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5 Cup Salad

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This 5 cup salad is a creamy and sweet spin on traditional fruit salad with bright pineapple, cherries and oranges combined with marshmallows and covered in a tangy sour cream dressing.
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  1. 5 Cup Salad Ingredients
  2. How to Make This 5 Cup Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our 5 cup salad is named perfectly since you only need five ingredients, each measuring one cup, to make this simple and delicious salad recipe. Colorful pineapple, mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries are mixed with mini marshmallows and a simple sour cream dressing to create this creamy fruit salad.

This vintage recipe is not the only sweet fruit salad we love. Our ambrosia salad and cherry fluff are two more reader favorites that you can’t forget to include in your potluck menu ideas.

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5 Cup Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup of drained and halved maraschino cherries, no stems
  • 1 cup of miniature marshmallows 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

COCONUT: You can substitute sweetened coconut flakes for the cherries.

NUTS: Add nuts for an added crunch in this classic recipe.

PINEAPPLE: You can substitute drained pineapple tidbits or drained crushed pineapple for the pineapple chunks.

MARSHMALLOWS: You can substitute the multicolored miniature marshmallows for the plain miniature marshmallows.

SOUR CREAM: Greek yogurt is a popular choice as a substitute for sour cream and it will work well in this recipe as well.

TOPPING: Add a scoop of Cool Whip on top for an extra sweet treat in this yummy fruit salad.

How to Make This 5 Cup Salad Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This easy five cup salad recipe can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. This gives it time to allow all the flavors to mingle together.

STEP ONE: Add the sour cream to a medium-sized mixing bowl, and whisk to remove any lumps.

STEP TWO: Fold in the pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries, and mini marshmallows just until combined. 

PRO TIP:

Stir the fruit together carefully as you don’t want to break the pieces of fruit up in the salad.

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STEP THREE: Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve while cold.

PRO TIP:

Don’t skip the chilling step. This salad needs time for all the flavors to blend together to make it even tastier.

How To Serve

Enjoy this dessert salad either as a side dish or dessert. It’s the perfect recipe to bring to a family gathering or serve at a special occasion. Everyone will love the delightfully sweet flavors of this creamy salad. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this salad as the creamy texture will change and the fruit will become mushy once thawed.

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This 5 cup salad is packed with sweet ingredients smothered in a creamy dressing. Your whole family will love the way this simple fruit salad has been dressed up with the fun marshmallows and tangy sour cream.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use fruit cocktail instead of just the pineapple?

If you would like to include additional fruit in this 5-cup fruit salad recipe, you can change it up. Just try to stick to the 1 cup measurement for each of the ingredients.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This recipe is actually better made ahead of time so that it has time to sit in the fridge and allow all the flavors to mingle.

How do I store this salad?

You can keep this salad in the fridge for up to three days. We don’t recommend freezing the salad as the fruit will become mushy once thawed.

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5 Cup Salad

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This 5 cup salad is a creamy and sweet spin on traditional fruit salad with bright pineapple, cherries and oranges combined with marshmallows and covered in a tangy sour cream dressing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 5 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup drained and halved maraschino cherries, no stems
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • Add the sour cream to a medium-sized mixing bowl, and whisk to remove any lumps.
  • Fold in the pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries and miniature marshmallows just until combined.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve while cold.

Notes

  • This easy five cup salad recipe can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. This gives it time to allow all the flavors to mingle together.
  • Stir the fruit together carefully as you don’t want to break the pieces of fruit up in the salad.
  • Don’t skip the chilling step. This salad needs time for all the flavors to blend together to make it even tastier.

Nutrition

Sodium: 48mg | Calcium: 98mg | Vitamin C: 15mg | Vitamin A: 597IU | Sugar: 36g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 199mg | Cholesterol: 24mg | Calories: 248kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 9g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 42g | Iron: 1mg
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