Delightful Fruit Salad Recipe
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Delightful Fruit Salad Recipe

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“As much or as little Cool Whip can be added - to taste. If I have some mandarin oranges or maraschino cherries, I add a few to the top. I used this recipe as a salad, but my friends say it is good enough to be a dessert!” —Elaine Bailey, Bloomfield, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package (16 ounces) acini di pepe pasta
  • 3 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 240 calories, 5 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Gradually stir in pineapple juice. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in lemon juice.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Cover surface of dressing with waxed paper; refrigerate until cooled.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a very large bowl; stir in the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, coconut and dressing. Fold in whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 24 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: Acini di pepe are tiny pellets of pasta. This recipe was tested with DaVinci brand pasta. You may substitute 1 pound of macaroni or other pasta if desired.
Originally published as Delightful Fruit Salad in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p51

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"So delicious! Substituted more marshmallows for the coconut...may have used more than 2 cups!!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"I made this for Christmas dinner and my family loved it. It is fairly easy to make and my husband said it was more like dessert."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"This recipe is a wonderful change of pace to fruit salad!! We have to have it at all family gatherings now!"

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"This is amazing. Everytime mom makes it we fight over the whole bowl"

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