Cookie Salad

I am guessing by the title of this recipe, you have all concluded this isn’t your typical salad… and you are right!

I love a good salad.  Seriously.  Leafy greens and mix up the salty or sweet additions… its great!

I also love a dessert salad.  Like this one.  It is the perfect combination of flavors!  When I first heard what went into it I was very skeptical of how it would all taste together… well take my word for it…  it is AMAZING!  I first tried/received this recipe from my parent’s cute neighbors.  My family has been hooked ever since. We had a BBQ with our friends recently and I made this as a side dish/dessert and everyone loved it!  I also love it because it is unique and different.  If you have to bring a side to a dinner with your friends or family, give this one a whirl!

Cookie Salad
This will be the hit of the party! If you haven't tried it yet, you definitely need to!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 12 oz. cool whip, can use sweetened whip cream in place if preferred
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 packaged fudge striped cookies
  1. In a large bowl, stir pudding packages with buttermilk until well combined.
  2. Fold in cool whip.
  3. Stir in pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges.
  4. crumble cookies up into bowl (not too small) and stir into salad. Reserve a few cookie crumbs for garnish on top.


Dig in!… You are going to LOVE it :)

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  1. Barb

    Pinning this one! Sounds so good!

  2. Debby Pucci

    When I reach my goal weight I will definitely have to try this one. Sounds yummy!

  3. Jessica

    I definitely agree with the other commenters -- this is one salad I can always say yes to! Reminds me of when I used to get blizzards from Dairy Queen as a kid. =)

  4. Kari-Ucreate

    Making this for the family this weekend {pinning, too}! Thanks Nikki!

  5. Amy T

    Sounds tasty. I bet the buttermilk gives it some zing!

  6. Brenna

    I have been making this for years and everyone loves it! We also add bananas right before serving so they don't go brown:)

  7. Rebecca

    I make a similar salad and it's now been dubbed "Rebecca Fluff". :) I love the idea of putting pineapple in it, the mandarin oranges are my favorite part of my salad. I also include Oreos in mine. Next batch I'm adding pineapple though!

  8. Elaine

    Now that's a salad I would like!

  9. Lark

    This sounds exactly like MY "The Best Buttermilk Salad Ever" recipe!

  10. Heather Clelland

    I add flaked coconut to it and it is yummy

  11. Jennifer

    Why do you use buttermilk instead of regular milk in the cookie salad recipe? I'm just curious. Thank you!! I will be trying this recipe for sure'
    Jennifer :)

  12. Phyllis

    This is an old recipe I've made for almost 28 years. The original recipe I have is called "Buttermilk Salad" 1pkg vanilla pudding (instant), 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 8oz cool whip, mandarian oranges, pineapple tidbits, 2-3 bananas and the stripped cookies (now they come in bite size) It's a huge favorite with all our friends and I am always designated to bring this all gatherings! Love it!

  13. Me

    This is for people that have never eaten a quality dessert made with quality ingredients. It's OK but that's it. Don't waste your $ on the ingredients to make it.

  14. Tinetta

    This is my "go to" summer time snack to bring to parties & everyone always enjoys it! I joke that this is "how you get invited to every event" salad.