As Christmas grows near, and our time becomes short, having make-ahead dishes to serve to family and guests is always a great idea! orange jello salad was a staple at family parties when I was growing up! The recipe is from my niece, Jammie’s, and grandmother and was made many times by my sister during the Holidays! It pairs excellently with a mandarin orange holiday salad.

Easy Traditional Jello Salad

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 makes this salad, but since Jammie has a family of her own now, I thought she might enjoy seeing this family recipe handed down.

A sliced orange Jello Salad

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 are what makes it extra special.

And before you think, as 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!

Orange Jello Salad on serving pan

Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad

A cool, hydrating summer salad that may be served as a dessert or a side dish is Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad. Simple ingredients are used in this time-honored orange fluff recipe, which comes together quickly. The summer is the ideal time to enjoy some of these traditional “salads,” which essentially allow you to consume dessert with your meal rather than after. The inclusion of small marshmallows, which expand while the salad sets up in the refrigerator, gives the orange jello cottage cheese salad a fluffy and light texture.

What Makes Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad Special?

It is the ideal dessert to liven up your BBQ because it’s creamy, fluffy, and sweet. Everyone will enjoy it whether you serve it as a side dish or an after-dinner dessert. This easy-to-follow recipe for vintage Orange Jello Salad is excellent! Orange jello is flavored with citrus oranges, smashed pineapple, and a delicious Cool Whip and vanilla pudding icing. Orange jello, orange freshly squeezed juice, and citrus oranges all combine for the triple orange flavor. This dish gets even sweeter and more delicious when the tropical crushed pineapple pieces and juice are added. This dessert salad is rich without feeling heavy after a meal because of the zest of the juicy citrus oranges topped with sweet cream.

A top layer made of Cool Whip or Dream Whip and instant vanilla pudding significantly improves this orange jello salad. Each bite has extra flavor thanks to the hint of vanilla in the velvety, sweet flavors of whipped topping. This traditional Orange Peels Jello Salad is cool and refreshing on a hot summer day and has a depth of flavor that is comparable to our Orange Cake. Similar to our Watergate Salad and 7-Up Jello Salad, this recipe is fantastic to bring to a picnic or potluck.

Jello Salad Recipe Tips

  • When you initially combine everything, the salad can seem liquidy, but it will thicken as it rests in the refrigerator.
  • Make a jello fluffy salad using strawberry gelatin or your favorite flavor.
  • Planning is advised because the Jello salad needs to be chilled.
  • If preferred, add the small marshmallows last, right before chilling.

Why You’ll Love Orange Jello Salad?

Simple and Quick: used basic ingredients and make this Jell-O salad which comes together quickly in one bowl. It only takes a quick stir to start everything going!

No Cooking: You do not need to bake the Jell-O or heat water when using a box of it. This “salad” is made sweet and delightful by using powder.

Cottage Cheese: There aren’t many recipes that utilize this delicious dairy item well. Our orange fluff salad gains some nutrition, smoothness, and thickness from it.

Health Benefits for Jello Salad

A protein called jello may improve stomach, skin, hair, and nail health. Moreover, it offers vital amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins and have powerful health advantages. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is one advantage of eating them for health. Depending on the variety, an orange may provide up to 92% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. By assisting the body in producing new connective tissue, a protein that is present in your skin, bones, and cells, vitamin C keeps your skin looking young. Hyaluronic acid production is increased by vitamin C, which assists the body in the creation of tissue.

Potential health benefits of jello include:

Hydrated Skin:

Jello’s proteins and amino acids support the body in producing more collagen, which is essential for having good skin. Natural collagen levels decrease with age. This may cause the skin to become less elastic and develop wrinkles. Ingesting collagen increased skin moisture and decreased wrinkles.

Healthy Intestines:

The proteins in jello can strengthen the intestinal wall by attempting to develop the intestine’s defensive mucus layer. Jello has been shown to help protect the walls of the intestine in early experiments on rats.  Another amino acid that can help shield the intestinal wall from harm and stop digestive problems is glutamic acid, which is also present in jello.

Lower Blood Sugar:

In those with Type 2 diabetes, the amino acid glycine, which is present in jello, may help regulate blood sugar levels. Glycine therapy resulted in a decrease in blood sugar levels as well as a decrease in inflammation.

Stronger Joints and Bone:

Jello helps strengthen connective tissues in addition to increasing the skin’s flexibility. Joint discomfort can be lessened by collagen boosters like jello. They also discovered that it could make joints stronger by making the cartilage denser.

Storing Tips


A delicious complimentary side dish to serve for dinner with turkey and all the fixings is jello salad. Additionally, it goes well with both Christmas dinner and Easter meal.


This dessert will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator when covered. This makes it a great meal to prepare ahead of time!

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Old Fashioned Orange Jello Salad

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  • Author: Mark
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


A make-ahead Orange Jello Salad that is perfect for a special occasion. Recipe from 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


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup real whipping cream
  • ½ 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 13×9 glass pan in cold water and pour in jello mixture
  7. Return to fridge until set, several hours or overnight


  1. In a small saucepan, add the sugar, flour, beaten egg and orange juice
  2. Whisk constantly until thick
  3. Add butter and stir until melted
  4. Remove from heat and let cool, about 30 minutes
  5. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form, fold in pudding mixture and spread on jello
  6. Top with grated cheese


Chilling time is included.

  • Prep Time: 15

Nutrition Information on Orange Jello Salad

Per serving:

Calories124 kcalCarbohydrates17 g
Protein6 gFat2 g
Saturated Fat2 gCholesterol9 mg
Sugar11 gSodium118 mg
Potassium87 mgFiber2 g
Iron2 mgCalcium52 mg
Vitamin A87IUVitamin C3 mg


  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!!!

    • Can some make a video? I don’t understand the marshmallow and topping part

  2. My daughter has been looking for this recipe! My grandma used to make this all the time for family meals and just because at times! Lol It was heavily requested in our family too! The cheese does throw some people off that have never tried it, but when they try it for the first time, they end up loving it too! Thanks so much for posting this recipe that my daughter and I thought was long gone!

  3. This is my husband’s all time favorite! His mom made it for holiday meals. She pssed in early in 2020 and I am going to carry on the tradition. Thanks for posting this, I am sharing with my daughter and niece.

  4. Kendra Graham Reply

    This recipe has been passed down now 5 generations in my family that I know of. I’ve talked with my grandmother about the origin of this but all she remembers is that it’s european. Do you happen to know which country?

    • Interesting question, Kendra! Maybe it has some roots in UK? It seems that they are quite fond of jellies. Maybe is a remnant recipe taken from one or more colonies and readapted over time.

  5. Where is the recipe for the old fashioned orange Jello salad. I’m finding all of the info on why its good for you, comments and nutrition info, but not the recipe itself

    • Tina, you’re right! I missed the recipe. But now the post is updated. Bon Appetite!

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