Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

Recipe for Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
This is perfect for Spring Time Dinners or you can do like my family and have it with every holiday meal!  I have to double the recipe and it still isn't enough.  I also have to watch my family to make sure someone doesn't hide it from everyone else.
Mandarin Orange Jello Salad:

1 8oz. Cream Cheese
1 8oz. Cool Whip Topping
1 3oz. Orange Jello
1 15 oz. Can Mandarin Orange Slices, drained (Keep Juice)
1 20 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple, drained
1 C Chopped Nuts (Optional)

Pour off mandarin orange juice into a sauce pan.  Add orange jello and cook till dissolved. Next add cream cheese to the orange mixture but turn the heat off.  Set aside till broken up and melted.  Cream Cool Whip until smooth then add orange cream cheese mix and continue to mix until smooth.  Gently stir in drained crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges.  Add nuts if desired.  Chill 2 - 3 hrs in refrigerator until set.

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Unknown said...

This recipe looks wonderful. However, I am allergic to something in cool whip style toppings. Would whipped cream be to rich?

Debra Howard said...

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. Definitely worth trying

Anonymous said...

How many servings does this make? I need enough for a 9 x 13 pan. Thanks

Cynbeth said...

Hi Debra, thank you so much for "finding" my Mom's mandarin orange salad recipe!!! My daughter asked me to make it for thanksgiving and I was getting worried I wouldn't be able to make it since I have misplaced my copy....and my Mom is no longer with us.... Bless you!

Anonymous said...

Could I make this with strawberry Jello. Daughter doesn't like the orange flavor. Thanks

Sue Stith said...

Love to mix the oranges and pineapple....also, I hate jello...but I can actually eat this!!!!! Going to be a cool fruity salad on my Thanksgiving table this year......Thank you for posting!

Debra Howard said...

I see no reason this could not be made with strawberry jello and strawberries substituted for the mandarin oranges.

Debra Howard said...

There would be enough in this recipe for a 9 x 13 pan.

Debra Howard said...

This recipe can easily be doubled for larger pans or bowls. I double it all the time with no problems.

Unknown said...

This is one of those things that was served all the time by my favorite grandma. It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

Lawgirlyjo said...

Will it work with sugar free jello?

Debra Howard said...

I have never made it with sugar free jello but is worth a try

Anonymous said...

Can you make this the day before? Or will it get soggy?