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Grandma’s Fruit Salad

"I can't believe how easy this pretty salad is to make," says Carolyn Tomatz of Jackson, Wisconsin. The colorful blend of bananas, pineapple, pears and peaches and grapes is tossed with a creamy pudding sauce. "People of all ages enjoy this dish," Carolyn notes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings, 1/2 cup per serving


  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sugar sliced pears, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) sliced peaches in juice, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 medium firm bananas
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 1-cup measuring cup. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, pears, peaches and grapes. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Add enough water to pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Pour into a small saucepan. Whisk in pudding mix. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Slice bananas into a small bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice; gently toss to coast. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain. Add bananas and cherries to chilled fruit. Add cooled pudding; toss gently to combine. Refrigerate until serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 140 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit.

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  • mollymay4
    Sep 2, 2014

    i followed the recipe as written and it is very good. You can certainly mix and match your fruits without fear of messing it up.

  • sd20
    Mar 8, 2012

    I have made this salad several times and it is easy and wonderful! :)

  • jenny73
    Feb 5, 2012

    This is my family's favorite fruit salad.

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  • lotia16
    Jul 28, 2010

    I love the dressing for this fruit salad!

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