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There is nothing better than a fresh salad on a hot summer day.  You can sit outside under a shade tree and eat salad and drink iced tea to cool off.  When I was a child my mother made only one kind of fruit salad.  I love everything in the salad except the mayonnaise!  I would eat the salad but I sure did not think the mayonnaise did it any justice.  When I married and left home I made my own version of fruit salad and I must admit it is delicious!  It has calories though.  One small issue.  But delightful none the less.
Here is my recipe!
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Step 1: Recipe

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Fruit salad recipe:
  • 1 Can fruit cocktail
  • 1 Small carton whipping cream
  • Bunch of grapes
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 2 Sliced bananas
  • 1 Small can Mandarin orange 
  • 1 Small can pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 Strawberries
  • Small pkg coconut
  • 1 cup pecans or just garnish each serving like I did.
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • Marsh mellows opitional "I forgot to add them" 
  • Cherries for garnish
  • Sweeten to taste

Step 2: Whipping Cream

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Whip the whipping cream and vanilla with a mixer for 2 minutes.
Slowly add the sugar.
Mix  until small peaks form.
Put it in the fridge until the fruit is mixed.

Step 3: Prepare Fruit=s cups M

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Add to large mixing bowl:

1 Can Fruit cocktail
1 Can pineapple
1 Can mandarin oranges 
1 Cup grapes
1 Chopped  apple
2 Sliced bananas
1/2 Cup Sliced strawberries
1 Cup pecans
2 Cups marshmallows
1 Cup coconut

Step 4: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I hope this recipe will become one of your families favorite.  We have it at Thanksgiving every year.  I never did tell my mother I did not like her fruit salad.  Thank you for stopping by and do have a very pleasant day!


I like this fruit salad very much.
sunshiine (author)  susanchen20113 years ago
Thank you! It is my favorite. My mom used to make fruit salad with Miracle whip. I liked everything except that. I make mine better as I add pecans and whip cream. Thanks for commenting!

This looks and sounds delicious! I'm going to try it. Did your mom ever try the fruit salad your way? I don't think I'd like the mayo or salad dressing in it either!