While this recipe for Orange Dreamsicle Salad is not a salad in the modern sense of the word, in 1950s America, it definitely would have been termed a salad. Whatever you want to call it, this recipe makes a huge bowl of fluffy, orange sweetness that the kids will love.
While modern minds think of salad as something that is largely made up of vegetables or fruits with a light dressing, back in the 1950s, sensibilities were different. Somehow, in the 1950s the word “salad” began to mean something entirely different. Due to the invention and marketing of commercial gelatin products, salads began to consist of a variety of different offerings, generally featuring a flavor of gelatin as a main ingredient in the recipe.
Orange Dreamsicle Salad Recipe
- Medium-Sized Saucepan
- Wire whisk
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Electric Mixer
- Rubber Spatula
- 1 box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding Mix do not use instant pudding
- 6 ounces Orange-Flavored Gelatin Mix
- 3 cups Water
- 16 ounces Thawed Whipped Topping
- 1 cup Miniature Marshmallows
- 30 ounces Mandarin Oranges
- In a medium-sized saucepan, mix together the gelatin mix and the vanilla pudding mix.
- Add the three cups of water to the mixes and use a whisk to combine them. Put the pot on the stove and heat it over medium heat until it boils, whisking it occasionally. Let it come to a full rolling boil and then remove the pot from the stove.
- Pour the gelatin and pudding mixture into a very large mixing bowl. You will want to use your largest bowl, even though the gelatin will not fill it up. Later on, you will be adding plenty of ingredients to the mixture to make a very large dish of orangey fluff. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate the gelatin mixture for three or four hours.
- After the time is up, use an electric mixer to beat the gelatin mixture. The mixture will go from a dull orange color to bright cheerful orange as you whip air into the gelatin. Beat it for about two minutes, moving the beaters around to ensure that all of it is whipped into a creamy mixture.
- Open the cans of mandarin oranges and drain all of the liquid from the fruit.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped topping, marshmallows, and mandarin oranges into the gelatin and pudding mixture. Chill the Orange Dreamscicle Salad for about an hour before you serve it in bowls with spoons.
- For best quality, make the salad the day that you intend to eat it. Store it covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. Sometimes the oranges will continue to release juices when it is stored for very long. The salad is still edible, but will simply be less appealing.