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Fruit Cocktail Salad

"Convenient canned fruit and instant pudding mix streamline preparation of this refreshing medley," reports Karen Buhr from Gasport, New York. This shortcut salad can also be served as a sweet satisfying dessert for diabetics.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) fruit cocktail in juice
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 package (1 ounce) instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced


  • In a bowl, combine the fruit and lemon juice. Sprinkle with pudding mix. Stir gently for 1 minute or until mixture is thickened. Fold in bananas. Refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 88 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit.

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  • dawnrosanne
    Dec 3, 2017

    I won't be making this one again. It was not very tasty for a fancy holiday meal. I can see it being okay for a regular dinner, but with all the great fruit salad recipes out there, this one comes in toward the bottom of the list.

  • PamperedLady
    May 25, 2013

    Easy, yummy and pretty good for you. The kids eat it up.

  • JenBrazytis
    Mar 13, 2013

    This was delicious! I was looking for a light, refreshing fruit salad that I could enjoy even when I don't have fresh fruit on hand. This filled that desire perfectly! I didn't have bananas, so obviously left them out, and I added about a cup of mini-marshmallows. My husband and 4 boys all loved it and between the 6 of us, we finished off the whole thing in one meal!

  • ml.thomas
    Aug 26, 2010

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  • northerner in the south
    May 26, 2010

    I have made this many times and lost the recipe. Thank heavens I found it again. It is easy, sweet, fresh, and cool for the summer! Thank-you for such a good idea!

  • amaier1
    Feb 3, 2008

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