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Fruit Salad with Apricot Dressing

When I serve this lovely refreshing salad for picnics and holidays, the bowl empties fast. —Carol Lambert, El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    26 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cans (5-1/2 ounces each) apricot nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large red apples, coarsely chopped
  • 8 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 medium fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks (about 5 cups)
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 2 cups green grapes


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, stir the sugar, cornstarch and apricot nectar until smooth. Microwave, uncovered, on high until slightly thickened, 4-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Refrigerate.
  • In a large bowl, combine the fruit. Drizzle with dressing; gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 125 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • xxcskier
    Apr 30, 2019

    Quick, easy and delicious! My family really enjoys this simple salad as it’s very refreshing. The apricot nectar brings this dish together.

  • kckamargo63
    Jul 24, 2017

    Delicious. I love using all natural ingredients and no added sugar.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Sep 5, 2016

    I made this recipe recently and both hubby and I thought it was excellent. I followed the recipe exactly and loved how quick and easy it was to prepare. I highly recommend this recipe.Volunteer Field Editor

  • michelou
    Mar 24, 2016

    By Far The Best Fruit Salad Ever! Always requested by my family & Friends! Amounts (this makes a lot!) and variety (sometimes I add blueberries or peaches - sometimes I use peach or mango nectar etc..) can be adjusted easily and it always comes out fantastic! I have been making people happy with this recipe for years! Thank you, Taste of Home!

  • Bahiya
    Dec 31, 2015

    Love this recipe. Been making it since it first appeared. It is my "go to" fruit salad recipe. also substitute peach nectar when I can't find apricot. Delicious either way.

  • Hooley B
    Mar 12, 2013

    I have made this recipe many, many times and it is always a huge success. I think that the time description "quick" is a little deceiving as there is a lot of time needed to clean this much fruit and cut it up as well as the cooling time needed for the dressing. It is worth all the effort, but is not really a quick throw-together for a last minute meal idea. Also, the salad tastes better if it has had a chance to sit for a while and let the flavors blend. It can even be made the evening before you need it, but do not add the bananas until the next day as they will get dark. Enjoy!

  • lrsabick
    Aug 8, 2012

    I have been making this recipe for years. Sometimes I substitute peach nectar for the apricot nectar. Sometimes I add blueberries or raspberries. We don't bother measuring the fruit anymore. The sauce is just wonderful and keeps the fruit good for a few days.

  • dbrooke
    Mar 1, 2011

    No comment left

  • duckbill
    Jan 18, 2011

    I made this for a church brunch and it was the "WOW" of the day, like a home run with the bases loaded, bottom of the 9th.

  • mellu77
    Mar 9, 2010

    I have been making this salad since I saw it in the 2001 T.O.H. cookbook. It is always a huge hit and most people ask me for the recipe. It makes a HUGE quantity, so I usually make half (or less). Its best if you pour the dressing over the fruit right before serving. Love it!