Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe

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"Convenient canned fruit and instant pudding mix streamline preparation of this refreshing medley," reports Karen Buhr from Gasport, New York. This shortcut salad can also be served as a sweet satisfying dessert for diabetics.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) fruit cocktail in juice
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package (1 ounce) instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 88 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit.


  1. In a bowl, combine the fruit and lemon juice. Sprinkle with pudding mix. Stir gently for 1 minute or until mixture is thickened. Fold in bananas. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Fruit Cocktail Salad in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p45

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PamperedLady User ID: 185536 66828
Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"easy, yummy and pretty good for you. The kids eat it up."

JenBrazytis User ID: 1817295 90830
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"This was delicious! I was looking for a light, refreshing fruit salad that I could enjoy even when I don't have fresh fruit on hand. This filled that desire perfectly! I didn't have bananas, so obviously left them out, and I added about a cup of mini-marshmallows. My husband and 4 boys all loved it and between the 6 of us, we finished off the whole thing in one meal!"

northerner in the south User ID: 5099667 66814
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"I have made this many times and lost the recipe. Thank heavens I found it again. It is easy, sweet, fresh, and cool for the summer! Thank-you for such a good idea!"

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