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Mandarin Cookie Salad Recipe

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"This yummy dessert is an all-time favorite with our family," says Karen Marcus of Renville, Minnesota. "I seldom bring home leftovers when I take it to potlucks or family gatherings. It's so easy, even the kids can make it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold buttermilk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) fudge-striped shortbread cookies, coarsely crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 439 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 507 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk the buttermilk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping and oranges. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Fold in crushed cookies. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Cookie Salad in Quick Cooking May/June 2003, p9

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 439 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 507 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Mandarin Cookie Salad

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

such a nice touch to the end of the meal. Just right and it is not filling. 5stars from our family.

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

This dessert salad is one of my favorites. It's easy to make and everyone likes it.

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

I have made this several times but always use non-fat or light for the buttermilk and whipped topping. A little bit healthier this way. This is more a dessert than a salad I think also.

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

I've been making this recipe for years. My first comment is that I always push to classify it, name it, as a dessert, not a salad. It is not a salad by any stretch of the imagination. But it is a delicious dessert that my family loves. I used to make it with butter pecan pudding but I can only find that now at an Amish market a bit away from my home, so I substitute either pistachio or vanilla pudding from the supermarket if I need to. I prefer it after it sits a day, to let the cookies soften. If you have not ever had this or a similar recipe, it is worth a try. The flavor combinations are awesome.

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