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Orzo Cheesecake Fruit Salad

This salad features my favorite fruits, complemented by the creamy pudding mix. It even works as a dessert. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup canned sliced peaches, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and quartered
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pudding mix, sour cream and pineapple. Toss banana with lemon juice; stir into pudding mixture. Stir in the oranges, marshmallows, pecans, peaches, cherries and orzo. Fold in whipped topping. Sprinkle with coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 270 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • rmbarr059
    Apr 17, 2017

    It was good but nothing spectacular. I made it as part of my Easter menu because it sounded yummy and a bit unique but slightly disappointed. Not saying it was bad, just not as good as I was expecting based on the reviews. It was well received by the guests, however!

  • pastiepie
    Sep 21, 2014

    The whole family loved this recipe as is :)

  • Ceege
    Jul 14, 2014

    This is a good fruit dish and is great to take to pot luck [email protected] cottey - you could sub clementines, tangerines or even oranges for the madarin oranges.

  • ljzavas
    Jan 2, 2012

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  • jseuten99
    Jun 20, 2011

    I made this salad over the weekend for a Ladie's Brunch. Everyone loved it! My aunt even asked for the recipe so that she could take it to a church function the next day. At first the list of ingredients looks like a lot, but it's really not. I made it just as the recipe called for with the exception of adding the bananas. (A few of us cannot eat the bananas). It makes a lot, too, which was good since my husband liked the leftovers!

  • debbiebuttonz
    May 4, 2011

    Made this for Easter dinner and got rave reviews. Everyone loved it and I am looking for another excuse to make it.

  • cottey
    Apr 8, 2011

    It sounds good, but I have family alergic to mandarin oranges. Any suggestions on what I could substitute?

  • JessK
    Apr 7, 2011

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  • skb cooking
    Jan 8, 2011

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  • sj55
    Aug 23, 2010

    Loved the recipe~took it to a surprise party and was gone in a flash!!