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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 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.

Directions

  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

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.

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

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

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