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Four-Fruit Compote

A beautiful side dish, this compote spotlights wonderful winter fruit like bananas, apples, oranges and pineapple. Of course, it can be made anytime of year. I'm sure you'll get as many smiles as I do when I bring out this refreshing salad at a potluck. —Donna Long, Searcy, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 to 4 medium apples, chopped
  • 2 to 3 medium bananas, sliced


  • Drain pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup juice. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in the orange, lemon and pineapple juices until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the fruits. Pour warm sauce over the fruit; stir gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

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  • krysfielder
    Apr 16, 2019

    I made this for the first time to take to a friend who had a baby and I am sure glad it made enough for me to keep some! The sauce is SO yummy! I am thinking I may add strawberries or blueberries when they are in season.

  • Joan
    Dec 7, 2018

    Love it. What’s to adjust!

  • cookb4
    May 25, 2017

    Our whole family loves this fruit salad. Vary the fruits to suit your taste. I agree with the other reviewers who said to wait to add bananas until just prior to serving. A very similar Taste of Home recipe is "Brunch Fruit Salad" which is also delicious.

  • HeatherAnn
    Mar 14, 2017

    Compotes are delicious and not one side dish like Jams, heres a really yummy less fruit salad, more compote alternative

  • Galiahutchinson
    Mar 28, 2016

    Made this as written. Very good!! Added all the fruit to the sauce and served it the next day, we had leftovers the next day and none of the fruit had browned. Next time I may half some cherries for extra color.

  • kramerstacey15
    Mar 25, 2016

    Love love love this. I make it frequently. It's always a hit!

  • honey25
    Jan 23, 2015

    Delish and easy. I made it the day before but added the bananas shortly before serving. This will be a go-to keeper.

  • dsm
    Nov 7, 2014

    Great salad! Makes a large quantity; sauce is really good. I did wait to add the apples and bananas shortly before serving, but the leftovers did not turn brown quickly, maybe due to the juices in the sauce. I added fresh fruit to the leftovers to make it go further since there was plenty of sauce.

  • alcyjr
    Mar 9, 2014

    Stir Lemon juice into the fruit. It will keep the apples and bananas from turning brown! This is YUMMY!

  • ad554836
    Feb 5, 2014

    This was quite good. I have made it twice now, and I learned two things. One, there was way too much sauce in my opinion, so I cut that part of the recipe in half. Much better. Two, don't cut in the apples and bananas until you're ready to serve it. Not terrible, but a lot better (and better looking) to wait. Other than those two things this was delicious and an excellent fruit dish to make in the winter time.