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Delightful Fruit Salad

 Delightful Fruit Salad
“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
24 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature without stirring.
  • Cover surface of dressing with waxed paper; refrigerate until
  • cooled.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold

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Delightful Fruit Salad (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
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.