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Bowl of Fruit

Isn't that a great picture of a bowl of fruit? My husband took this picture. He was practicing doing still-life photography, and yes we had to go to the store and buy all that fruit. Of course we got to eat it all too when he was done.

When luscious fruits and vegetables are available in such great variety, daily meals need not be boring.

For an easy fresh fruit salad, cut a variety of four or five fresh fruits you have on hand into bite size pieces such as apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes, etc.

You can also use a can of drained fruit cocktail. Then add a can of cherry pie filling and mix for a quick dessert.

Fruit Salads made with mixed fruit

Fruit Grape Salad

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups any type seedless grapes - halved
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries - halved
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks - drained
  • 2 medium bananas - sliced
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping - thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a small saucepan, cook the eggs and orange juice over very low heat until slightly thickened, stirring constantly; then set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the grapes, cherries, pineapple, and bananas. Fold in the egg mixture until evenly combined, then top with the whipped topping and walnuts, and chill overnight to blend the flavors. Add a bit more nuts if you like, or omit the cherries if you want.
Here's a recipe for a Spiced Grape Salad

Tossed Fruit Salad

Summer Fruit Salads
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup diced oranges
  • 1 cup sliced, unpeeled apples (Red Delicious)
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients and toss lightly. Serve on crisp salad greens.
Recipe from a 1974 Family Circle Cookbook

Five Cup Salad

  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 c. miniature marshmallows
  • 1 c. crushed or cubed pineapple, drained
  • 1 c. mandarin oranges
  • 1 c. seedless grapes

Mix all ingredients together and set in refrigerator overnight.

Pineapple Salad

  • 1/2 lb. cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1/2 lb. miniature marshmallows
  • 1 #2 can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 3 Tblsp. sugar
  • 3 Tblsp. flour
  • pineapple juice from can

Mix sugar, flour and pineapple juice. Cook over med. heat until thick. Add enough vinegar to give tart taste. Pour pineapple mixture while hot. Stir all together.
See the recipe: Pineapple Salad

Pinanna Salad

  • 1 large can pineapple chunks
  • 3 to 4 bananas
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup mayonnaise

Mix all together and chill. Serve as soon as possible, before bananas turn.

How to Make Ambrosia

Fruits and vegetables
    In a bowl add a
  • 10oz can of mandarin oranges - drained
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks - drained
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup miniature colored marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 6 to 10 maraschino cherries cut in half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of miracle whip or cool whip

Mix all together and refrigerate until needed.
Decorate with a few cherries on top.

Fruit salads with instant pudding

Best Fruit Salad

  • 12 oz sour cream
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 30 oz can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 c. miniature marshmallows

Mix sour cream, pudding, sugar, pineapple, and juice. Add fruit cocktail and marshmallows and chill.

Margo's Happy Day Salad

  • 1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
  • 12 oz pkg topping
  • 30 oz. can fruit cocktail
  • 30 oz can mandarin oranges
  • 4 bananas, diced
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

Prepare pudding according to directions. Fold in topping, then add remaining fruit. Chill well before serving.

Fruit Salads made with Cherry Pie Filling

Last Minute Salad

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can chunk pineapple
  • 1 c. miniature marshmallows

Mix together and refrigerate

Cherry Salad

    Mix in large bowl:
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can Eagle Brand milk
  • 1 sm. can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 lg. container cool whip

Cover and refrigerate.
See the recipe: Cherry Salad

Christmas Cherry Salad

  • 6oz cherry Jello
  • 1-21oz can cherry pie filling
  • 3 c. boiling water
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • Margarine
  • 2 c. miniature marshmallows
  • 12 oz. whipped topping

Mix cherry Jello and 3 cups boiling water. Add cherry pie mix. Set until still sticky to the touch. Melt cream cheese with a little margarine and marshmallows. Cool. Add 12 oz of whipped topping. Spread over Jello. Refrigerate.
Recipe from a 2001 Catholic School cookbook called Classic Creations

Pink Panther Salad

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 can Eagle Brand milk
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 large cool whip
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Mix together in a large bowl.
Recipe from a 1981 Indiana Church Cookbook

Fruit Salads with fruit flavored Jello

Jello Salad Recipe

  • 1 large Cool Whip
  • 14 oz of crushed pineapple - drained
  • 500g of cottage cheese (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 3 oz of Jello powder any flavor is fine

Blend Cool Whip and Jello powder pkg. together, then blend in cottage cheese and pineapple. Add nuts and some small miniature marshmallows (colored decorates nicely) Refrigerate until set.
Also see this Pink Salad

Quick Jello Salad

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 container Cool Whip
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

Sprinkle one box dry jello (any flavor) over the above. Add 1/4 cup chopped nuts. Refrigerate overnight.
See the recipe: Quick Jello Salad

Pineapple Jello Salad

Fruit bowl
  • 1 - 6 oz. lime jello(or any flavor)
  • 1 lb. cottage cheese
  • chopped pecans, if desired
  • 1 #2 1/2 can crushed or chunk pineapple
  • 1 lg. cool whip, frozen

Drain pineapple well, pour dry jello over pineapple. Mix well and let set a few minutes. Add cottage cheese. Mix well. Fold in Cool Whip, add nuts, if desired.
See the recipe: Pineapple Jello Salad

Coca Cola Salad

  • 2 small pkg. cherry Jello
  • 1 small pkg. lime Jello
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple
  • 2 1/2 c. Coca Cola
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts

Mix together cherry Jello, lime Jello, and crushed pineapple. Put on stove and cook until boiling. Take off stove and add Coke and nuts to mixture. Stir in pan well; pour in bowl and refrigerate.
Recipe from a 1981 Indiana Church Cookbook

Coke Salad

  • 3 cold cokes (small)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 #2 can crushed pineapple, drain
  • 3 pkgs. Phil. cream cheese(small)
  • 2 pkgs. cherry Jello

Heat Jello and pineapple juice. Add cheese. Cream the cheese while jello and juice are still hot or warm, add other ingredients and chill.
See the recipe: Coke Salad

Broken Glass Salad

  • 1 box cherry Jello
  • 1 box lime Jello
  • 1 box orange Jello
  • 1 c. pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 box lemon Jello
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1-8oz carton Cool Whip

Dissolve cherry, lime, and orange Jello separately in bowls with 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Pour each into an 8 inch pan and chill. Bring 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/2 c. water to a boil and add 1 box lemon Jello. Stir until dissolved. Chill until thick. Then fold in Cool Whip. Fold in 1" Jello squares.
Recipe from a 2001 Catholic Church cookbook from Hardington Nebraska

Strawberry Dessert

  • 1 box strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 lg. box strawberry Jello
  • 1 carton Cool Whip

Make your Jello and chill. When almost solid add strawberries and cool whip and let form. You can substitute different kinds of fruit and jello, of course.
See the recipe: Strawberry Dessert

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