Fast and Easy 5 Minute Fruit Salad Recipe
This is a sweet creamy, light and refreshing, ‘little bit of tangy” fruit salad you can make year round — with canned fruit, and with seasonally available fresh fruit. It’s a crowd pleaser, it’s fast… and you can make it in one bowl!
I’ve been making this fast and easy 5 minute fruit salad recipe for years and years, and when I whipped it up last, I thought you might like this super quick and easy recipe too! So, I grabbed my camera and took some pictures in order to share it with you.
My mom’s been making this since I was a tween, maybe longer. She gave me this recipe when I moved out on my own, and I’ve been making it ever since. Everywhere I take it, and every time I make it, it gets gobbled up.
There is just something about it… I think it’s the secret sauce.
Well, actually… I know it’s the secret sauce. It’s sweet and creamy with just the right zingy tang!!
The great thing about this? You can make it any time of the year because it’s totally a cheater style fruit salad, and you can use only canned fruit! (but it doesn’t taste like it.)
Hello? It’s me here, and I admit, I don’t really “cook” much. I keep it simple in the kitchen. If that’s your jam, you are in the right place! This is fast & easy.
Be warned though.. you may just keep eating this until you feel sick.
Orange Juice approx 2 cups, to taste and sauce thickness desired. (I use max pulp)
SUBSTITUTE: You can also use the juice from the pineapple, in whole or part, to taste
Sour Cream 16 oz.
Jello Instant Pudding in Vanilla, 5.1 oz box
Optional – You can use low sugar orange juice, non-fat sour cream and sugar free pudding and it’s still pretty good!
Canned Peaches 2 (chunk)
Canned Pears 2 (chunk)
Canned Mandarin Oranges 2 (I usually add 3 though)
Canned Pineapple (tidbits or chunk)
2 Fresh Bananas (not shown because I forgot to buy them)
ADD SEASONAL FRUIT AS AVAILABLE – it only makes it better!
Open all fruit and drain well, set aside
You can use a colander and rinse if you are wary of additional sugar from the juice.
Combine your OJ and Pudding mix, blend till creamy. Use a hand mixer for the very best results and maximum creaminess. You can use a whisk though, I did for years.
I did use more than one bowl – because I wanted pretty pictures for you – but it’s not necessary
TIP: if you have a large mixing cup, pour in your pudding mix and fill with OJ to the 3 cup mark. It’s perfect!
Fold sour cream into orange juice and pudding mix. Blend and mix until creamy — this is the delicious sauce that envelopes the fruit and makes this so yummy!
Gently fold fruit into sauce mix.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*If desired, slice Bananas into the fruit salad right before serving and fold in. If you plan to have leftovers, garnish each serving with bananas individually, as they don’t keep well. Otherwise, the rest will stay tasty in the fridge for a few days.
I like to make mine ahead of time so the fruit can suck up all the saucy goodness. You can top with whipped cream or cool whip if you like, we never find it necessary. This has been served at everything from Birthdays, Bridal and Baby Showers to Graduations and BBQ’s – It’s always light and refreshing. Always a hit!!
From my family to yours, I hope you make and enjoy it!!!! xo Shannon
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I made a half batch since my husband doesn’t enjoy any kind of fruit salad. He forced himself to try a bite, and then he ate most of the batch! This is amazing and I’ll definitely be making it again. Thanks for the recipe!
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage says
I just loved this comment and it made me laugh! I sent you a return note 😉
This looks tasty, as my toddlers would say 🙂
Do you think this could be frozen and still taste as good? I don’t think my family of 4 would eat all of this at once.
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage says
Hmm? The sour cream might not be as creamy. It does last in the fridge for at least 3-4 days though. I know that for sure!
Linda Cole says
Sounds & looks wonderful! Can’t wait.to try it. Thanks for the recipe.
Oh how yummy indeed! I am going to have to try this!