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Tropical Jello Salad is an amazing dish that can be a dessert or a side dish to any meal! It’s fluffy, full or flavor and delicious – it only has five ingredients (and none of them are cottage cheese!)
It’s been a while since I’ve made a jello salad…but lately, I’ve been on a HUGE kick of them!
I don’t like the kind that contains cottage cheese or cream cheese…as those aren’t ingredients I tend to enjoy very much.
This jello salad is fantastic. I’ve made a few different versions – and this is the first one I’m going to share.
What I love about it is that it has very simple ingredients that few people will object to, it’s so easy to make (my four-year-old loves to be a helper with it), and it’s so delicious!
What can I serve with Jello Salad?
I love having Jello Salad as a dessert or a side dish! Which makes it super easy to pair with other dishes.
I think this is a great salad to serve for a BBQ, holiday dinner or potluck.
In my experience I have found that name brand tastes better in this dish but you can definitely go ahead and use store brand, too.
If you don’t want to use Orange Jello mix you can always try another flavor! Just make sure it would pair well with the fruit you add.
You can always sub Pineapple chunks for tidbits or crushed pineapple just know the consistency might be a little different.
I like to use full fat products so stay away from the “fat free” or “lite” versions as it won’t taste quite the same!
How long will Jello Salad keep in the fridge? If properly stored in an airtight container it should be good for 1-2 days.
Can I make Jello Salad ahead of time? Yes. I would recommend making it several hours ahead of time to allow the flavors to mesh. Be sure to serve within 24 hours.
Can I double this recipe? Always!
Can I leave the fruit out? I haven’t ever left the fruit out and think the juices they contribute make this dish what it is, but you can always experiment or add other fruit.
Can you freeze Jello Salad? No, please don’t freeze this dish for later consumption. It will become too mushy to enjoy later on.
6 oz Orange Jello Mix
3 ounce instant vanilla pudding
11 ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 of a 20 ounce can of Pineapple chunks, drained
One container cool whip
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat, and mix in orange jello mix and vanilla pudding until dissolved.
Pour into a heat-resistant container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about four hours.
Remove from fridge and break up the jello into chunks. Place in a large bowl.
Add in the pineapple, mandarin oranges, and whipped cream and mix around until everything is combined.
Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve.
- 6 oz Orange Jello Mix
- 3 ounce instant vanilla pudding
- 11 ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained
- 1/2 of a 20 ounce can of Pineapple chunks, drained
- One container cool whip
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat, and mix in orange jello mix and vanilla pudding until dissolved.
- Pour into a heat-resistant container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about four hours.
- Remove from fridge and break up the jello into chunks. Place in a large bowl.
- Add in the pineapple, mandarin oranges, and whipped cream and mix around until everything is combined.
- Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve.