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Christmas Fruit Salad Recipe

Christmas Fruit Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Christmas Fruit Salad

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Sherry9109 User ID: 8672611 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 User ID: 1795891 219205
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

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

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 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 User ID: 1057565 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 User ID: 2660189 50078
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

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

lmeyers5 User ID: 2660189 202880
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

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

Laura Moser User ID: 3332117 18762
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Everyone at work loved this fruit salad!"

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 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 User ID: 1860621 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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