Orange Dreamsicle Salad Recipe


Get ready to experience a burst of citrusy delight with our Orange Dreamsicle Salad! 😋 This refreshing treat is a perfect blend of orange and vanilla flavors, creating a creamy and satisfying dessert that’s both quick and easy to whip up. Don’t miss out on this zesty twist to your traditional gelatin salads!


  • 1 box (3 oz.) orange Jell-O
  • 1 box (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 container (8 oz.) Cool Whip
  • 1 can (14 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Jell-O Fusion: In a large bowl, combine the orange Jell-O with boiling water. Give it a good whisk until the Jell-O is completely dissolved.
  2. Chill Time: Add the cold water to the mix and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for a quick 15 minutes. This sets the stage for the perfect texture.
  3. Pudding Harmony: Slowly whisk in the instant vanilla pudding mix until the mixture becomes smooth. Let it chill for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until it achieves a slightly thickened consistency.
  4. Whip it Up: Fold in the Cool Whip gently. This step adds a luscious creaminess to your Orange Dreamsicle Salad.
  5. Fruity Elegance: Introduce the vibrant mandarin oranges to the mix. Make sure to drain them well before adding to maintain the salad’s ideal consistency.
  6. Sweet Pillows: Sprinkle in the mini marshmallows, providing a delightful textural contrast that complements the creamy and fruity components.

Helpful Tips:

  • For an extra burst of citrus, consider adding some finely grated orange zest to the Jell-O mixture. This enhances the natural orange flavor.
  • If you’re a fan of nuts, chopped pecans or walnuts make for a fantastic addition, giving the salad a subtle crunch.
  • Ensure the Jell-O is fully dissolved in the boiling water to avoid any graininess in your salad.


Q: Can I use sugar-free Jell-O and pudding for a lighter version?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to substitute sugar-free Jell-O and pudding mixes for a lower-calorie alternative without compromising on taste.

Q: Can I make this ahead of time for a party?

A: Definitely! Prepare the salad a day in advance and keep it refrigerated. It actually tastes even better as the flavors meld together over time.

Q: Can I customize the fruits in this salad?

A: Of course! Experiment with different fruits like pineapple chunks or fresh berries to tailor the salad to your preferences. Just ensure they are well-drained to maintain the desired consistency.

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