Fruit Fluff Salad

Hello friends, I am sharing a yummy salad that is perfect for any spring, summer, Easter, 4th of July, BBQ or picnic you are attending or celebrating. This Fruit Fluff Salad is just that, its fluffy, light, and packed with delicious flavor. My mom makes this salad and so I got it from her, and its a family favorite. My little boys especially love this salad, in fact they call it “Candy Salad” I figured if I titled it candy salad that no one would be interested, no one would want to pin it, and everyone would think “how un-healthy!” that said there are marshmallows in this salad (insert big gritted teeth and shrugged shoulders) so its not uber healthy, but you will just have to get over it, and enjoy this tasty salad. Mmmm-kay.

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– 1 large (largest size made) container of cool whip (make sure its frozen, or slightly defrosted)

– 2 cans of pineapple tidbits

– 3 small cans of mandarin oranges

– 1 small “standard” package of orange jello

– 1 and 1/2 container of reduced fat cottage cheese (the largest containers)

– 1 1/2 cup of mini pastel marshmallows (I eyeball the marshmallows)

Directions: (serves 12-18)

In a large bowl combine cottage cheese and the package of orange jello powder, mix these two together really well. Next add in your semi thawed semi frozen cool whip (if its fully thawed then the salad won’t set up when chilled in the fridge) mix the cool whip in real well. Then drain your canned fruit really well and add all cans of fruit. Be sure to fold the fruit in, making sure you don’t destroy the mandarin oranges. Once the fruit is all mixed in, you can fold in your marshmallows. Smooth out the top of your bowl, wipe down the inside top edges for a clean look (optional, OCD here) cover it and let it chill in your fridge for at least 2 hours or more. Enjoy.

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You and your family, (especially your kids) will love this Fruit Fluff Salad. Mmmm Mmmm GOOOOD!

Thanks for stopping by as always.




  1. I love this salad. I’ve had it before but not known the recipe. Thanks for sharing. I have one question though, what size Jello box do you use? The small or large.

  2. I would like to make this for the girls home I work for. I would have to make it for 30-40 people and would be using the #10 cans. Do you have the measurements for that?

    • Hi Karen, I don’t but I would just maybe do everything but perhaps use 4 to 5 of everything to stretch it. Its pretty easy and goof proof too. jen

  3. About how many servings is this recipe?

  4.' Mary Lee says:

    Instead of using jello, I have used instant pudding mix. I like pistascio. I’m going to try using plain yogurt instead of the cottage cheese.

    • Hi Mary Lee, The cottage cheese helps it thicken and gives it more texture. I believe just yogurt would make it runny. Good luck though, let me know. Jen

  5.' Mary Jane says:

    This looks perfect to add to my Easter dinner with those beautiful pastel colours. It looks even more flavourful than My mil’s ambrosia. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Hi Mary Jane, its very delicious, light and so pretty for Easter. Enjoy and Have a lovely Holiday. Jen

  6. how much yogurt did you use?

  7.' Melissa says:

    I really don’t like cottage cheese. Any suggestions for a substitute? Someone suggested yogurt and you said it would be runny. What about greek yogurt or pudding?

    •' Melissa says:

      Also, do you think I could use real whipping cream. I don’t like the non-dairy stuff.

    • Melissa, perhaps vanilla pudding, that said, I don’t know how it would set up.

    • Melissa: You might try it with the cottage cheese just once, we make a similar salad to this for our family holidays and there are several people that don’t like cottage cheese but love the salad, you can’t really taste the cottage cheese itself but it does give texture to the salad.

  8.' pinerest says:

    so u said u sub vanilla yogurt but then told someone just yogurt would make it runny. so which is it?

  9. How many oz of cottage cheese

  10. Please reply with actual quantities of ingredients (ounces). I Want to make sure I’m using appropriate “larger container”

  11. Can you use crushed pineapple instead of the tidbits?

    • Hi Connie, you can, but I don’t think it will thicken it as much. That said, it would still be tasty. Jen-COM

  12. Instead of cottage cheese’ I use equal amounts of sour cream and cool whip! It’s very tasty! I don’t use jello! I add coconut

  13. I had a hard time finding pineapple tidbits. Are they similar to pineapple chunks? I hope so because that’s what I bought.

  14. gonna try this today, thanks

  15. Seriously…some of these replies…did you never have a jello salad before??
    1-there is NO yogurt
    2-pineapple tidbits are much smaller than chunks & found in the same area on the shelf

    • Mary, Ha! I kinda agree. Thanks, jen

    • small curd is best no one will taste it,if you canlt find tidbits cut and drain the chunks , this is so simple go by what jen says!!!

    • Mary, seriously….I am in CA and my two major grocery stores don’t carry pineapple tidbits. Keep in mind, depending what area you are in their largest containers may be your medium. I do live in a large city and still no tidbits.

  16. what is cool whip? I don’t think you can buy that in Australia, what would you use instead?

    • Hi Sharon, It won’t work with out coolwhip that is what makes it have ths sweet light fluff to it. So sorry. jen

  17.' nichole says:

    Cool whipp is a whipped cream or whipped topping. Made by craft. Aus will have something similar

  18. what size of can – small or large – for the pineapple tidbits ?
    Thank you !

    • Hi Dianna,
      It depends on the amount of people you will be serving. I would start with large and eyeball it. Thanks, jen

  19.' Rebekah's says:

    Do the pastel marshmallows have any different flavor than just the regular marshmallows? I know the pastel would look much prettier but I was just wondering because I already have the plain marshmallows.

  20. I was going to make this and I opened the cottage cheese and realized it was almost gone. So I used cream cheese with about 2 maybe 3 tbsp of the pineapple juice so it was easy to mix with a fork and it turned out great! Just forthose looking to substitute.

  21. Could you take off the OCD here phrase. I actually have OCD so it bothers me when people who don’t have it say that they have it.
    Thank you very much

  22. what time of cottage cheese did you use…large curd or small curd…..Light , low fat etc.???

  23. Jen… wow. Just wow. I just read all these comments and frankly was appalled at some of them! You posted an amazing sounding recipe with great instructions (that were quite clear and easy to follow). And then the comments started. You have remained remarkably calm and collected throughout. Kudos to you!! This is in fact your blog and your post. You are in fact doing a great job! Thanks for posting these yummy recipes. And thanks for taking the time to reply to these comments, some of which made me roll my eyes and laugh out loud. I just wanted to tell you that you are appreciated! So be encouraged! 🙂

    • Thanks Melanie, It’s to bad that so many can be so negative. I have to wonder if these same people would speak that honestly to my face, or that they just feel the can behind a screen. Anyway, thanks for the support, its a delicious light and tasty salad. xo jen

      • Really looking forward to this recipe! I’m planning on fixing this tomorrow for a small group meeting, but am seriously contemplating hiding it in the fridge and “forgetting” to set it out so I can have it all to myself! 🙂 Thanks again!

    • Thank you Melanie for this post . ..I did several eye rolls myself…you know, one of the first things I learned in school was to always read the directions first…

    • I’m not negative but size & amounts Does Matter! You put cans, but n size , no we’re not anal, it helps. Thank you

  24. Jen-
    Thanks so much for this! We make a similar salad (which my family has dubbed “pink sh*t” with Cherry jello but I am looking forward to making this for Easter, I think it’ll be a fun spring addition!

    • Hi Sherry, HA HA! love it. Well this version is delish, and I hope you all enjoy it, Happy early Easter. jen

  25.' Joan Foust says:

    Cool whip comes in a variety of sizes. I am hoping you are talking about the largest size which is 16 oz, along with the 4 oz size of orange jello and the 24 oz of cottage cheese. I am terrible at guessing what people are meaning….I am making right now and can’t wait to test it with my Bunco ladies tonight!


  26. Hi Jen,
    This look amazing and a perfect salad to go with my Easter dinner. We have one family member who is VERY allergic to coconut and Cool Whip is made with coconut oil. I am hoping to make whipped cream from scratch and use that instead. It can be slightly frozen ahead of time I believe and then used. I’m just wondering if anyone has tried it with real whipped cream and if so how it turned out?


    • jencraftomaniac. says:

      Hello Maria,

      I am sure if you make it yourself and let it chill up that it would be great. Have a wonderful Easter holiday. jen

  27. I’m so excited about making this for Easter. I think it’s going to beautiful in a trifle dish. How far in advance can I prepare? I’m nervous if I do it the night before that the marshmallows might dissolve? Thoughts?

    • jencraftomaniac. says:

      Hi Erin, in a trifle dish will be very pretty. I say do it tonight right before bed, or first thing in the morning and let is chill before your lunch/dinner etc. jen

  28. Jenn, Thanks for this recipe. I am trying it this Easter! Theresa

  29. Is this salad sweet or does the cottage cheese take away from that? I really want to make this but I need a little reassurance that your can’t taste the cottage cheese flavor (lol). (I also panic every time I make Hawaiian salad with sour cream….no matter how many times I make it…I just feel “wrong” Lol! )

    • jencraftomaniac. says:

      Its sweet, the cottage cheese acts as a thickener and gives it more texture.. its perfect. jen

  30. Gonna try it for Easter. Sounds good and looks yummy!

  31. Could you make this a day ahead?

  32.' Mary Hodges says:

    Can you make this one day ahead? Didn’t know if it changes since the cool whip will be thawed by tomorrow for Easter lunch.

    • jencraftomaniac. says:

      Hi Mary, Yes’ if you make it the night before and regrigerate it, its even better…because it sets up more. jen

  33. Can I make this and leave it in the fridge overnight and still have it good to use the next day or will it be soggy? Thanks

  34. Some actual quantities in parenthesis for these various containers would be very, very helpful. I’m trying to half the recipe and substitute green grapes for the pinapple. Additionally, I have a large container of mandarin oranges, so I’m left having to guess on many of the ingredient amounts.

    • jencraftomaniac. says:

      Hi Kendra, if you are trying to change it up, then I can’t exactly tell you how much, since I use cans. Its also to be a sweet orange like flavor, so I donn’t know how grapes would work. The pinnapple and mandarin oranges are perfect together.

  35. I made this today for Easter, turned out great! I thought the quantities, descriptions and directions were easy to follow… And I’m far from a gear chef! Thanks! To all the comments above, just wow! Good job answering them all!

  36.' Ethel Minge says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a more disgusting recipe. I’m almost tempted to try it.

  37. Hello! Have you ever tried to cut this recipe in half?! I want to try so I don’t have so much leftover! If I cut the ingredients in half, would it be OK to still use a whole box of orange jello? Or would you eyeball half of the powder? Thanks!

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  39. Great recipe! I made it for our Easter egg hunt and it was a huge hit–thanks!

    For those wondering about amounts, here’s what I used and it turned out great:
    -a 20-oz can of pineapple tidbits
    – (2) 11-oz cans of mandarin oranges
    – 24 oz of cottage cheese
    – 16 oz cool whip
    – 3 oz box of orange jell-O
    – about half of a 10 oz bag of mini fruit flavored marshmallows

    Wegmans had everything for those who have one nearby. I’m sure you can use different variations of these amounts but this worked out nicely.

    • FINALLY!! Exact measurements for this recipe. Thank you so much.

      • I also find it very odd exact measurements weren’t provided! It makes it very difficult to follow a recipe.

        • jencraftomaniac. says:

          The measurments, are basically a container, a box, etc. You don’t even use measuring cups for this recipe. It’s very easy.

          • I’m assuming the folks who needed exact measurements are people who visit McDonald’s frequently. It’s sad that people can’t use critical thinking skills to make a recipe.

  40. I love this ! My mom makes this without the cottage cheese and jello. Just fruit, marshmallows and cool whip. She also adds chopped almonds or walnuts to sprinkle on top!

  41. Hi there! I actually chilled ALL ingredients (including canned fruits and marshmallows) overnight. It didn’t matter that the cool whip was thawed… everything set up very nice immediately after preparing! And I also used a large orange jello, I think that helps with the setting up also. It was delicious and a big hit at our family dinner! Thanks for the recipe 😄

    • jencraftomaniac. says:

      Hi Christina, Awesome! I am so glad it was a hit with the fam. Thank you for sharing, jen

  42. Would this turn out as good with fruit cocktail

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