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This recipe for Orange Pineapple Fluff Salad was originally posted in June, 2013. The photos were updated in October, 2017.
I’m always looking for new ideas for quick and easy side dishes, and this one is delicious! The Orange Pineapple Fluff Salad pairs perfectly with ham or other meat on a dinner table, holiday brunch spread, or even as a light dessert.
Have you ever tried a classic Watergate Salad? It’s a sweet dish that’s a pale shade of green — thanks to the pistachio pudding mix that’s combined with fruit, Cool Whip, and other tasty ingredients.
The original Watergate Salad inspired this orange-pineapple twist, largely because I was looking for an alternative to that strong pistachio flavor. My kids just don’t always love that taste, so this mild vanilla-based version has been a HUGE hit!
As someone who loves a sweet-and-savory combination, I think this fluff salad pairs perfectly with roasted turkey or carved ham for dinner. It reminds me of the ambrosia salad that I grew up with!
Best of all, it’s easy and versatile! I consider a bowl of this Orange Pineapple Fluff Salad the perfect potluck food — because everyone loves it and it goes with just about anything! Plus, you can prepare this fluff salad in advance and just keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. It makes parties, holidays, or quick weeknight dinners so darn easy!
I served this on our Easter table this year because the sweet salad was a perfect contrast to the salty Kite’s Country Ham that we enjoyed with biscuits. The salad is a special and fun way for the kids to eat their fruit, too! And if a sweet fruit salad isn’t your “thing” for dinner, then it’s also a great brunch option or a light and refreshing dessert. See what I mean? It’s versatile and appropriate for just about any occasion!
Ways To Serve This Orange Pineapple Fluff Salad;
- Serve with roast ham or other roast meats
- Serve as part of a holiday brunch spread
- Serve as a light dessert or snack
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Orange Pineapple Fluff Salad
- 1 11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple in juice, NOT drained
- 1 pkg. 3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 cup mini-marshmallows
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 ½ cups frozen whipped topping such as Cool Whip, thawed
- Stir together first 5 ingredients in large bowl until well blended.
- Gently fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate 1 hour.
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