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Mandarin orange salad in a white bowl.

Classic Jello Mandarin Orange Salad

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  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Refrigeration: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Such an easy dessert, this Mandarin Orange Salad is a great side dish and a pot lunch favorite. Active time is just minutes and it will be a favorite dessert salad to whoever you serve it. 


Units Scale
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1/3 ounce package orange-flavored Jello
  • 1 cup whole cottage cheese
  • 1 large can mandarin oranges drained 29 ounces
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut


  1. Mix Cool Whip, Jello, and cottage cheese into large bowl and combine well.
  2. Add rest of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.


  • Make sure to fold everything really well, but don’t mix too vigorously. There is value in retaining the air in the cool whip.
  • You can make many substitutions with the canned fruit and Jell-o flavors if you want to change it up!
  • I suggest allowing to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving, but it could really be ready right away.