Orange Sherbet Jello Salad

Sweet and fluffy with mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple this Orange Sherbet Jello Salad recipe is delightful!

Super sweet, light orange jello salad with sherbet that tastes like an orange push-pop in a white serving bowl with a spoon on a colorful napkin

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our Mandarin Orange Pie and Dreamsicle Cake.

Orange Sherbet Jello Salad Recipe

Each bite of Orange Jello Salad with Sherbet reminds you of a cross between a push-pop and creamsicle popsicle. The Cool Whip adds more of a fluffy texture to the pieces of pineapple and mandarin oranges that you taste in the Jello.

Partially congealed, the consistency of this Jello dessert salad is unique. If you leave out the Cool Whip it could be poured in a Jello mold to set-up. We like the fluffier consistency that whipped topping provides.

Much sweeter than our Orange Delight which is made with cottage cheese and more of a speciality than the common Orange Jello Salad the sherbet adds a unique twist.

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Serving spoon in partially set orange sherbet salad with Cool Whip and a silver serving spoon handle sticking out

A similar very sweet and memorable dish is our Cherry Coke Jello Salad.

Why This Recipe Works

  • So many of us remember the Jello salads grandma and mom used to make and this is a spin on a classic vintage recipe
  • Will fit in any decorative dish or plain bowl, so no Jello mold is needed
  • Popular at the holidays as a side dish or dessert

Ingredients Needed:

  • Mandarin Oranges – add to the visual interest of other orange ingredients and are enjoyable to eat.
  • Crushed Pineapple – adds a citrus twist and provides more juice for the gelatin to dissolve into.
  • Orange Jello – the name brand or a generic gelatin work fine.
  • Orange Sherbet – adds a little more sweetness to the recipe and gives the recipe its name.
  • Whipped Topping – Cool Whip or the name brand are fine, just defrost in the fridge per the directions on the container.
Sherbet salad ingredients are Cool Whip, crushed pineapple, orange sherbet, orange gelatin and mandarin oranges laying on a wooden countertop

Step By Step Instructions

Drain mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple and take care to reserve the juices.

Crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges in a strainer with juices draining into a white bowl

Put the juice in a liquid measuring cup and add enough water to make 2 cups.

Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until boiling.

Orange gelatin dissolving in boiling fruit juice in a sauce pan

Then add orange gelatin and stir until dissolved.

Pour into a medium to large size mixing bowl to help cool slightly and make for more ingredients.

Add orange sherbet and stir until dissolved.

A pint of orang sherbet being stirred into orange gelatin mixture

Refrigerate for about 20 – 30 minutes until mixture becomes syrupy.

Add drained fruit and chill about an hour until partially set.

Crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges being stirred into orange gelatin with a wooden spoon

Fold in whipped topping and chill for 30 – 60 minutes until set.

Cool Whip added to partially congealed orange sherbet jello salad with fruit in a mixing bowl

Once the color is uniform chill and enjoy!

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • 1 pint of orange sherbet is equal to 2 cups
  • Once the Cool Whip is mixed in and salad is refrigerated it will semi congeal, so make sure it is in the serving container of your preference
  • Garnish with mandarin oranges and mint leaves if desired
Mandarin oranges garnishing a fluffy orange sherbet jello salad with crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges on a colorful napkin

Storage and Shelf Life

Store covered or in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 1 – 2 days for best results.

This Jello salad fluff does not freeze well as the integrity of the ingredients will change during the defrosting process.

More Unique Vintage Recipes:

Lime Jello Salad has cottage cheese and is hands down our most popular Jello salad!

5 Cup Salad aka Ambrosia Salad from my friend Kate at the Gift of Hospitality

Cranberry Mold is super popular on the Thanksgiving table!

Cool, creamy and sweet orange jello salad with sherbet in a white serving bowl

Orange Sherbet Jello Salad

Servings 8 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Sweet and fluffy with mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple this Orange Sherbet Jello Salad recipe is delightful!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 6 ounces orange gelatin
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 2 cups orange sherbet or 1 pint


  • Drain oranges and pineapple, reserving liquid.
  • Add enough water to the fruit juice to equal 2 cups. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Dissolve gelatin in boiling liquid and remove pan from the heat.
  • Pour into a medium mixing bowl and stir in sherbet until melted.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until syrupy – about 20 minutes.
  • Add drained fruit and chill until partially set.
  • Fold in container of Cool Whip and enjoy!


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 2gSugar: 48gVitamin A: 464IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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