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Tangy Fruit Salad

I got this recipe from dear friends many years ago, and it has been a mainstay at my house ever since. This salad is a sweet refreshing side dish or light dessert.—Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 can (15 ounces) fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium apples or pears, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, optional
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup orange breakfast drink mix


  • Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl; set aside. In a large serving bowl, combine the pineapple, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, bananas, apples and strawberries if desired.
  • Whisk the pudding mix and drink mix into the reserved pineapple juice. Fold into fruit mixture. Refrigerate before serving.

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  • mythyagain
    Feb 23, 2017

    Very easy! I think I will decrease the Tang just a tad next time.

  • dawnrosanne
    Dec 12, 2015

    YUM!! I did not like the combination of the Tang/pineapple juice, so I omitted it, but everything else was great!

  • shelbyharrell
    Apr 16, 2015

    So good as a side dish served on a bed of lettuce or a light dessert with Cool Whip tipping.

  • whoagirl
    Jun 11, 2013

    This was a hit at the shower I attended. Quite a few ladies asked me for the recipe. My one friend said she would have cut back a little on the Tang. I will make it again for sure. Simple and tasty is what I like about a recipe.

  • bluebowtye
    Feb 9, 2010

    This was one of the first fruit salads I ever made and have been making it ever since. My husbands family would be very upset if I didn't bring it to our Christmas Eve celebration! My niece liked it so much she made if for her wedding reception. I usually use one red and one green apple along with a pear too. I always use the strawberries if they are available at my store.