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Pudding Fruit Salad

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Our pudding fruit salad is loaded with delicious fruit smothered in a creamy pudding and whipped cream dressing to create the perfect side for any occasion.
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  1. Pudding Fruit Salad Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This pudding fruit salad will be a welcome addition to potlucks and special occasion meals all year round. Loaded with all the ingredients we love about fluff salad, we mix pudding and whipped topping with plenty of fresh fruit and marshmallows for this delightful treat.

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Pudding Fruit Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3½ tablespoons (½ of a 3.4-ounce box) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, washed and capped
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows 
  • 1 (20-ounce) can of pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 2 (11-ounce) cans of mandarin oranges, drained

PRO TIP:

Make sure you buy seedless grapes for this recipe. If the green grapes at the grocery store don’t look nice, you can just use red grapes in the salad as long as you end up with 2 cups of grapes.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GRAPES: You can substitute black or red seedless grapes for green seedless grapes.

PINEAPPLE: You can substitute drained crushed pineapple for the pineapple tidbits in this great recipe.

MIX-INS: You can add chopped nuts, shredded coconut or coconut flakes, or even drained halved maraschino cherries to the salad for extra texture and crunch.

WHIPPED TOPPING: If you would prefer to use homemade whipped cream in this easy fruit salad, check out our whipped cream recipe.

MARSHMALLOWS: You can choose to use white miniature marshmallows or make your vanilla pudding fruit salad extra fun with rainbow mini marshmallows.

How to Make This Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you have the time, allow this salad to chill for several hours in the fridge. This will allow the flavors to mingle together in your salad.

STEP ONE: Add the thawed whipped topping to a large bowl. 

STEP TWO: Sprinkle the 3½ tablespoons of instant pudding over the whipped topping. Whisk until the pudding and whipped topping are completely combined.

pudding and whipped topping whisked in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add the grapes, sliced strawberries, mini marshmallows, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Stir until the fruit and marshmallows are completely coated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

PRO TIP:

Stir all of the ingredients together carefully as you don’t want to break apart the fruit pieces.

Pudding Fruit Salad ingredients stirred in a bowl

How To Serve

This fruit salad with vanilla pudding is an easy side dish or light dessert. Serve it alongside our grilled chicken and grilled corn on the cob for a delicious summer meal. As a dessert, serve it in a bowl with a cold iced tea on the side to wash it down.

Dessert fluff salads are light and fresh choices for summer meals or special occasions. Our ambrosia salad and overnight fruit salad are two more easy recipes for you to try.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this creamy fruit salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This fruit fluff salad is not recommended for freezing as the creamy dressing may become watery once thawed.

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This pudding fruit salad makes for a refreshing side dish or an easy dessert and does not take a lot of time to make. Loaded with juicy fruit and a creamy dressing, you can’t go wrong adding this to your summer barbecue menu or holiday dinner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store pudding fruit salad?

This classic salad can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days.

Can I add other fruit to this easy fruit salad recipe?

This delicious fruit salad dessert is flexible, and you can easily add different fruits. If you decide to add extra fruit, you may want to consider increasing the amount of dressing

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

It is actually best to make this vintage recipe ahead of time. It gives the salad time to let all the flavors mingle and combine together for an even tastier fluff salad.

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Our pudding fruit salad is loaded with delicious fruit smothered in a creamy pudding and whipped cream dressing to create the perfect side for any occasion.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • tablespoons instant vanilla pudding (½ of a 3.4-ounce box)
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, washed and capped
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 20 ounces pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 22 ounces mandarin oranges, drained

Instructions
 

  • Add the thawed whipped topping to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the 3½ tablespoons of instant vanilla pudding over the whipped topping. Whisk until the pudding, and whipped topping are completely combined.
  • Add the grapes, sliced strawberries, mini marshmallows, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Stir until the fruit and marshmallows are completely coated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Notes

  • Make sure you buy seedless grapes for this recipe. If the green grapes at the grocery store don’t look nice, you can just use red grapes in the salad as long as you end up with 2 cups of grapes.
  • If you have the time, allow this salad to chill for several hours in the fridge. This will allow the flavors to mingle together in your salad.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together carefully as you don’t want to break apart the fruit pieces

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
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