I love fruit salad no matter what time of year it is. This recipe came together one winter when I was desperate for fruit salad and had to work with what I could get at the grocery store.
This recipe is very forgiving and can be altered to suit your tastes as you please… toss in a sliced banana or add in some strawberries. Whatever is in season will work just fine. But the base of this fruit salad uses fruit that is always accessible (including some canned) no matter what time of year. Who says you can’t have fruit salad at Christmas?
Sweet Fruit Salad Anytime
- 22 ounces mandarin oranges
- 20 ounces pineapple chunks
- 2 cups of grapes
- 1 large sweet apple, I use honeycrisp or pink ladies (or several small ones)
- 1 large tart apple, I use granny smith (or several small ones)
- 16 ounces sour cream
- 1 tablespoon Miracle Whip
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup chopped walnuts (to taste)
- 1 cup – 2 cups mini marshmallows (to taste)
- Prepare your fruit as follows: Drain oranges and pineapple and lay out on a clean towel to absorb any excess juice. Chop your apples into bite size pieces – feel free to peel if preferred. Wash grapes and pat dry.
- To prepare the sauce, in a large bowl hand mix your sour cream and Miracle Whip until fully incorporated. Mix in the brown sugar until well incorporated, then the coconut and walnuts.
- Add your firmer fruit to begin, such as your apples and grapes and stir until everything is well coated and evenly distributed.
- Add your canned fruit and softer fruits as well as your marshmallows, turning until well mixed. Cover and place in the refrigerator and allow to set a few hours to overnight.
The leftovers of this salad do well, just remember to keep refrigerated. It will stay good for several days but it never lasts that long around here. This fruit salad is pretty sweet, so feel free to add the sugar slowly, tasting as you go to ensure it isn’t too sweet for you – but if your fruit is a bit bitter from being out of season, the extra sweetness is often welcome.
I hope that you enjoyed my first recipe share. I hope to share many more and look forward to hearing your take on my absolute favorite fruit salad!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website