Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad

As Christmas grows near, and our time becomes short, having make-ahead dishes to serve to family and guests is always a great idea! This Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad was a staple at family parties when I was growing up! The recipe is from my niece, Jammie’s, grandmother and was made many times by my sister during the Holidays!

Even though the Orange Jello Salad is made with very simple ingredients, the recipe is perfect to add to your Christmas Menu or any special occasion. I’m not sure if my sister, Gayle or her daughter still make this salad, but since Jammie has a family of her own now, I thought she might enjoy seeing this family recipe handed down.

The base for the Orange Jello Salad is a very typical fruit mixed with jello, recipe. But the topping and grated cheese sprinkled on top is what makes it extra special.

And before you think, like Doug did, that cheese and jello just don’t go together…give it a try! I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised! Doug sure was!

Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad

A make-ahead Orange Jello Salad that is perfect for a special occasion. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com. Original Family Recipe from Lois Kimmel


  • Orange Jello - 2 small boxes or 1 large
  • 1 can (15 oz) apricots
  • 1 can (15 oz) crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup real whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese


  1. Drain apricots and pineapple, reserving the juice
  2. Cut apricots into small pieces
  3. In a large bowl, combine the jello and 2 cups boiling water, stir to dissolve
  4. Add 1 cup of reserved juice, stir and place bowl in fridge for about 30 minutes or until jello is consistency of egg whites
  5. Fold in fruit and marshmallows
  6. Rinse 13x9 glass pan in cold water and pour in jello mixture
  7. Return to fridge until set, several hours or overnight
  8. Topping
  9. In a small saucepan, add the sugar, flour, beaten egg and orange juice
  10. Whisk constantly until thick
  11. Add butter and stir until melted
  12. Remove from heat and let cool, about 30 minutes
  13. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form, fold in pudding mixture and spread on jello
  14. Top with grated cheese


Chilling time is included

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  1. Yes, we still make our Orange Jello Surprise every holiday!!! It is my Mom’s favorite!!!! My Dad still makes it too! It is one of the few recipes of Grandma’s that we have. :(
    And YES!!!! The cheese makes it!!! My favorite part. But if people wrinkle their noses, I let them… That means MORE for me later!!! Yummy!!!

    • Jammie, I served the salad along with our dinner, and all my boys turned up their nose. But Andrew’s girlfriend loved it. And you are right…all the more for us! :-)

  2. Ahorsesoul says:

    Made this today. Yum for sure. It was after dinner when I started it and had it done before going to bed. I put half of it into little canning jars and it looks beautiful. Thanks for your recipes.

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