|Mandarin and Pineapple fluff salad - a tropical delight!|
First and foremost, if you are tired of the same ol' whipped cream salads, then you are in for a real treat! This is such a lovely tropical variation of a fruit salad that the whole family will love. By the way, there are many versions of this salad out there on the interwebs. Some use tapioca, some use vanilla pudding, and some strange souls make this with cottage cheese. Um. We won't talk about them. We actually ended up making this twice, once with vanilla pudding when I couldn't locate tapioca at the store (a disaster of unspeakable proportions) and the second time following the exact directions with tapioca, which gave us the fluffy salad we were looking for. Here is what you will need. (full printable recipe at the bottom of the post)
1 box (3oz) orange jello
2 boxes (3oz) tapioca pudding mix
2 cups of water
1 16 oz can of mandarin oranges, drained
1 8 oz can of crushed pineapple
1 8 oz tub of cool whip (thawed)
In a medium pot, add 2 cups of water, one box of orange jello, and the 2 boxes of tapioca pudding and mix together. Cook on a little above medium heat stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. This will take between 5-10 minutes. Right before it boils you will see it noticeably thicken.
|keep stirring, you are trying to dissolve everything into a smooth consistency|
Pour this cooled mixture into your salad/serving bowl. Next add in your drained mandarin oranges and your crushed pineapple.
|Mandarin oranges are my girls' absolute favorite!|
Gently stir in the fruit until everything is combined nicely.
Now for the fun part: Flop the whole 8 oz container of cool whip and "fold" it into the fruit/pudding mixture. This will lighten up the color a bit and add that fluffy element that makes this so light and airy.
|fluffy fluffy fluffy goodness|
|Embrace the fluffiness|