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Orange Creamsicle Salad

close up overhead shot of a bowl of orange creamsicle salad topped with mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows
Orange creamsicle salad takes the classic flavors of the beloved popsicle and serves it up in a vintage fluff salad.
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  1. ORANGE CREAMSICLE SALAD INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS ORANGE CREAMSICLE SALAD RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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This orange creamsicle salad is as fluffy as a cloud. It’s full of silky pudding, whipped cream, tangy orange jello, juicy mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows to create a tasty fluff salad. It tastes just like that dreamy popsicle of the same name and is a great dish to bring to a summer picnic.

A fun, sweet dessert salad is always welcome at any gathering. For more easy recipes, try our orange fluff salad, watergate salad, or ambrosia salad. We love the flavor of creamsicles around here. Try our orange creamsicle fudge and no-bake orange creamsicle cheesecake.


MORE ORANGE CREAMSICLE RECIPES:
Orange Creamsicle Lush | Boozy Creamsicle Float


ORANGE CREAMSICLE SALAD INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 1 (3-ounce) box orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained (reserve 8 to 10 for garnish)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup mini marshmallows (optional garnish)

PRO TIP: You can use fewer oranges and mini marshmallows, but it will seem a bit unbalanced. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

NUTS: You can also add ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans for an added crunch in your salad.

FLAVOR: This recipe can be adapted to any pudding and jello flavor you’d like.

WHIPPED TOPPING: If you would prefer to use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip in this easy fruit salad, check out our recipe here.

CREAM CHEESE: For a thicker dressing, you could mix in cream cheese with the Cool Whip.

FRUIT: If you choose to change up the jello flavor in this easy recipe, I would also recommend changing the fruit. For example, if you go with strawberry jello try adding sliced strawberries in place of the mandarin oranges. 

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HOW TO MAKE THIS ORANGE CREAMSICLE SALAD RECIPE

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized heat-safe bowl, stir together the orange jello mix and boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. 

STEP TWO: Stir in the cold water. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

STEP THREE: Remove the cooled gelatin from the refrigerator, and whisk in the instant pudding until completely incorporated. Cover the bowl and return to the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Fold in the whipped topping, drained mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows. Return to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours or overnight.

PRO TIP: This simple recipe tastes even better if you can let it chill for a couple of hours before serving.

STEP FIVE: Just before serving, garnish with the reserved mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows. 

HOW TO SERVE

This delicious jello salad is so light and fluffy, it is perfect for either a delicious side dish or for dessert. It is a classic choice to bring to family gatherings or to serve for special occasions. Everyone will love the light texture and orange flavors of this orange creamsicle fruit salad.

Serve our refreshing iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it down.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this mandarin orange salad tightly covered in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

MAKE AHEAD: You can make this orange creamsicle fluff salad ahead of time. In fact, I recommend making it the night before you plan to serve it. That way it can sit in the refrigerator and the flavors can blend together. It also allows the marshmallows to soften up a bit.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this orange jello salad recipe and it will keep for about 3 months. Be aware that the texture of the marshmallows won’t be the same once they’ve thawed out. Since this is such a simple recipe to make, it’s best to make it fresh.

PRO TIP: Another idea is to use your leftover orange creamsicle jello salad to make creamsicle-style popsicles, by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

This creamsicle fluff salad is dreamy and fluffy and always a winner. I love these vintage recipes because they take a handful of simple ingredients to create a dessert that is adored by kids and adults alike.

FAQ

Can I freeze this salad?

This easy orange creamsicle salad can be frozen but note that the texture of the marshmallows will likely change once thawed.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

It is actually best to make this fluff recipe ahead of time. It gives the salad time to let all the flavors mingle and combine together for an even tastier dessert.

Are there other flavors I could make with this recipe?

There are plenty of variations on our orange fluff salad. You can change up the jello flavor and fruit for whatever your imagination can come up with. Try peach or strawberry fluff salads for two great choices.

Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

You could certainly substitute whipped topping with homemade whipped cream in our mandarin orange creamsicle salad. Check out the tasty recipe here.

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Orange Creamsicle Salad

5 from 1 vote
Orange creamsicle salad takes the classic flavors of the beloved popsicle and serves it up in a vintage fluff salad.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces orange-flavored gelatin
  • 3.4 ounces vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • 28 ounces mandarin oranges drained (reserve 8 to 10 for garnish)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup mini marshmallows optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Using a medium-sized heat-safe bowl, stir together the orange-flavored gelatin and boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Stir in the cold water. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cooled gelatin from the refrigerator, and whisk in the instant vanilla pudding until completely incorporated. Cover the bowl and return to the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Fold in the whipped topping, drained mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows. Return to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, garnish with the reserved mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows.

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 929IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Michelle says

    The recipe is saying oh add the pudding. Does that mean just add the pudding powder OR is it supposed to be mix into a pudding BEFORE you add it?

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