At every family gathering, there is that one dish that you can always rely on being there. Grandma’s Famous Orange Salad is the much-anticipated delight everyone always gets excited about. Grammy knew best when she added mandarin oranges, pineapples, and bananas to an orange gelatin-sherbet combo to make a simple, yet always delicious treat. Grandma’s Famous Orange Salad is the ultimate comfort when it comes to dessert because, well, it’s homemade and it’s from grandma. Need we say more?!


  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained and juices reserved
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained and juices reserved
  • water, to taste
  • 1 (6-ounce) package orange gelatin
  • 1 pint orange sherbet, softened
  • 2 bananas, sliced


Step 1 –Add the reserved mandarin orange juice and the reserved pineapple juice to a large glass measuring cup.

Step 2 –Add enough of the water to the juices so that the mixture measures 2 cups.

Step 3 –In a saucepan, add the juice mixture and bring it to a boil, then transfer from the heat.

Step 4 –In a large heat-safe bowl, add the orange gelatin and the hot juice mixture and stir until the gelatin has dissolved.

Step 5 –Add the orange sherbet to the gelatin mixture and stir until it is smooth.

Step 6 –Transfer the gelatin mixture to the refrigerator and let it chill until it is partially set. Watch it carefully so that it doesn’t fully set.

Step 7 –Lightly grease enough small serving dishes or a 6-cup mold.

Step 8 –Add the mandarin oranges, the pineapples, and the sliced bananas to the partially set gelatin mixture and lightly fold to combine.

Also Read:  4-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Step 9 –Evenly divide the orange salad between the prepared serving dishes or pour it into the prepared mold.

Step 10 –Place the orange salad in the refrigerator and let it chill completely until it is firm.

Step 11 –Serve.