Yum Yum Salad (Amish Salad Recipe)

bowl of Amish jello salad

Orange Jello Salad Recipe

Amish yum yum salad is a refreshing and yummy side dish. It’s a unique, creamy jello dish that seems more like a dessert than a salad.

But you will often find jello salads on the table at Amish gatherings. And they are usually served as a side dish with the first course.

The Amish don’t serve lots of different dishes with every meal. But whenever there is a gathering, you can expect a feast with lots of sides and desserts.

They love good food as much as any of us. And the women have no problem creating a delicious and filling home-cooked meal on any day of the week.

When serving guests, a typical meal will usually consist of some kind of potatoes, meat, a vegetable, salad (such as layered lettuce salad, broccoli cauliflower salad, or cole slaw), jello salad, homemade bread or rolls, and dessert. And possibly a side dish of buttered noodles as well.

yum yum salad

Jello Salad or Dessert?

I have often wondered why creamy jello dishes are called jello salad. Salad is supposed to be healthy, right? And I don’t know who decided to call this not-so-healthy dish a salad and serve it as a side dish.

But seriously, it goes well as a side dish with the first course. And I never turn it down, because it’s just that good!

I mean, you get to eat dessert with the first and second course. And if we’re being honest, most of us love dessert.

But you can feel free to call this yum yum jello dish a salad or a dessert. And it doesn’t matter if you eat it as a side, dessert, or afternoon snack. It’s delicious! So just enjoy it, no matter what you decide to call it.

Orange Jello Salad Recipe or Strawberry Jello Salad Recipe

This yum yum salad recipe can easily be made into different flavors.

Simply use orange jello to make orange jello salad or substitute it with strawberry jello to make strawberry jello salad. Or you can use whatever flavor you prefer, as long as it pairs well with pineapple.

How to Make Orange Yum Yum Salad

This yum yum jello salad is very easy to make and does not take very long to put together. However, you will need to allow a few hours for the jello to set.

Place the water, sugar, and pineapple into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about five minutes. Then remove it from the heat and add the jello. Stir until dissolved and cool.

If you’re in a hurry to get this finished, you can set your pan of jello into a bowl of ice water. It helps to speed up the cooling process.

But you’ll need to wait to add it to the creamy mixture until it is well chilled and starting to jel. And then it will probably still need at least two hours in the refrigerator to finish setting.

(Note: The other day I made the jello part and set it in the fridge to cool. Something else came up, and I couldn’t finish it on the same day. So I covered the jello mixture and left it in the fridge overnight. It was completely set before I got to add it to the creamy part. But it still worked fine.)

For the creamy part, beat the cream cheese and add heavy whipping cream. Mix on low and scrape the sides of the bowl. Then increase the speed and whip until thickened.

After the cream has thickened, add the jello mixture and beat until well combined. Chill until firm.

cooked pineapple mixture and orange jello
orange-pineapple-jello-heavy-cream-and-cream cheese

Heavy Whipping Cream or Cool Whip?

I prefer heavy whipping cream over Cool Whip in almost any recipe. But if you prefer Cool Whip, you can substitute it for the heavy cream.

And Cool Whip is a bit more stabilized than whipping cream. So if you’re taking this jello dish to an outdoor picnic, where it might be sitting in the heat for a while, using Cool Whip might be a better choice.

But do not overbeat after adding the Cool Whip since it will get runny if beaten too long. You may want to gently fold the jello mixture into the creamy part instead of beating it.

orange yum yum jello salad

Orange Fluff Salad

In one of my Amish cookbooks, there’s a recipe that’s almost exactly like this yum yum salad, but it’s called orange fluff salad. And it includes mandarin oranges.

So if you like mandarin oranges, feel free to add a can of well-drained mandarin oranges. I would fold them in at the end.

If you like this Yum Yum Salad with Jello, perhaps you’d also like to try my Layered Ribbon Jello Salad Recipe

And I’m leaving a couple of affiliate links to jello molds in case you’re interested. The Amish (at least when I was growing up) love to put jello salads into pretty molds to make them look fancy.

orange yum yum salad in cup and bowl

Yum Yum Jello Salad Recipe

Yum Yum Salad is a refreshing and creamy jello salad side dish that's often served at Amish gatherings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Chill 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Amish
Servings 10
Calories 258 kcal


  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 c. water
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 box (6 oz.) orange jello
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 c. heavy whipping cream


  • Place pineapple, water, and sugar into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Stir occasionally, and boil for 5 minutes.
    1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained, 2 c. water, 1/3 c. sugar
  • Remove from the heat and add the gelatin powder. Stir until dissolved.
    1 box (6 oz.) orange jello
  • Chill the gelatin mixture until it begins to gel.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese then add the whipping cream. Beat slowly until incorporated.
    1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened, 2 c. heavy whipping cream
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl, and increase speed to high. Beat until thickened and creamy.
  • Add the chilled gelatin mixture and mix until incorporated.
  • Place into a dish and chill until firm. Serve.
  • Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 or 6 days.


A couple of substitutions can be made. Use strawberry jello instead of orange jello if preferred.
And you can use Cool Whip instead of heavy whipping cream. Although, if using Cool Whip I recommend folding the gelatin mixture into the creamy part instead of beating it.
And if desired, you can fold in a can of well-drained mandarin oranges.
*Nutrition facts are approximate


Serving: 1servingCalories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 56mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 724IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Amish salad recipe, Orange Jello Salad Recipe, Yum Yum Salad
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2 thoughts on “Yum Yum Salad (Amish Salad Recipe)

  1. 5 stars
    I grew up with this!! BUT, we included the water from the Mandarin oranges (lg. jar!) in the water requirements for the Jello/gelatin, and we definitely used Cool Whip; right out of the fridge, it’s almost like a Creamsicle, which I never, actually, liked… but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! As a PS, at a picnic, since Cool Whip really hasn’t much dairy, it’s better for setting outdoors for a while, especially in warmer weather! Thank you for posting. I haven’t, actually tried strawberry (I wonder why not??? Hmmmm…) but I have a quart of fresh berries and I just might have to rectify that tomorrow!!! It will be wonderful, I’m sure!!!

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