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Creamy Fruit Salad With Pudding {Granny's Recipe}

Creamy Fruit Salad has been a great hit at all our family gatherings for as long as I can remember.  My Mother would serve it as a salad, but my husband always enjoyed it as a dessert.  

He is such a fan of fruit and always puts his request in for me to make this.  It was no different this Easter, and again my husband enjoyed it more as a dessert than a salad.

It has a lot of refreshing fruits combined with a creamy sauce that can be made with a regular pudding.   Also, you can substitute sugar free pudding, either way it is a wholesome, healthy fruit salad or a dessert!

Creamy Fruit Salad
  • 2 15 oz. cans Sliced Freestone Peaches, drained, juice reserved
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (or canned pineapple chunks)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, halved or whole (or frozen strawberries)
  • 2 11oz.cans Mandarin oranges 
  • 3 bananas, sliced thick
  • 1 pkg. 4 servings instant vanilla pudding mix (I have made this with sugar free pudding mix)

In a medium bowl, add peach juice together to make 1 cup. Add juice mixture to vanilla pudding and mix until creamy and smooth (If mixture is lumpy, pour through and sieve and it will be fine.); set aside until thickened.  Pour pudding mixture over fruit except bananas mixing well and chill.  Before serving add bananas.

Cook's Note: The sauce maybe somewhat thin, kind of like a glaze. If you would like it thicker and creamier, mix less of the reserved juice into the pudding mix.  You can add other fruits such as seedless grapes, kiwi, and apples, etc. if you prefer.

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  1. I just want to grab a fork and dig in.


  2. This looks the perfect dish for the summer! I will definitely make this one.

  3. This looks perfect for a warm summer afternoon. Would love to have a bowl chilling in the fridge right now. Thanks for posting on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday!

  4. Nothing like a family recipe! Sounds simple but delicious.

  5. Hi! Just stopped by to let you know that your recipe was in the top three at my linky party last week. Hope you'll stop by this week if you have a recipe. The party is up and running.


  6. Kay - somehow I missed this recipe the first time around. I found you at a linky party - this is definitely my kind of dessert to enjoy! LOVE that you can use sugar free pudding too. Will definitely be making this sometime soon. So glad you shared.

  7. maybe this will get my daughter back into fruit salad for school lunches. thanks.

  8. It sounds good both ways. An easy recipe that is sure to please.

  9. That's a great assortment of fruits. Thank you for sharing this recipe for Vintage Recipe Thursday. :-)

  10. This looks like a winner for our summer family gatherings. With so many young grand kids we try to serve healthy deserts. I might make this and set some fruit aside with out the
    creamy sauce just for the little ones.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Stopping by from Vintage Recipe Thursday.