Orange Salad

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Tastes Like a Dreamsicle Orange Salad – bright orange flavor with a creamy, mousse-like texture. A sweet addition to any meal.  

Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad

Today I am sharing a longtime Family Favorite recipe – Tastes Like a Dreamsicle Orange Salad.  My sister-in-law (Hi Cheryl!) shared this little gem with me many years ago.

And I can’t even begin to guess how many times I’ve made it over the years. It’s been a mainstay at most of our holiday and special occasion meals since then. It’s a wonderful addition to potluck parties, too.

And sometimes I make it “just because”. You know, those times when a family member requests something ever so nicely. It’s all about keeping your people happy, right?

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Like many Midwestern recipes containing Jell-o, this recipe is called a salad. I’ve always wondered about that.

Maybe there’s less guilt associated with eating something with “salad” in the name? But this is a sweet salad. Not to be confused with a plate-of-greens-and-veggies salad. 

Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad has a mousse-like texture. And the taste? Reminiscent of a creamy, orange Dreamsicle (aka Creamsicle in some parts of the country).



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I usually serve this as a side dish to the meal, but you could serve it as a dessert. My family will continue to call it a salad. And we will continue to serve it with the meal as we always have.

Because to call it a dessert means we would have to choose between Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad and say, cake or pie. And that just wouldn’t be right.

Can’t get enough Orange Salad? Be sure to check out Strawberries & Cream Salad to take advantage of the summer berries.

Sweet strawberries paired with a creamy vanilla base for an easy make-ahead dish.

11/17/17:  Post & photos updated.

Work Smarter:  Sometimes the right tools can make or break your cooking experience. These are the tools I used to make quick work of this recipe:

Whisk – perfect size for dressings & sauces.  Dishwasher safe with sealed barrel.
Prep bowls – love this set!
Hand held potato masher – easiest way to combine the pudding mixture & Cool Whip.

I’ve shared this recipe at:  Full Plate Thursday and Weekend Potluck.

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Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad

Tastes Like a Dreamsicle Orange Salad – bright orange flavor with a creamy, mousse-like texture. A sweet addition to any meal.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dreamsicle orange salad, mandarin orange jello salad, mandarin orange salad with cool whip and vanilla pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 64 kcal
Author Lori @


  • 1 6 oz. package orange jell-o
  • 2 3 oz. packages vanilla cook & serve pudding & pie filling
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • 1 large can mandarin oranges drained


  1. Combine orange jell-o, vanilla pudding and hot water in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  3. Continue boiling (and stirring) until mixture turns clear.
  4. Pour into a large bowl and chill overnight. Alternatively, chill until set (about 4 hours).

  5. Combine Cool Whip with jell-o/pudding mixture (a potato masher works well for this step).

  6. Add mandarin oranges and stir gently.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Plan ahead - needs to chill.
  • I am not a certified nutritionist or dietitian. All nutritional information is intended for informational purposes only and should be used only as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate. The nutritional labels are calculated by an online calculator. Even though I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.
Nutrition Facts
Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 7g
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Diane Hadley says:

    Hello, I’m so excited to make this for our Thanksgiving party tomorrow! I hope You can answer this before I make it later today. I wanted to know if you can double this, or if its better to make 2 batches instead? Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving, Diane

    • I think this should double easily. It will likely take a little longer to cook and set up than a single batch. I’d love to hear your results, Diane. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Lori says:

    I know it says chill overnight but how long is acceptable if you were going to make it for a function today?

  3. Laura says:

    How long do you boil before it turns clear??

  4. do you add the liquid from the mandarins orgnges also in the can?I assume no but am just making sure….

  5. Tanya says:

    I tried this recipe with Strawberry Jello and fresh strawberries! yummy..thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • I’m so glad you liked this recipe! I love changing it up when fresh fruits are in season, too. The raspberry version is bliss on a spoon. Thanks for stopping by Tanya!

  6. You had me at Creamsicle! This looks so good! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. I’m totally in love with this! Yummy! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

  9. Our family will love this salad it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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