Lemon Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic.

 

What is Jello Salad?

 

Jell-O salad (also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a salad made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or more rarely, other vegetables.

Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels.

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic.

 

I love jello and I know that someone out there, most likely Cade is totally rolling their eyes because I am a grown woman, but it’s the truth and I’m sticking to it.

 

Is Jello Salad Healthy?

Aside from being a tasty low-calorie snack, Jello is good for weight loss in other ways.

The main way is that it helps weight loss is by regulating blood sugar.

In fact, gelatin has been used as a remedy for diabetes for over 100 years!

 

 

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic. ohsweetbasil.com

 

Is Jello Salad a Dessert or a Side?

Do you think of jello dishes as desserts/treats or as salads?

Whenver it is served with whipped cream and marshmallows, it is a dessert.

If it is served with tons of fruit added, it can be called a “fruit salad.”

 

 

It’s more than just a regular jello salad dish, and yes, I realize it should probably be a dessert, but we did in fact serve it as a side dish when I was little so I serve it as a side today as well. The orange jello is actually made with frozen orange juice which gives it more flavor and thickens the jello up a little.

 

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic.

 

My favorite part was the lemon topping which is just a lemon pudding mixture, and I have to say, it’s so important that you remember to use instant pudding powder and not the cook and serve. It wont set up the same so make sure you buy the correct box.

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic. ohsweetbasil.com

 

In the orange jello, and this was for sure my second favorite part, there are little mandarin oranges floating around. Our kids love mandarin oranges so this jello is now one of their favorite recipes as well.

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic. ohsweetbasil.com

 

 

I’m curious, how many of you grew up with jello on your dinner table or at holiday meals?

 

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic. ohsweetbasil.com

Lemon Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

Lemon Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Box (6 ounce) Orange Jello
  • 3 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1/2 12 ounce Can Dole Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1 1/2 11 ounce Cans Dole Mandarin Oranges, almost completely drained and divided
  • 1 3.4 Ounce Box Instant lemon pudding
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 8 ounce Container Cool Whip

Directions:

  1. Mix the boiling water with the jello in a 9×13″ pan until all of the granules are dissolved.
  2. Add the frozen concentrate and 1 can mandarin oranges with whatever juice is remaining and stir to combine.
  3. Place in the fridge until set, about 3 hours.
  4. In a bowl, combine pudding and milk until thick.
  5. Fold in the whipped topping and spread on the jello salad.
  6. Place remaining oranges on top as garnish and chill for about 20-30 minutes until set.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12-16, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 105 Calories
  • Total Fat: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 12.3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 16.9g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sugar: 13.8g
  • Protein: 2.2g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

I grew up with this lemon mandarin orange jello salad at almost every single Thanksgiving and though I skip the shredded carrots this is a classic.

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.