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Orange Fluff Salad | Low Point Dessert

I was recently at a potluck party and I brought my famous orange fluff dessert. It was a big hit! I got so many compliments on it and people were asking for the recipe. So, I decided to write a blog post about it. In this post, I will explain why orange fluff is such a great dessert choice, provide the recipe, and offer some tips on how to make it even healthier.

Ingredients for orange fluff orange Jello box, orange slices, whipped cream, marshmallows and shredded coconut

This recipe is so easy and only takes a few minutes to make. Plus, it's a great way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C! So the next time you're looking for a healthy and delicious dessert option, be sure to give this recipe a try. I promise you won't be disappointed! 🙂

Orange Fluff Salad

What's more refreshing than a salad that tastes like summer? This Orange Fluff Salad starts with juicy mandarin oranges and sweet whipped cream before adding in fluffy marshmallows for an extra burst of happiness. Whether you're eating it as part of your weekly diet or just want something light yet satisfying, this dish will leave any appetite satisfied.

This orange fluff salad is a perfect dish for any occasion. The juicy mandarin oranges are augmented by sweet whipped cream and fluffy marshmallows, making it both light and refreshing.

Orange fluff mixed in a bowl. shredded coconut and mandarin oranges in bowls on the side

What is orange fluff?

The history of this refreshing dish dates back to the 1950s when it was first served at BBQs and church gatherings. This light, but filling dessert features cottage cheese mixed with orange jello that’s popular during the summer months in America.

There are many different variations for it, but this one is my particular favorite. This dish only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Orange fluff mixed in a bowl. shredded coconut and mandarin oranges in bowls on the side

It may look complicated or time-consuming, but don't worry – orange fluff salad really couldn't be much easier.

What should I know before making this orange fluff recipe?

This orange salad recipe tastes its best after it has been in the fridge for a day. This is because it has time to soak up all the flavors.

If you want to make the best of this delicious recipe, experiment with ingredients one at a time so that each flavor can be enjoyed in its purest form. Plus, by going through all possible variations and seeing which ones work for your taste buds; we're pretty sure no matter what you will find one that you love.

Ingredients in Orange Fluff

This salad takes very few ingredients, but don’t forget you can add or remove a couple of these to make it your own.

  • Orange Jell-O
  • Whipped Cream (low-fat)
  • Cottage Cheese (low-fat)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Coconut for that added flavor (save some to use as garnish)

Can I use Instant Pudding in Fluff Salad?

Orange fluff mixed in a bowl. with a hand holding the bowl and oranges in the background

You could possibly swap out the cottage cheese for vanilla instant pudding, but this might make it thinner, higher in points, and much higher in sugar content. Some prefer it this way, but it’s not a healthy substitution. So, while you can use instant pudding in fluff salads, I wouldn’t suggest it.

If you like the way the consistency is with pudding opt for low fat and zero sugar pudding so you will still have a healthier great tasting dessert.

Is Orange Fluff a dessert or salad?

Orange fluff mixed in a white bowl. Oranges and a bowl of shredded coconut in the background

There is a bit of fun controversy around this question. Orange fluff has “salad” added in the name most of the time. However, it’s also considered a dessert.

The way to determine whether a recipe is actually called “fluff salad” or not has been debating chefs and dietitians for years, but there doesn't seem be any agreed-upon standard. We'll leave that up in the air with our answer.
The closest thing we can come up with as an alternative would simply define it by its ingredients: All sweet desserts typically consist mainly of sugar; delights often include things such lemon juice (or other citrus fruit), vanilla flavor extract) plus whipped cream if desired

So we will call it a delight because it is delightful to our tastebuds.

Can you make Orange Fluff Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make orange fluff in advance. In fact, I highly suggest it so that you get the best flavor from this dish. This recipe can easily be prepared and stored overnight in the refrigerator. The orange mandarins might provide additional moisture to this salad, so just stir it in again before serving. And last but not least enjoy.

How do I serve Orange Fluff Salad?

What is more satisfying than our delicious orange fluff salad? This scrumptious dessert will leave your mouth watering and desiring just one more bite. It's perfect as both an appetizer and a dessert, it is a great dish to take to potlucks and family gatherings.

You can swap out the orange jello for another flavor to switch things up or even match a theme. If you do this, you’ll want to swap out the oranges and use the fruit that matches the jello flavor.

  • Jell-o fluff can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. You’ll want to cover it with plastic wrap when storing it or it will dry out. Do not freeze.
  • If you store it in the fridge for at least a day, the flavor has a chance to really soak in and it’s truly the best.
  • You’ll want to stir it well after storing it as some of the liquid will migrate to the top. Stir well before serving.
  • The marshmallows will get much gooier when refrigerated. Don’t be alarmed, this is ok and, in my opinion, makes a better consistency.
  • Swap out various jell-o flavors to change up the entire flavor of the salad. Go nuts 🙂
  • Other popular add-ins are sour cream, yogurt, fruit cocktail, chopped pecans etc.
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Orange Fluff Low Point Dessert

  • Author: Kevin Smiley


You can never go wrong with a classic recipe like this orange fluff salad. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make and a quick toss together. A deliciously sweet and fruity side dish for most occasions.



1 Tub Cool Whip (8 ounces) Use Fat-free whipped cream 

1 Box Orange Gelatin Powder (3 ounces) use sugar-free jello

1 Can Mandarin Oranges, drained (14 ounces)

1 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows  I count out 60

1 Cup Cottage Cheese (use low-fat) you can also sub greek yogurt

1 Cup Unweetened Shredded Coconut  (Optional)


  1. Combine the whipped cream and orange jello powder in a large mixing bowl and mix until no white streaks remain.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and fold them in until fully combined.

  3. Serve immediately or store in the fridge, covered, until ready to serve.


I highly recommend making this one the night before and serving it the next day. 
Remember to stir well before serving

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