5 Minute Fluff Salad - NumsTheWord
Support Nums - Amazon Affiliate Link

5 Minute Fluff Salad

5 minute fluff salad long
5 minute fluff salad

Are you ever in a pinch and need a quick side dish?

This 5 minute fluff salad is the perfect solution.

My Mother-in-law is always tossing together quick fruit salads using what fresh fruits she has on hand.  They are always tasty and easy!

This is one of those types of salads.

Rather than using a bunch of fresh fruit that you have on hand, this uses canned fruits that you most likely have in the pantry.

All you need is 5 ingredients and 5 minutes!

This is one of those quick emergency side dishes that everyone will love!

This post contains Amazon affiliate links as a free service for you!

5 Minute Fluff Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 6 ounces (1/2 jar) of Maraschino Cherries, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip (or less) (or 2 cups real whipped cream)


  1. In a serving bowl combine drained oranges, drained pineapple, drained and chopped maraschino cherries & marshmallows. Gently mix.
  2. Add Cool Whip and gently fold until combined.
  3. Serve immediately.


Items recommended for this recipe include…

Another Recipe We Think You’ll Love…

Chicken Tamale Bowls

Chicken Tamale Bowls

22 thoughts on “5 Minute Fluff Salad

    • Janie, it is VERY similar to ambrosia salad but without the coconut. I can’t quite call it ambrosia salad without it as that would be a bit misleading to those who have had it. But you are right, it is almost identical to ambrosia! It’s a classic dish that never gets old! I hope you liked it!

    • Sharon that is a great idea! This salad is so easy that you can literally use whatever you have in your pantry! Thank you so much for your suggestion, I’m sure others will take advantage of your insight!

  1. Early 1960’s our version used sour cream instead of cool whip. – don’t think cool whip had been invented yet, but the sour cream makes for a better side dish because it’s not so sweet.

    • GASP! Cut out the sugar?! Don’t you know my business cards say my title is Sugar Addict?! 🙂 Using sour cream is something I never would have thought to do! Another idea is to make real whipped cream but leave out the sugar and add a teaspoon of vanilla. Thank you for the tip! I love when readers share ideas with me!

      • That’s great! For anyone looking for a less sweet version (since the fruit provides natural sweetness) sour cream would be a great alternative! Thanks for letting us know!

  2. Yaayy!! Finally trying this side dish for Christmas Dinner.Cant wait to see how it tastes.Im thinking on making it the sames way but some red food coloring and more cherries like a cheery Salad.😋

    • Ohh I love the idea of more cherries! I think that by adding in the extra cherries it will automatically add the red color you’re looking for! My family loves this recipe and I hope yours does too! Thanks so much for leaving this comment, you’ve made my day!

    • Hi Marilyn! I do not know how many calories. There are several amazing apps and websites that can count them for you if you’re keeping track! Thanks for your comment!

  3. I wonder what it’d be like with yogurt instead of sour cream if it works well with sour cream? Only ingredient I don’t have is the Cool whip. SO I am looking for a substitute.

    • Hi Ange! Well my first substitution for this salad is always real whipped cream. However if you don’t have that on hand then I’d use a plain or vanilla yogurt. Your salad wont have the “fluff” that the cool whip brings but it will still taste great! Enjoy!

  4. I make this salad, but I also boil and cool Ditalini pasta and add to it. Makes for a delicious salad and stretches it to serve more people also. So many have asked what the secret ingredient is and are pleasantly surprised to find it is pasta.

  5. I love this salad and it brings back wonderful childhood memories. This salad and canned cranberries as well as green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup leave the food snobs in horror but make me smile….They are as much about the holidays as the turkey or the ham. Thanks for reminding me of the recipe.

  6. My family doesn’t like mandarin oranges so can something like canned peaches be substituted? If so, would they go be the pineapple & what other fruit go along with pineapple? ☺

Leave a Comment