July 4, 2015

Overnight Fruit Salad

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On the Menu Today~
~Overnight Fruit Salad~

I am a huge fan of fruit salads.
In fact, I have never tasted a fruit salad I didn't like.
Fruit salads are versatile, easy to prepare and
when fresh fruit is in season, nothing else compares.

When fresh fruit isn't in season...
canned fruit fills in beautifully...
Fruit salads are always a hit when served at parties,
summer picnic's, during fall football games and
when they make an appearance on your holiday table.

Let's Get Started~

What makes this fruit salad so tasty is
while this salad sits in the refrigerator overnight
the mini marshmallows get nice and soft.
It's almost like they melt into the whipped topping/
pudding mixture.
Overnight fruit salad is absolutely 
Delicious~



Note:
Before making this fruit salad,
the canned fruit in this recipe needs to be completely dry.
Start this salad 2 days in advance..
draining the fruit overnight in the refrigerator the first day



Overnight Fruit Salad

Ingredients
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, well drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, well drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can pitted dark sweet cherries, well drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can sliced peaches, diced and well drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can fruit cocktail, well drained
  • 1 (3 oz) box instant vanilla or lemon pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk*
  • 2 cups cool-whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • Ambrosia Variation
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 (3 oz) box instant coconut pudding mix
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all fruit in a large colander set over a large bowl.
  2. Drain fruit in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Discard juices or save for another recipe.
  4. Follow directions on package of pudding mix, using 1 1/4 cups milk, whisk until thick.
  5. Fold in the cool whip. Gently fold in drained fruits and mini marshmallows into the pudding/whipped topping mixture.
  6. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. For Ambrosia Directions:
  8. Place all fruit in a large colander set over a large bowl.
  9. Drain fruit in the refrigerator overnight
  10. Discard juices or save for another recipe.
  11. Follow directions on package of coconut pudding mix, using 1 1/4 cups milk, whisk until thick.
  12. Fold in the cool whip. Gently fold in drained fruits, mini marshmallows, sweetened flaked coconut and pecans into the pudding/whipped topping mixture.
  13. Refrigerate overnight.





*Add multi-colored mini marshmallows for a fun twist
*The amount of milk depends on how thick you want your fruit salad.
Fruit, SaladOrange, Pineapple, Marshmallow
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