By Laura70 on July 11, 2003
Photo by May I Have That Recipe
Photo by May I Have That Recipe
"I get compliments on this fruit salad wherever I take it. It is super easy to make and a great dish to bring to a potluck or family party. Kids love it too. Everyone asks "what's in the sauce"? The secret ingredient is the vanilla pudding mix."
Serving Size: 1 (102 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 15
"this is really good! i just made it today and its delicious. However, I recommend that you make the pudding with the canned juice in a separate bowl. Then in another bowl add all the fruit. I added only a couple of scoops of the pudding to the fruit and stirred it to give it just a little coat of pudding around the fruit and it was perfect. Next time I'll buy a smaller pudding box because I hardly used any, I think it's too much if I were to add the whole thing. Oh and I used green grapes because it looks so much prettier with a pop of green instead of red because you already have strawberries!"
"DELICIOUS.... however, do NOT add the sugar"
"Delicious. I used canned peaches in water to cut back on the sugar."
"Home run! I followed the concept...fruit and read the reviews to determine how to best make the pudding. The result....a home run! I bought a slew of fresh fruit (nectarine, plum, pear, pineapple, apple, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, tangerine, peach, strawberry)...theme was color. Used instant fat free vanilla pudding....w fat free milk. Lightly coated fruit. note: squeeze 1 tangerine over the cut apples & pears so they don't turn brown. Also, dont apply pudding until the day you eat it."
"This fruit salad was soooo yummy; and because of the fruit in this salad it was so quick to prepare too... will definitely be made again!
I was a bit wary of getting "soup" so I used the juice from the peaches and only half the juice from the pineapples and it was just right. I did omit the bananas (allergy) and didnt add the sugar and it was superb."
"will make again. with more fruits. it's quite sweet and only one can of fruit, probably pineapple. Deff wait to eat till it sits in the fridge for a a bit. also i used peaches in pear juice, can deff make this without high fructose corn syrup."
"Took this to a 4th of July, MARYLAND steamed crab cook-out. Several gals identified this immediately -- certainly easy, but WAAAY too sweet - and I didn't add any sugar ! When I do again, will add some lemon juice to the liquid, hoping to counteract that. Thanks for posting !"
"This is the bomb! Fantastic, made it for my son's and stb dil wedding rehearsal and the wedding reception. Came out great! I was told that I am the official Fruit Salad maker for the family functions now and not to forget birthdays. I did use splenda and sugar free pudding due to health issues of some of the party but it didn't do no harm. Thank you!"
"What a beautiful fruit salad, I did it with chocolate pudding and it was great. 5 stars"
"Used can of sliced peaches, can of sliced pears, blueberries, banana, sweet cherries, and cantaloupe. The sweet cherries were a mistake - turned it all a lovely shade of purple. Used 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup cornstarch in place of pudding mix."
"Good recipe, although a bit soupy, even though I only used the juice from one 15 oz can of peaches. I added some extra fruit--extra banana and an apple to soak up some of the juice. Good made a few hours beforehand, but wouldn't make it up a day in advance. Thanks for posting--will use again!"
"Very delicious. I did not add in the additional sugar. Used sugar free pudding mix and still was plenty sweet. Will make this again all summer long!"
"This is definitely more like a dessert to me. It's good, but I found it to be too sweet to serve as a side dish accompanying a meal. As a dessert, I think it's fine. I have another fruit salad recipe that I usually use, but this one had such high ratings, I thought I'd give it a try. I do think this method of dressing a fruit salad with vanilla pudding would be a great way to help out some fruit that is lacking in natural sweetness--maybe a way to salvage some overly tart grapes or some flavorless strawberries."
"This was just a great, refreshing and different salad. I served it at a dinner I put on for friends. The pudding puts this over the top I think. And talk about easy to do!!!!! Really enjoyed this. Thanks Laura70 for this post."
"I made this for a work potluck with mixed results. I really liked it, but it wasn't as well received by my coworkers as I would've liked. I tried a little bowl before I took it to work and it tasted and looked delicious. however, when I got it to work, the blueberries made the other fruits a blueish tint and the bananas began to look soggy and so the entire dish wasn't as appetizing as it was before I traveled with it. so, since it had a wonderful flavor and looked beautiful when I tried it, I would recommend serving it at *home* where you can make it just prior to serving so it remains looking beautiful and tasting wonderful. I loved how easy it was to make and as you can see from my picture, it did look beautiful! I will make this recipe again, just not take to a potluck. thanks for sharing it!"
"I have made this salad about 5 or 6 times in the last month alone. It is VERY easy to make and it is so good and refreshing. I don't think it is too sweet at all, even with the little bit of sugar added in. I only tried some of the other reviewers tweaks on the recipe once, and I think I will just stick with the original recipe. Oranges threw off the whole flavor, raspberries did not add anything to it, but honeydew melon worked out. I did not try cantaloupe because sometimes you can buy one without any flavor and I did not want to take any chances. Mixing the pudding in only the juices first gave me a lot of lumps. It seems to mix better when added in as suggested in the recipe--I have never noticed it no mixing in with that method."
"I saw this recipe on facebook & made it last week. I used the sugar free pudding mix since I am diabetic & it was really good. I suggest mixing the pudding mix with the juices first...making another batch today!!"
"I used sugar free pudding and sugar free fruits. I did not use the grapes or the bananas due to a strong personal dislike of both. It was delicious and I will make this again. DH is carb restricted due to weight loss surgery and he can eat this in mini portions."
"Turned out great! Did not add sugar, used only the juice from the pineapple chunks and mixed with the pudding in a separate bowl. Added more fruits than the recipe called for. Mixed all the juices from the canned fruits then added about 1/2 cup back to the bowl because the pudding with pineapple juice was a tad thick. Delicious!"
"Very good! I used whatever fruit I had in the fridge plus the canned fruit. Turned out great."