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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    24 servings (3/4 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • 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 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.
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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 234 calories, 4g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • cmarie_1124
    Mar 31, 2013

    So delicious! Substituted more marshmallows for the coconut...may have used more than 2 cups!!

  • miss denise
    Apr 5, 2012

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  • nanaofIAM
    Mar 2, 2010

    I made this for Christmas dinner and my family loved it. It is fairly easy to make and my husband said it was more like dessert.

  • mtwine06
    Dec 7, 2009

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  • Cyndyth
    Oct 23, 2008

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  • ahenry
    Sep 29, 2008

    This is amazing. Everytime mom makes it we fight over the whole bowl