My Favorite Fruit Salad Recipe

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Fresh fruit covered in vanilla pudding and whipped cream. So simple, yet so extremely delicious.  This is one of those dishes that you don’t actually really need a recipe for, but whenever I need to make a fruit salad, this is the one that I make, so I thought it would be worth sharing! I learned how to make it from my lovely Mom-in-Law. You can make adaptations according to your preferences, of course.  Typically I like to use bananas (about 2), strawberries (about 1 lb), grapes (a few large bunches), and Granny Smith apples (about 1.5-2), but there are lots of different options!  In fact, the next time I make this I am thinking of trying some pineapple for an added twist.  I also have a good friend of mine that prefers to make hers with Grapes, Gala apples, and Granny Smith apples and the kids love it!  This is great for parties, pot lucks, baby showers, picnics or as a random sweet treat.  My four year old daughter calls it fruit with icing and actually asks for it.  This is also a great addition to your lunchboxes, both for the kids and yourself, though if my kids see me making it then it doesn’t usually last long enough to make it into their lunches.  This is also a great opportunity for your kids to help you in the kitchen.  My little ones love to help me anytime they can and this is the perfect opportunity.  I cut up all of the different types of fruit while they work on whipping the pudding together.  Once I am done chopping everything up I let them transfer all of it to the bowl and stir everything together.  Admittedly, it’s not always the cleanest experience, but they love it and it makes them even more excited to eat something they help put together!  Plus, it allows me to keep the tradition alive and pass this recipe on!

My Favorite Fruit Salad Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 cups | Serves: 8


  • 1 large box of vanilla instant pudding, or 2 small boxes
  • half of an 8 oz tub of Whipped Topping
  • half of a 10 oz bag of fruity flavored miniature marshmallows
  • fruit, chopped into bite-size pieces


  1. Mix up the pudding according to the package directions.
  2. Add all of the other ingredients and mix by gently folding them all together.
  3. Refrigerate.
Ingredients: Apple, Banana
Meal Type: Desserts, Salads, Side Dish, 4th of July, Easter, Spring, Summer, Thanksgiving, Egg Free, Meatless
Categories: BBQ, Fruits, No Bake

Comments & Reviews

  • mmmm. That looks yummy! A slightly healthier version would be to use vanilla yogurt instead of the pudding. Again, not really something you need a recipe for but until someone shared that tip with me, I never thought of it!

  • Thanks for the idea!

  • Try using a little less milk then is called for in the pudding and replacing about half of the mild you do use with buttermilk. The buttermilk gives it a yummy twang!

  • How far in advance can this be made? I want to put it out on the 4th. Thanks! 🙂

  • This is so easy and very yummy. Made it for my ladies church group. Can’t wait to see how it goes over with them. I didn’t use all the sauce… makes a lot of the sauce. Which means I’ll make it tomorrow for us too. Great recipe.

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