By Laura70 on July 11, 2003
Photo by ms_bold
Photo by ms_bold
"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
"DELICIOUS.... however, do NOT add the sugar"
"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. I used canned peaches in water to cut back on the sugar."
"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."
"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."
"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 !"
"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 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!"
"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!"
"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."
"Very good! I used whatever fruit I had in the fridge plus the canned fruit. Turned out great."
"It was good, however i think the vanilla pudding made it too sweet. I suggest using a can of peach pie filling instead."
"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."
"I would like to try it again with fresh blueberries. My grocery store did not have any left and the frozen blueberries made the entire thing turn blueish. Definitely would not include frozen blueberries again. The "dressing" came out a bit watery even though I did not use any of the juice from the canned fruit. I would need to experiment with this a bit more before it is something I am truly happy with."
"I should have known I wouldn't like this recipe. Though I love sweet stuff and fruit in general, I tend to prefer simple fruit salad sweetened with just a hint of sugar. However, we had company coming over, so I thought I would give the recipe a shot. The flavor of the sauce seemed to mask the simple goodness of the fruit rather than complement it in my opinion. My husband said it was ok. If I were to make it again, I would use much less of the liquid from the peach and pineapple cans. I was hoping for more vanilla flavor, so I would only use enough juice to wet the pudding mix."
"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!"
"Delicious! Even my picky son who doesn't like fruit salad had seconds. I didn't have blueberries but I did have blackberries and they were a good substitution. I didn't need to add the optional sugar because the salad was sweet enough as is. This will become my go-to recipe for fruit salad."
"Wow--delicious! Very quick and easy--will definitely make again. I did not add any sugar and we thought it was quite sweet. There was alot of liquid but we did not mind--added some more bananas and some drained mandarin oranges and it was great. I think you can add whatever fruit that you prefer and it will be good. Thanks for sharing!"