Tangy Fruit Salad Recipe
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Tangy Fruit Salad Recipe

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I got this recipe from dear friends many years ago, and it has been a mainstay at my house ever since. This salad is a sweet refreshing side dish or light dessert.—Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Recommended: Lemonade Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 can (15 ounces) fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium apples or pears, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, optional
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup orange breakfast drink mix

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 221 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl; set aside. In a large serving bowl, combine the pineapple, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, bananas, apples and strawberries if desired.
  2. Whisk the pudding mix and drink mix into the reserved pineapple juice. Fold into fruit mixture. Refrigerate before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Tangy Fruit Salad in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p59

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MY REVIEW User ID: 1202636 261733
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"Very easy! I think I will decrease the Tang just a tad next time."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 239253
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"YUM!! I did not like the combination of the Tang/pineapple juice, so I omitted it, but everything else was great!"

shelbyharrell User ID: 8336891 224959
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"So good as a side dish served on a bed of lettuce or a light dessert with Cool Whip tipping."

whoagirl User ID: 5243735 6714
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"This was a hit at the shower I attended. Quite a few ladies asked me for the recipe. My one friend said she would have cut back a little on the Tang. I will make it again for sure. Simple and tasty is what I like about a recipe."

bluebowtye User ID: 119707 4979
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"This was one of the first fruit salads I ever made and have been making it ever since. My husbands family would be very upset if I didn't bring it to our Christmas Eve celebration! My niece liked it so much she made if for her wedding reception. I usually use one red and one green apple along with a pear too. I always use the strawberries if they are available at my store."

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