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Orzo Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe

Orzo Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 4046105 264748
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1062574 181951
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"The whole family loved this recipe as is :)"

Ceege User ID: 730520 165121
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"This is a good fruit dish and is great to take to pot luck dinners.

@ cottey - you could sub clementines, tangerines or even oranges for the madarin oranges."

jseuten99 User ID: 1110370 165120
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5836666 163108
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3744905 143750
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

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

sj55 User ID: 1420676 112140
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

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

adj021 User ID: 2468597 97849
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"My husband loves this recipe. I leave out the coconut but its fast and easy to make. Great for cookouts."

mykeepsakes User ID: 4910565 179392
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"Not huge with the kids who have texture issues, but the adults LOVED IT! I threw some blueberries in for extra color!"

kyle1987 User ID: 1583898 179742
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"This makes a very nice summer salad. It's easy to adjust to individual tastes. My husband doesn't like coconut so I omitted it. It make a large amount which is good for taking to a potluck dinner. Quite yummy!"

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