Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe

Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe

I’m sure that there are “staples” that you have in your kitchen.  Ingredients and food that you always have on hand; flour, sugar, bread, eggs, milk, etc.

I do that too.  Then there are certain other things that I hate being without.  Whenever I see a case lot sale, I will ALWAYS buy pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges.  I hate being without them!  It seems like I have a lot of recipes in my arsenal that use these ingredients so I usually  have them in stock.

Which works out great when I want to make this Creamy Fruit Salad.  I’ve had this recipe for about 30 years and it is a “staple” in our family.  This dish shows up frequently at our Sunday dinners but doesn’t last for long.  I have tried to substitute the maraschino cherries out for strawberries or fresh raspberries but my family is so used to the cherries, that they complain about making any kind of change.  If you are making this for your littles, they should love the maraschino cherries!

Your family should also love the creamy, tropical tasting sauce.  In my opinion, it really makes this salad!

Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe
Recipe type: Salad
  • 2 cans of chunk pineapple, drained but save the juice
  • 3 cans of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 small jar of maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
  • 1 large (6 oz) regular vanilla pudding ( not instant)
  1. Drain the pineapple but save the juice.
  2. Mix pineapple juice and vanilla pudding together in a medium saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat until thick. Mixture will get clearer.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes, then with a sheet saran wrap, place over the pudding mixture, pressing it into the mixture all across the top of your sauce pan. Put in refrigerator to chill. The saran wrap should prevent your pudding from getting a "skin".
  5. When the pudding mixture is chilled, add the drained pineapple, drained mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries.
  6. Cut your bananas and add to the fruit salad right before serving to avoid the bananas browning.

 I hope this great fruit salad becomes a “staple” in your family too!

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  1. Hi , I am anxious to try all the recipes on your blog. I have one suggestion about the fruit salad i am trying tonight. It would be very helpful if you added how many can be served with the recipe. Thanks, Peace and good cooking. MaBear

    • Hi MaBear! Thanks so much for the idea – I promise to try and remember to add that to my recipes! This makes a fairly large salad. I would guess that it will feed 6-10 people. It has been in our family forever. Hope you like it!

  2. mary mcclung says:

    What size cans of chunk pineapple do you need? I would love to make this but I’m afraid if I get the wrong size can I’ll either have too much liquid or not enough for the pudding. Thanks.

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