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MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD – The Southern Lady Cooks

This Mandarin Orange Salad is a wonderful addition to any holiday or potluck. It’s so easy to make and everyone loves it. Super versatile!

Mandarin Orange Salad

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 I love how pretty this mandarin orange salad is and how good it looks on a buffet table in a pretty bowl.  You can just about add any fruit and make it your own.  It keeps for several days in the refrigerator.  You could double the recipe for a large crowd.  


  • Cool whip
  • Vanilla instant pudding, dry (do not make the pudding add the dry mix)
  • Mandarin oranges, drained
  • Crushed pineapple, undrained
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Coconut
  • Chopped green or red seedless grapes
  • Chopped maraschino cherries


This mandarin orange salad is very versatile. You can swap out any fruit in this dish and leave it out if you don’t like it. If you are not a fan of coconut, leave it out! Use only mandarin oranges and the pudding mix, whipped topping and marshmallows. Make it your own!


The hardest part about this recipe is getting out the ingredients!


Mix together the cool whip and dry vanilla instant pudding with a spoon.  Fold in the rest of the fruit and mix with a spoon.  You may want to leave out some of the fruit to decorate the top of your salad. Makes 6 cups. 


Be sure to drain the mandarin oranges; they come in a lot of liquid, and that would be too much for this salad. The crushed pineapple doesn’t so it’s okay, BUT if you use chopped pineapple or a fruit in a lot of liquid you want to drain it.

Mandarin Orange Salad


If you have followed our site for any amount of time you know we love fluff salads.


This salad goes great with just about any potluck. Yes, it’s a “dessert” style salad but it is still served on the table with everything else.


Can I make my own whipped cream?

No, that won’t work the same in this recipe, it’s best to use coolwhip.

My family doesn’t like coconut, can I leave it out?



We just store this in a tupperware container in the fridge. We like to make it the day of, or the night before.

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Mandarin Orange Salad

Anne Walkup

This Mandarin Orange Salad is so easy to make, comes together really quickly and it’s delicious. If you love fluff salads this one is a great addition to any meal. It’s the perfect potluck dish or a side dish for any holiday gathering.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

  • 1 8 ounce container of cool whip
  • 1 3.4 ounce box of vanilla instant pudding, dry (do not make the pudding just add the dry mix)
  • 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped green or red seedless grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Keyword Mandarin Orange Salad

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