Christmas Fruit Salad Recipe
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Christmas Fruit Salad Recipe

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It was at the very first Thanksgiving I spent with my husband's family that I tasted this for the first time. My mother-in-law shared the recipe. I serve it for special occasions, plus it's a main-stay at the potlucks we have at work. After 41 years of marriage, my husband and I still enjoy the salad - along with our four children and their spouses and our nine grandchildren. -Ina Vickers, Dumas, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups halved green grapes
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 293 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, combine egg yolks, water, vinegar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and reaches 160°. Remove from the heat and cool; fold in whipped cream.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Fruit Salad in Country Woman November/December 1998, p31

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Sherry9109 240000
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Do not bother making this the recipe is wrong calls for white vinegar which I think it should be lemon juice and it doesn't thicken up what a waste of my money"

Hannah0418 219205
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Okay - not worth the time it takes to make"

vewebber58 24733
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"This turned out to be delicious and received raves, but I had to add about 1/2 c. sugar to it after mixing it all together. The recipe calls for white vinegar, and all I had was cider vinegar, so I used that. Maybe that was why it just wasn't sweet enough. But no problem.....the added sugar cut the vinegar that was over-powering everything and made it taste good Everyone loved it."

jefruth 202881
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"I first made this recipe for my mother and dads 50th anniversary. Big hit! Been making it for parties ever since."

lmeyers5 50078
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Very good, and I added green, red, yellow, jello!"

lmeyers5 202880
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Very good, and I added green, red, yellow, jellow!"

Laura Moser 18762
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Everyone at work loved this fruit salad!"

jnjrok 202879
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"I make this every Christmas. I particulary love it because it can be made the night before and it keeps very well. The added bonus is that it is delicious!"

JAppleberry 50077
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2009

"When I was young, my Mother would make a salad semiliar to this, but she added gumdrops to it. I always had the job of cutting the gumdrops in 1/2 or even 1/4's and cutting the grapes in half and seeding them. That was before seedless grapes were available. She used the large gumdrops, even the black ones (if I didn't eat them first)."

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