Fluffy Lemon Jello Salad
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Lemon Jello Salad (aka Lemon Fluff Dessert) is light, smooth and velvety. It melts in your mouth like mousse. This tangy dessert can be molded, sliced into squares, or spooned into cups. Serve it with whipped cream and raspberries for an extra special side dish. Perfect for barbecues, potlucks, and parties.
I’m a big fan of those jello fruit salads at potlucks. You know, the kind that’s more like a dessert than a side dish. But you put it on your plate anyway like it’s a green salad, pasta salad, or potato salad.
I typically make my jello salads with fruit, cottage cheese, and whipped topping. It’s spoonable and makes a lot. Which is great to feed a crowd.
This tangy lemon jello salad dessert is the perfect variation for the lemon lovers, like myself.
Lemon Jello Salad aka Lemon Fluff
This lemon jello salad is smooth, velvety, and light, like mousse. It’s super easy to make with only four to five ingredients: lemon jello, lemon pudding, water (+ ice), and whipped topping.
There are no chunks of fruit (or cottage cheese) in this jello salad, although it’s delicious topped with some fresh berries.
With two kinds of lemon mixes, it’s super tangy, so a little extra whipped cream on top is a great way to eat it. Or you can eat it plain — like you would ice cream or pudding — for that creamy, melt-in-your-mouth factor.
Will this Jello salad work in a mold?
The combination of lemon jello, lemon pudding, and whipped topping makes the texture of this lemon jello salad light and fluffy, yet solid. It’s definitely sturdy enough to put in a mold or 13×9-inch pan to slice into squares for serving.
I personally enjoy scooping it up with a spoon and seeing that fluffy mousse-like texture.
Other Notes and Recommendations:
- This jello salad is extremely versatile – Alter this recipe with any jello and pudding to create the flavor of your liking. *If you can’t find lemon pudding for this recipe, I would go with vanilla or cheesecake pudding.
- To make a lighter/lower calorie jello salad simply use sugar-free jello and pudding, and light whipped topping.
- Want to add fresh fruit? If you want fruit inside the lemon jello salad, simply fold it in with the whipped topping.
More Sweet Salad Recipes:
If you’re loving this recipe, here are some more sweet side dish salads to choose from:
- Strawberry Cheesecake Salad – is loaded with cream cheese, jello pudding, yogurt, fresh strawberries, and whipped topping then sprinkled with a graham cracker crust. It’s a delicious potluck salad, fluff salad, or decadent fruit salad that doubles as a dessert.
- Frog Eye Salad – is a creamy, fruity, dessert pasta salad that feeds a crowd. Made easy with vanilla pudding (no eggs), whipped topping, acini di pepe pasta, pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut, and marshmallows.
- Raspberry Fluff Salad – is the jello salad that everyone loves! With only 4-ingredients and 5 minutes prep, this is the perfect sweet side dish for your next potluck, picnic, or BBQ!
- Orange Fluff Fruit Salad – sweet and creamy like an orange creamsicle with chunks of mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, and shredded coconut.
- Strawberry Pretzel Salad – a layered dessert with a sweet and salty pretzel crust, layer of no bake cheesecake, all topped with a fruit filled strawberry jello.
- 1 large (6oz) box lemon jello (or 2 small 3oz boxes)
- 1 large (4.3oz) box cook 'n serve lemon pudding (or instant)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 16 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Whipped Cream
- Fresh Raspberries
- Whisk together the lemon jello and cook & serve lemon pudding in a medium saucepan. Whisk in water.
- Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and becomes more translucent. (About 5 minutes total.)
- Remove from heat and stir in the ice cubes until melted. Pour mixture into a large heatproof bowl and cool in the refrigerator until slightly thickened, and lukewarm to the touch; about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and fold or gently whisk in the whipped topping until smooth and combined. Can leave the mixture in the same bowl, or pour it into a mold, or 13x9-inch pan. Smooth top with spatula.
- Return jello salad to refrigerator to chill and set up completely; about 2 hours. Serve with extra whipped cream and fresh raspberries, if desired.
- Cook & Serve pudding is preferred, but Instant should also work.
- Can substitute lemon pudding with vanilla or cheesecake.
- If adding fresh fruit, fold in with whipped topping.