Orange Dreamsicle Salad

Orange Dreamsicle Salad is a delightful and refreshing dessert salad that combines the creamy, tangy flavors of an orange dreamsicle with the lightness of a salad. The base of this dish typically includes a blend of whipped topping and vanilla or orange-flavored instant pudding, which creates a smooth and creamy texture reminiscent of the classic dreamsicle ice cream.

To this creamy base, small pieces of mandarin oranges are added, providing a burst of citrus flavor and a tender, juicy contrast to the smooth pudding mixture. Some variations of the recipe also include miniature marshmallows, which add a sweet, fluffy element to the dish.

The salad is often further enriched with additional ingredients such as crushed pineapple for a tropical twist, or sweetened coconut flakes for added texture and flavor. To maintain a balance between sweetness and acidity, a touch of sour cream or yogurt can be incorporated into the whipped topping and pudding mixture.

Once all the ingredients are gently folded together, the salad is chilled in the refrigerator for several hours. This chilling process allows the flavors to meld together and the salad to firm up to a delightfully creamy consistency.

Upon serving, the Orange Dreamsicle Salad is often garnished with additional mandarin orange segments, a sprinkle of coconut flakes, or even a dollop of extra whipped topping. This dish is perfect for summer picnics, potlucks, or as a sweet end to a warm-weather meal. Its nostalgic flavors and light, creamy texture make it a favorite among both children and adults, evoking memories of enjoying a cold dreamsicle on a hot day.


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

How To Make Orange Dreamsicle Salad

  1. In a large bowl combine orange Jell-O and boiling water.
  2. Whisk until Jell-o is dissolved.
  3. Add cold water and allow to chill for 15 minutes in refrigerator.
  4. Slowly whisk in vanilla pudding mix until smooth and chill for another 15-20 minutes or until it becomes slightly thickened.
  5. Fold in Cool Whip, mandarin oranges and marshmallows
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