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20 Vintage Fluff Salad Recipes

Add a retro touch to your holiday dinner or summer potluck with this collection of fluff salad recipes. There are unique flavors for every occasion and they’re so easy to make!

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What Is A Fluff Salad?

Who says that salads have to be made with lettuce?

Fluff salads are made with different combinations of sweet ingredients such as fruit and jello that are blended with “fluffy” ingredients like Cool Whip, cream cheese, instant pudding mix, and marshmallows.

For me, these vintage jello fluff recipes have me feeling like I’m back in Granny’s kitchen, eating spoonful after spoonful of her desserts. I love the added sweetness that the fruit brings to each and every bite. Just about every Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter dinner I can remember featured on of these fluff salad recipes!

The best part about making fluff salad recipes is that they’re all unique in flavor and quite often fun in color. These recipes for fluff salad are perfect for picnics, BBQs, tailgates, and more. And they are so versatile…these fluff recipes can be a side dish! A salad! A dessert!

Now you can make one of these favorite dishes from your childhood with these simple recipes. Talk about a blast from the past!

What Do You Need To Make a Fluff Salad?

One of the great things about fluffs and jello recipes is that you don’t need a lot of tools or equipment to make them! But these are some of the kitchen supplies that I like to have on hand for when I get a craving to make a favorite fluff recipe.

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  • Large Bowl For both mixing and serving.
  • Maraschino Cherries A cherry on top is the perfect finishing touch!
  • Jello Mixes It’s always good to have assorted flavors of Jello on hand because it is a key ingredient in many of these fluff recipes!

20 Fluff Salad Recipes You’ll Love

To view the full ingredients list and instructions for each recipe, simply tap on the recipe name or photo.


bowl of green pistachio fluff.

Old-Fashioned Watergate Salad Recipe  – This vintage fluff salad recipe goes by many names: Pistachio Delight, Pistachio Fluff, Green Fluff, and even Green Goop. But no matter what you call it, that creamy pistachio flavor is irresistible! And this is an easy recipe to make with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, pecans, and whipped topping!


bowl of cranberry fluff on wooden background.

Cranberry Fluff Salad This is a holiday classic! Tart fresh cranberries combined with creamy marshmallows and Cool Whip create a Christmas dish that has been on the holiday menu for generations.


Orange Fluff Salad Recipe  – Also known as Dreamsicle Salad, this sweet citrus fluff recipe is easy to whip up and tastes like the frozen popsicle favorite. Made with mandarin oranges, marshmallows, orange jello, cottage cheese and whipped topping…it’s the ultimate creamy dreamy salad!


mixing tropical fruit salad in a bowl with wooden spoon

Creamy Hawaiian Fruit Salad – A tropical blend of fruits, mini marshmallows, and coconut that is perfect for potlucks or the holiday dinner table.


bright green jello salad with pineapple

Lime Jello Salad – A creamy, dreamy dessert with tangy lime Jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, and whipped cream — just the way our Granny has made it for years!


a spoon of blueberry jello salad.

Blueberry Jello Salad – A sweet blueberry and jello dessert with a fluffy cream cheese topping. This decadent dessert salad tastes just like a slice of blueberry cheesecake!


slice of layered 7up jello salad with full pan in background

7-Up JELLO Salad Recipe – A beautifully layered dessert with a fruit-filled lime jello layer on the bottom and a creamy whipped layer on top. It’s been a family favorite for decades!


bowl of creamy grape salad with pecan topping

Creamy Grape Salad – Juicy red and green grapes folded into a creamy dressing and topped with crunchy pecans. This is a summer favorite, but it pairs well with holiday meals too!

frozen fruit salad sliced in half

Old Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad – Talk about the perfect sweet treat for a hot summer day! I love that you can use frozen fruit to whip up this awesome fruit salad. It’s the best way to cool down your tastebuds.

rainbow jello ribbon salad.

Rainbow Jello Ribbon Salad – Layers of colorful Jello and sour cream make this a show-stopping dessert for holiday meals or summer cookouts. It was my favorite as a kid!


bowl of Ambrosia salad made with rainbow marshmallows.

Ambrosia Salad – Ambrosia fruit salad is a traditional holiday recipe made with Cool Whip, canned fruit, coconut, and marshmallows. It’s sweet, creamy, light, and fluffy…and always a family favorite!


bowl of creamy pumpkin dip.

Pumpkin Fluff Dip – This dip-able fall favorite tastes like a fluffy version of pumpkin pie. Real pumpkin is blended with whipped topping and creamy cheese. Perfect for pairing with graham crackers, fruit slices, or vanilla wafers!


mug of hot cocoa dip surrounded by cookies and pretzels.

Hot Chocolate Dip – With just 3 ingredients, this fluffy, chocolate-y dessert dip is a breeze to whip up and it tastes just like a mug of hot cocoa. You can fold in your favorite hot chocolate toppings such as marshmallows and mini chocolate chips too.


bowl of sugar cookie dip with holiday sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Dip – This is a holiday favorite, made with real sugar cookie mix! Top this sweet and creamy mixture with Christmas sprinkles for a festive touch.


cheesecake dip with peppermints and chocolate chips.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Fluff – Creamy cheesecake batter loaded with chunks of chocolate and mint candy. It’s perfect for dipping your favorite Christmas cookies like our Christmas Sweeties Cookies or Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

slice of banana split fluff dessert.

Banana Split Fluff  – All the flavor of a classic banana split without a trip to the ice cream parlor. This fluff recipe is foolproof too!


keto cheesecake fluff in sundae dish.

Keto Cheesecake Fluff This delicious cheesecake dessert is actually low carb and sugar free! Talk about a win all around!

Pretzel pineapple salad

Pineapple Pretzel Salad – Sweet pineapple and crunchy pretzels in a fluffy salad…what’s not to love?! It’s the ultimate sweet and salty combo!


strawberry fluff dip in a bowl, surrounded by fruit to look like a flower.

Easy Strawberry Fluff Salad – When it comes to simple and delicious, it really doesn’t get any better than this. Strawberry fans will agree that one bite of this sweet dessert dip is never enough!


no bake oreo dessert in a bowl.

No Bake Oreo Fluff Recipe  – Who loves Oreos? Who also loves not having to turn on their oven to make a delicious dessert? If you answered yes to both of those questions, this Oreo dessert recipe is for you!


As you can see, any of these sweet fluff recipes will be perfect for any type of party, gathering, or dessert. Start at the top of the list and work your way down. You can easily make them all!

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