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Orange Cream Fruit Salad


Orange Cream Fruit Salad is a delicious fruit salad filled with oranges, pineapple and bananas with a sweet orange cream mixed in! Perfect fruit salad recipe to go alongside holiday dinner.

Orange Cream Fruit Salad has been a family favorite recipe for years. I love fruit, and while fresh fruit is my favorite, this is a great recipe to make in the winter when good produce is hard to find (and expensive!), because it is primarily made with canned fruit. It has also come in handy many times when I need to make a side dish and don’t have time to run to the store since many of the ingredients are ones that I keep on hand regularly.


I have made this fruit salad for family dinners, potlucks and we always have it on Easter. One of the things that I love about fruit salads is that you can so easily adapt them. This recipe is delicious with canned pineapple, mandarin oranges and bananas, but you can definitely add other fruits or swap any of those out. I’ve added grapes, apples, kiwi, strawberries and raspberries and all of them have tasted wonderful with the orange/vanilla coating.


3 oz. pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup-1 1/2 cups milk*
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
8 oz container Cool Whip
20 oz. can pineapple chunks or tidbits drained well
11 oz. can mandarin oranges drained well
2 bananas sliced

Combine pudding mix, milk and orange juice concentrate in a mixing bowl.
Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes and then fold in the Cool Whip. Gently mix in the fruit and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours until ready to serve.
Gently mix in the canned fruit and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours until ready to serve. Feel free to add more fruit. I often add more oranges or bananas, and sometimes I add strawberries and mini marshmallows too. If you are adding apples and/or bananas, wait until just before serving to add them. Enjoy!!
*We’ve made this recipe dozens of times with successful results, yet we’ve gotten several comments that the salad is too soupy. So, our advice is to reduce the milk to 3/4 cups initially, and if the consistency is too thick for your liking, feel free to add more.

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