Orange Dreamsicle Salad

Orange Dreamsicle Salad is a refreshing and delightful dessert that perfectly captures the essence of a classic dreamsicle. It combines the zesty flavor of orange Jell-O with the creamy texture of vanilla pudding, creating a taste that’s both nostalgic and delicious. The addition of Cool Whip, mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows adds layers of flavor and texture, making it a hit at gatherings or as a sweet treat at home. This easy-to-make dessert salad is sure to bring a touch of whimsy and joy to your table.


  • 1 box orange Jell-O
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 14 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Dissolve Jell-O: In a large bowl, combine the orange Jell-O with boiling water. Whisk until the Jell-O is completely dissolved.
  2. Add Cold Water: Stir in the cold water. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow the mixture to chill for about 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk in Pudding Mix: Slowly whisk in the instant vanilla pudding mix until the mixture is smooth. Return it to the refrigerator and let it chill for another 15-20 minutes, or until it becomes slightly thickened.
  4. Fold in Remaining Ingredients: Gently fold in the Cool Whip, drained mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows until everything is well combined.
  5. Chill Before Serving: Refrigerate the salad until you’re ready to serve. It’s best served cold.

Bonus Tips:

  • Variations: Try using different flavors of Jell-O or pudding to create your own unique twist on this salad.
  • Texture: For a crunchier texture, add nuts like chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve in individual dessert cups for a charming presentation.

Orange Dreamsicle Salad is more than just a dessert; it’s a delightful journey back to childhood summers. The combination of citrusy orange and creamy vanilla flavors, mixed with the fluffiness of Cool Whip and the juiciness of mandarin oranges, creates a treat that’s both satisfying and visually appealing. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a sweet end to a family meal!