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Christmas Fruit Salad

It was at the very first Thanksgiving I spent with my husband's family that I tasted this for the first time. My mother-in-law shared the recipe. I serve it for special occasions, plus it's a main-stay at the potlucks we have at work. After 41 years of marriage, my husband and I still enjoy the salad - along with our four children and their spouses and our nine grandchildren. -Ina Vickers, Dumas, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups halved green grapes
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • In a large saucepan, combine egg yolks, water, vinegar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and reaches 160°. Remove from the heat and cool; fold in whipped cream.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 293 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Pamela
    Dec 19, 2018

    I made this, this morning and you do have to be a experienced cook to make the custard and cool things properly. It is a fantastic salad....perfect in fact. Wonderful flavor with cider......

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 8, 2017

    This yummy fruit salad is perfect for the holidays!!

  • Sherry9109
    Dec 22, 2015

    Do not bother making this the recipe is wrong calls for white vinegar which I think it should be lemon juice and it doesn't thicken up what a waste of my money

  • Hannah0418
    Jan 29, 2015

    Okay - not worth the time it takes to make

  • vewebber58
    Dec 30, 2013

    This turned out to be delicious and received raves, but I had to add about 1/2 c. sugar to it after mixing it all together. The recipe calls for white vinegar, and all I had was cider vinegar, so I used that. Maybe that was why it just wasn't sweet enough. But no problem.....the added sugar cut the vinegar that was over-powering everything and made it taste good Everyone loved it.

  • jefruth
    Sep 4, 2013

    I first made this recipe for my mother and dads 50th anniversary. Big hit! Been making it for parties ever since.

  • lmeyers5
    Dec 28, 2011

    Very good, and I added green, red, yellow, jello!

  • lmeyers5
    Dec 28, 2011

    Very good, and I added green, red, yellow, jellow!

  • Laura Moser
    Feb 27, 2011

    Everyone at work loved this fruit salad!

  • jnjrok
    Nov 18, 2009

    I make this every Christmas. I particulary love it because it can be made the night before and it keeps very well. The added bonus is that it is delicious!