Orange Dreamsicle Salad is a sweet, creamy, and refreshing dessert that combines the tangy flavor of oranges with the smoothness of vanilla pudding and the lightnessof Cool Whip. It’s a delightful treat reminiscent of the classic orange dreamsicle popsicles, making it perfect for summer gatherings, picnics, or as a fun addition to any meal. This easy-to-make dessert is sure to be a hit with its vibrant flavor and fluffy texture.
- 1 box orange Jell-O (gelatin dessert)
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 (14 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
Step 1: Dissolve the Jell-O
In a large bowl, add the orange Jell-O powder.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the Jell-O and whisk until the Jell-O is completely dissolved.
Step 2: Add Pudding Mix
Stir in the box of instant vanilla pudding mix to the Jell-O mixture.
Add 1/2 cup of cold water and continue to whisk until well mixed. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes to slightly thicken.
Step 3: Incorporate Cool Whip
Gently fold in the thawed Cool Whip into the Jell-O and pudding mixture. Be careful not to deflate the Cool Whip to keep the mixture light and fluffy.
Step 4: Add Oranges and Marshmallows
Fold in the drained mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
Step 5: Chill the Salad
Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl or dish.
Refrigerate the salad for at least 1 hour, or until it’s completely chilled and set.
Step 6: Serve
Once chilled, give the salad a gentle stir and serve.
Serve the Orange Dreamsicle Salad as a dessert or a sweet side dish. It’s perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, or as a light dessert after a meal.
- Fruit Variations: Feel free to add other fruits like pineapple chunks or banana slices for a different twist.
- Serving Options: Serve in individual cups or bowls for a more personalized touch.
- Make Ahead: This salad can be made a day in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes
- Chilling Time: At least 1 hour
- Total Time: About 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Calories: Approximately 150-200 per serving (varies based on the size of the serving)
- Protein: 1-2g per serving
- Sodium: Varies based on the brands of Jell-O, pudding, and Cool Whip used
Orange Dreamsicle Salad is a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that brings a touch of nostalgia and joy to any dining table. Its combination of citrusy orange and creamy vanilla flavors, along with the fluffy texture from Cool Whip and the added sweetness of marshmallows, makes it a favorite for both kids and adults. Enjoy this refreshing and tasty treat that’s perfect for any occasion!