I use the sugar free jello and it’s just as good!!!


Peggy Przybycien June 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

I use sugar free jello and it’s just as good!!


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Claudia Beene January 19, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Very good! More like a dessert! I added marsh mellows and walnuts to mine! Should have added a large can of pineapple instead of the 8 oz.


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