Last Minute Fruit Salad

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by HeatherFeather

I had to come up with a last minute salad for a church function and had no time to get to the store to buy ingredients. Luckily, I had lots of fruit in the house and came up with this quick yet colorful and tasty salad. I feel almost silly sharing it, as it is really very easy, but I did get a recipe request and left with a nearly empty bowl. Cook time is actually chilling time.

Top Review by love4culinary

This is a great fruit salad. I did everything as suggested (and what a coincidence.. I had everything on hand!!!) except I used fresh cherries instead of maraschino Im not a huge fan of the maraschinos. The juices from each of the canned fruits really soak into the other fruits during chilling, and make for an excellent flavored fruit salad. I must admit that I prefer a fruit salad from all fresh fruits, but when Im in a rush, this is DEFINITELY a great fruit salad to throw together. The colors are wonderful together and make for a great presentation as well. Great fruit salad heather!!! (by the way, I didnt make the whole recipe, because 2 of us could NEVER finish 10-12 servings before it got soggy and rotten lol). I used less kiwi and strawberries, and used only parts of the canned fruits and reserved them for other recipes I plan to make tonight and tomorrow :-) I also used less sugar accordingly, and just used as many cherries as I saw fit. Great way to encourage me to use the fruits that are sitting in my cabinets! :-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you have an egg slicer,us this to slice your berries thinly, otherwise, use a knife to slice into very thin slices.
  2. Wash kiwfruit and pat dry.
  3. Using a very sharp knife, slice kiwi thinly- leaving the skin ON.
  4. Lay each slice of kiwi flat and use the knife point to cut a slit in the ring of skin left on each slice.
  5. The remaining skin should easily peel off (if it is stubborn, just trace along the outer edge of the slice with your knife)- you'll end up with nice even slices of kiwi.
  6. In a large decorative serving bowl,gently combine berries, kiwi slices, mandarin oranges, and pineapple chunks- don't stir too hard or you'll crush the fruit.
  7. Chop cherries and add to the bowl.
  8. Add just a couple of Tablespoons of each of the the reserved fruit canning juices to taste- not too much, just enough to moisten.
  9. Add the sugar and gently stir to combine.
  10. Cover& Chill at least 30 minutes.
  11. Can be made up to 3 hours in advance- but don't make too early or the fruit will get soggy.

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