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Overnight Fruit Salad

I first tasted this rich fruit salad at my wedding reception many years ago. The ladies who did the cooking wouldn't share the recipe at the time, but I eventually got it. I've made it for many meals, and our daughters copied the recipe when they married. —Eileen Duffeck, Lena, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a double boiler over medium heat, cook and stir eggs, sugar and vinegar until mixture is thickened and reaches 160°. Remove from the heat; stir in butter. Cool.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine grapes, marshmallows, pineapple, oranges and bananas; add cooled dressing and stir to coat. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, fold in whipped cream and pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 244 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


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  • Devena
    Jan 1, 2021

    This fruit salad is hands down the best I've ever had! My family agrees and not one drop is tossed. It's a little more work than throwing whipped cream and powdered sugar together...but well worth it! I have made this fruit salad several times and will continue to make it for all holidays. I give this recipe 10 stars!**********

  • cdun
    Jun 12, 2020

    This is almost Ambrosia without the coconut. Yum!

  • Rosalie
    May 7, 2020

    I remember trying a very similar desert many years ago at a gathering. I don't think the first 4 ingredients were included, but the fruit was the same. I remember this as I had never used grapes or manderines in fruit salad before.. A tub of apricot yoghurt was used instead of cream, making it a different

  • sedonared7
    May 5, 2020

    Great salad, we always had this either Thanksgiving or Christmas. We also called it 24 hour salad. YUM!

  • Pat
    Nov 28, 2019

    My family always asks for this at family gatherings

  • Dee k
    May 16, 2019

    I’ve been making 24hr salad that’s very similar!Except u use LG.marshmallows

  • hidecogal
    May 7, 2019

    My mom made a overnight salad like this since the 50's. But didn't use grapes or nuts. The one she made was made with Lemon pudding and pineapple. The marshmallows were colored. I still make it for spring and summer meals.. I sometimes add maraschino cherries if I have them on hand. I usually make it the it the day of. For her recipe you could incorporate oranges and banana's which I might the next time I make it. This is just delicious because of the lemon pudding.

  • Vicki
    May 7, 2019

    i made this for my daughters wedding shower and had many praises for it and compliments--varied fruit to season and my taste. highly recommend.

  • FrankieMarie
    May 7, 2019

    This is just like the Ambrosia Salad my Mom used to make and that I now make. This version is lovely. Yes I've added coconut which is a great success. I add a few maraschino cherries too. I now have a lactose intolerant granddaughter so I use whipped coconut cream instead of milk based whipping cream. Tastes great!

  • George
    May 7, 2019

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