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Overnight Fruit Salad

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This amazing overnight fruit salad recipe is packed with juicy fruit and a sweet custard dressing that you make the day before so that it is ready to serve when you are.
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  1. Overnight Fruit Salad Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Overnight Fruit Salad Recipe
  3. How to Serve
  4. Storage
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This creamy overnight fruit salad recipe is a delightful make-ahead salad that came right out of grandma’s recipe box. A colorful medley of fruit is combined with a simple custard dressing and mini marshmallows for this fun vintage dessert.

Dessert salads are the way to go for a delightful treat. You get the freshness of the fruit combined with a little burst of sweetness. Our grape salad and Snickers salad both feature that tasty combination and add a little bit of fun to your fruit salad.

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Overnight Fruit Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 20-ounce can pineapple chunks (plus juices)
  • 15-ounce can mandarin orange segments (plus juices)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped (2 cups whipped cream or Cool Whip)
  • 2 cups seedless red or green grapes (or a combination)
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 large bananas, sliced into thick slices

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FRUIT: If you have other favorite fruits you’d like to add to this creamy fruit salad, you can. Depending on the time of year, you can add any seasonal fruit to this wonderful salad that you enjoy. During the summer, fresh strawberries or peaches would be a tasty option.

PINEAPPLE: There are plenty of different types of canned pineapple. Pineapple chunks are the right size for this delicious fruit salad recipe but if you can’t find them, pineapple tidbits will work, or you can even use fresh pineapple if you prefer. If you are using fresh, just cut fruit to the desired size and if you don’t have enough pineapple juice, you can substitute water to top up to the needed cup.

LEMON JUICE: Either fresh lemon juice or bottled will work fine in this recipe.

How to Make This Overnight Fruit Salad Recipe

PRO TIP:

The lemon juice will keep the sliced banana from turning brown – I like to slice the bananas just before I can toss them with the custard. The other fruit can be prepared ahead of time. The marshmallows will dry out if removed from their packaging before mixing with the custard.

STEP ONE: Pour the juice from the pineapple chunks and the mandarin oranges into a measuring cup – you will need one cup total. You can combine the two juices or use one and substitute water to make a full cup.

Overnight Fruit Salad process shot of fruit juice being poured into a pot

STEP TWO: In a medium saucepan, pour 1 cup of reserved juices. Add lemon juice to it. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch.

Overnight Fruit Salad process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a pot

STEP THREE: Add the eggs to the juice mixture and whisk until combined and frothy.

Overnight Fruit Salad process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a pot

STEP FOUR: Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk dressing ingredients constantly, cooking until the mixture thickens into a light custard.

Overnight Fruit Salad process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a pot

STEP FIVE: Remove egg mixture from heat, whisk in the butter, and allow to cool completely (about 1 hour).

PRO TIP:

Press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the custard while it cools to prevent it from forming a skin.

STEP SIX: Fold the whipped cream into the custard mixture.

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STEP SEVEN: In a large serving bowl, toss together drained pineapple chunks, drained mandarin oranges, grapes, marshmallows, and pecans. When the custard sauce has cooled, pour it over the fruit mixture and toss to combine.

PRO TIP:

The custard-like sauce is light and flavored with a slightly sweet fruit flavor. Very light, it keeps the fruit salad light and fresh.

STEP EIGHT: Slice bananas and add them to the fruit mixture. Stir gently to ensure that the custard mixture coats the banana slices, but be careful not to mash up the banana.

Overnight Fruit Salad process shot of sliced bananas added to the salad

STEP NINE: Cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

How to Serve

This delicious salad is a yummy choice to serve for special occasions but also easy enough to make for any day of the week. Not only would this salad be a great way to finish a fancy meal such as ​​our glazed ham, roasted vegetables and sweet potato casserole, but it would also be a fun treat for a special breakfast over the holidays. Add our Christmas punch or whipped hot chocolate to drink.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This easy fruit salad recipe will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this salad.

close up shot of a bowl of Overnight Fruit Salad with a spoon

This sweet fruit salad is a fantastic dessert option any time of year. Because it uses canned fruit and other fresh fruit that is available all year, you can always count on being able to whip up this old-fashioned fruit salad.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I add other fruit to this homemade salad?

This 24-hour fruit salad would be delicious with other fruits added. Try peaches, strawberries or blueberries for tasty choices.

Can I freeze this salad?

This fruit cocktail recipe won’t freeze very well, so we recommended making it the day before you would like to serve it.

How long will this salad last in the fridge?

This salad will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge before the fruit starts to get soggy.

Can I leave the pecans out of the recipe?

If you prefer not to add the nuts, you certainly can. Your salad will still taste delicious.

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Overnight Fruit Salad

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This amazing overnight fruit salad recipe is packed with juicy fruit and a sweet custard dressing that you make the day before so that it is ready to serve when you are.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 20 ounces pineapple chunks plus juices
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges plus juices
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream whipped (2 cups whipped cream or Cool Whip)
  • 2 cups seedless grapes
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 large bananas sliced into thick slices

Instructions
 

  • Pour the juice from the pineapple chunks and the mandarin oranges into a measuring cup – you will need one cup total. You can combine the two juices or use one and substitute water to make a full cup.
  • In a medium saucepan, pour 1 cup of reserved juices. Add lemon juice to it. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Add the eggs to the juice mixture and whisk until combined and frothy.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly, cooking until the mixture thickens into a light custard.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in the butter, and allow to cool completely (about 1 hour).
  • Fold the whipped cream into the custard mixture.
  • In a large bowl, toss together drained pineapple chunks, drained mandarin oranges, grapes, marshmallows, and pecans. When the custard has cooled, pour it over the fruit mixture and toss to combine. Slice bananas and add them to the fruit mixture. Stir gently to ensure that the custard mixture coats the banana slices, but be careful not to mash up the banana.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Notes

PRO TIP: The lemon juice will keep the sliced banana from turning brown – I like to slice the bananas just before I can toss them with the custard. The other fruit can be prepared ahead of time. The marshmallows will dry out if removed from their packaging before mixing with the custard.
 
PRO TIP: Press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the custard while it cools to prevent it from forming a skin.
 
PRO TIP: The custard-like sauce is light and flavored with a slightly sweet fruit flavor. Very light, it keeps the fruit salad light and fresh.

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 827IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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