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Easy Festive Fruit Salad

As colorful as the leaves on the autumn trees, this fruit salad disappears fast down to the last spoonful. The light dressing doesn't hide the refreshing flavors of the fruit. Pecans add crunch and the rich flavor of the harvest season. -Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pears, drained and chopped
  • 3 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large unpeeled apples, chopped
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Set pineapple aside. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and flour; stir in reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool for 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine the oranges, pears, kiwi, apples, pecans and reserved pineapple. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 161 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • lbroadh2o
    Dec 20, 2019

    This is very tasty and simple to make. You could vary the fruit combinations to the fruit you have available. It is definitely a recipe I'll make again.

  • 2124arizona
    May 7, 2017

    You can use just about any kind of fruit with the yummy dressing!!

  • Holly Lyford
    Nov 27, 2013

    I LOVE this recipe!! The only changes I make----I use fresh pears and also add strawberries, blueberries, and grapes!! The combinations are endless. I especially enjoy using honey crisp apples. Thank you, Julianne Johnson!!!

  • purpleiris1982
    Dec 8, 2010

    It was in November of 2003 while I was pregnant with my first child and my nesting instincts were in full force that I first found this recipe. I am writing to has been enthusiastically requested every fall since. I love this recipe!!