Overnight Fruit Salad Recipe
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Overnight Fruit Salad Recipe

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I first tasted this rich fruit salad at my wedding reception almost 40 years ago. The ladies who did the cooking wouldn't share the recipe at the time, but I eventually got it. I've made it for many meals, and our daughters copied the recipe when they married. —Eileen Duffeck, Lena, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 244 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a double boiler over medium heat, cook and stir eggs, sugar and vinegar until mixture is thickened and reaches 160°. Remove from the heat; stir in butter. Cool.
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine grapes, marshmallows, pineapple, oranges and bananas; add cooled dressing and stir to coat. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, fold in whipped cream and pecans. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Overnight Fruit Salad in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p33

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Denise User ID: 9168377 265973
Reviewed May. 15, 2017

"OMG! This is MaMa's salad! (with the exception of the bananas and pecans) I don't know of anyone else ever making this! This is a favorite in my husband's family. We fight over the leftovers!!! Awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing!!"

[email protected] User ID: 2044675 265953
Reviewed May. 14, 2017

"This is the most awesome salad my family went crazy over it. This one will replace my regular Christmas salad. Such a lovely old fashioned salad. ( To James: any white or apple cider vinegar will work, I personally used the white vinegar)."

teryn69 User ID: 6818421 265950
Reviewed May. 14, 2017

"I know this as 24 hour fruit salad. My recipe calls for lemon juice, not vinegar. If i had to use vinegar, I'd use a mild one, like rice wine, or white white vinegar. Even champagne vinegar. Hope that helps."

James User ID: 6012386 265150
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2017

"This sounds delicious, and I'm looking forward to trying it, but what kind of vinegar did all these reviewers use?"

Mother Hubbard User ID: 8958629 255833
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

" least 45 years ago I made it from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. I found it best to add the bananas the next day when folding in the whipped cream. Will have to make this again soon."

BIRD5353 User ID: 2598185 253100
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"This was our Christmas salad passed down by my grandmother in Oklahoma. She used cherries instead of bananas. For people who say to use cool whip, it is not the same at all. The dressing partially dissolves the marshmallows, and the salad is even better the second day (although it usually doesn't last that long)."

mebaumert User ID: 8562374 249418
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"Great new fruit salad. Super easy to make. Guests loved it!"

Realtytrainer User ID: 2723253 249403
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"I made this for a family Memorial Day get together. It was a definite hit. Everyone raved about it."

GRITS72 User ID: 7514227 248849
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"The salad tasted good. I was disappointed in it though. I followed the recipe exactly except following one reviewers suggestion of replacing whipped cream with cool whip. You couldn't tell what fruit you were eating. The bananas and marshmallows just disintegrated. The pudding became almost foamy and overpowered the fruit. If I make it again, I would definitely increase the quantity of fruit. The bananas didn't have a chance to turn brown."

MizzBanker User ID: 8798245 248823
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"Sounding awful and tasting awful are two different things BigMick1. There are all different types of fruit salads. Please do not knock it until you try it. Why add all of that junk you ask? Because it tastes good that's why."

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