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Pudding Fruit Salad

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  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 9
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Our take on ambrosia, this light, sweet, perfect for any season pudding fruit salad combines fresh fruit, canned fruit and sweets like marshmallows, Cool Whip whipped topping and vanilla pudding. Its refreshing flavor makes this salad a great dish for any BBQ or outdoor gathering. And with only 80 calories per serving, you can go for a second helping without the guilt. This pudding fruit salad is an all star addition to any table!
Updated May 16, 2024
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What is pudding fruit salad?

Light and luscious, pudding fruit salad combines fresh fruit, canned fruit and fluffy miniature marshmallows. All this fruity goodness gets mixed up with a velvety sauce made with vanilla pudding and Cool Whip whipped topping. Serve it immediately or keep it in the fridge for later. It could not be more simple, or more delicious!

When do you serve pudding fruit salad?

This nearly effortless dessert makes an amazing addition to any party or special occasion. (Of course, it’s so simple to prepare there’s no need to wait for a special occasion.) Cool and creamy, pudding fruit salad is the ideal treat for a summer BBQ or backyard gathering. It’s perfect for a potluck, since you can assemble it several hours beforehand. The vibrant slices of fruit make a pretty presentation that is always eye-catching, no matter what else is on the table.


  • 1 container (4 oz) refrigerated vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 1 can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits in juice, drained
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced


  • 1
    In medium bowl, mix pudding and whipped topping.
  • 2
    Gently stir in grapes, marshmallows, oranges and pineapple.
  • 3
    Add strawberries; toss gently to coat.
  • 4
    Serve immediately or store in refrigerator up to 8 hours.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For an optional garnish, top each serving of Pudding Fruit Salad with additional strawberries.
  • tip 2
    When serving at parties, keep your fruit salad bowl cold by placing it in a larger bowl filled with ice.
  • tip 3
    Take this fruit salad from summer to fall by trading the berries for chunks of apple and vanilla pudding for butterscotch.
  • tip 4
    A fruit salad made with vanilla pudding is a good counterpoint to a buffet of vegetables or green salads. The combination of fresh grapes and berries with sweet canned mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits is a great way to liven up any spread.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of fruit is in pudding fruit salad?

This pudding fruit salad recipe features a mixture of canned and fresh fruit. Green grapes and fresh strawberries mingle with pineapple chunks and mandarin orange slices for the perfect array of color and texture. But you don’t have to stop there! Feel free to customize the blend of fruit to suit your taste. You can add blueberries for more color, or substitute canned fruit cocktail for the oranges or pineapple for extra variety. Go ahead and experiment with different blends of canned and fresh fruit until you have your own ideal combination!

Is pudding fruit salad a side dish or a dessert?

It’s both! This strawberry, grape, and mandarin orange salad with vanilla pudding is sweet enough to stand in for your favorite dessert, and light enough that you can pile your plate high. It also tastes great alongside savory dishes, so don’t feel bad if you can’t wait until dessert to dig in!

How do you store leftover pudding fruit salad?

Leftover pudding fruit salad can be stored in an airtight container or tightly covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for a day. However, it is best to enjoy it within 8 hours of preparing. The fruit releases juice as it sits, which can make the pudding mixture thin and soupy.


80 Calories, 1 1/2g Total Fat, 0g Protein, 17g Total Carbohydrate, 13g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
1 1/2g
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
0 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Make your next potluck or picnic stress-free! Pudding Fruit Salad is a sweet and super simple twist on a traditional fruit salad recipe. The rainbow of delicious fruit always looks lovely–and no one needs to know how easy it was to make!
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