I moved to Utah last year, which happens to be the Jello capital of the world. That’s right! Utahns eat more Jello than anyone else in the whole world. I think I know how they do it. They don’t eat just plain Jello, they sneak Jello into all sorts of dishes like this Mandarin Orange Jello Salad recipe. And Jello-flavored dishes are served everywhere! Attend any potluck, wedding, funeral, party, holiday dinner…there will be Jello there in some form.
A friend shared her family’s favorite recipe for this Mandarin Orange Jello salad with me. If you like Orange Dreamsicle flavors and Mandarin oranges, you’ll like this dish. It’s easy to make and definitely a crowd pleaser…especially in Utah!
Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
- 1 Large Box of Orange Jello
- 1 Large Box of Vanilla Pudding (the Cook and Serve Kind)
- 3 cups Water
- 2 small cans of Mandarin Oranges (drained)
- 1 Tub Cool Whip
Whisk Orange Jello powder and Vanilla Pudding powder with 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir and you cook mixture until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool in refrigerator for about an hour (be sure not to let it set). Stir in Cool Whip until well mixed. Fold in Mandarin Oranges. Refrigerate until set. Serve cold!
So, let’s take a vote. Is this a dessert or is this a side dish? (Hint: In Utah, the Jello salad dishes are served right alongside the Main Course.) Do you like Jello? Have you ever made a Jello salad? Let me know what you think in the comments section.