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Orange Dreamsicle Salad

Orange Dreamsicle Salad

Sunshine in a Bowl: Our Favorite Orange Dreamsicle Salad

Skip the boring name and embrace the delightful taste of this Orange Dreamsicle Salad! This recipe is a vibrant and refreshing dessert salad, perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or a delightful end to any meal.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Quick & Easy: With only 4 ingredients and minimal prep work, this salad comes together in a flash. It's a lifesaver for busy weeknights or when you need a last-minute side dish.
  • Sweet & Creamy Delight: The combination of orange Jell-O, vanilla pudding, and Cool Whip creates a creamy and sweet base that's bursting with citrus flavor.
  • Juicy Burst of Sunshine: The mandarin oranges add pops of juicy sweetness and a refreshing counterpoint to the creamy texture.
  • Fun and Festive: The vibrant orange color and playful addition of mini marshmallows make this salad a fun and festive addition to any table.


  • For the Citrusy Base:

    • 1 box orange Jell-O
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • ½ cup cold water
  • For the Creamy Dream:

    • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 1 container (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
  • For the Sunshine Touches:

    • 1 can (14 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
    • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Setting the Stage for Citrus Bliss: In a large bowl, whisk together the orange Jell-O and boiling water until the Jell-O is completely dissolved. Stir in the cold water and whisk to combine.

  2. A Touch of Chill: Place the Jell-O mixture in the refrigerator and let it chill for 15 minutes, allowing it to set slightly.

  3. Creating the Creamy Dream: Add the instant vanilla pudding mix to the chilled Jell-O mixture and whisk it in until smooth. Return the mixture to the refrigerator and chill for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until it thickens slightly.

  4. Folding in the Fun: Gently fold in the thawed Cool Whip, drained mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows to the thickened Jell-O and pudding mixture. Be careful not to overmix, as you want to maintain a light and fluffy texture.

  5. Serve and Savor: Spoon the Orange Dreamsicle Salad into individual bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy the burst of citrus flavor, creamy sweetness, and playful textures in every bite!

Looking for More Dessert-Like Salads?

We love exploring fun and delicious dessert salad recipes! Here are a few more ideas to tantalize your taste buds:

  • Cherry Salad: This classic dessert salad features juicy cherries, creamy pudding, and a touch of almond extract for a delightful flavor combination.
  • Pineapple Fluff with Pretzels: This tropical treat combines fluffy pineapple, whipped cream, and crunchy pretzels for a sweet and salty contrast.
  • Orange Julius Recipe: Take inspiration from the iconic drink and create a creamy orange creamsicle salad with a touch of vanilla for a refreshing and flavorful dessert.

So next time you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious dessert salad, give our Orange Dreamsicle Salad a try! With its vibrant flavors and creamy textures, it's sure to become a new favorite.