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Delightful Fruit Salad Recipe

Delightful Fruit Salad Recipe

“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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Cover surface of dressing with waxed paper; refrigerate until cooled.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 24 servings (3/4 cup each).

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 5693915 141571
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

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

nanaofIAM User ID: 3786015 101045
Reviewed 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."

CStorberg User ID: 3686660 174884
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"This recipe is a wonderful change of pace to fruit salad!! We have to have it at all family gatherings now!"

ahenry User ID: 2045033 174879
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

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

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