Pudding Fruit Salad

pudding fruit salad Side Dish
Pudding Fruit Salad
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 9

Betty’s own unique take on the classic ambrosia fruit salad cleverly combines refrigerated vanilla pudding, miniature marshmallows and frozen whipped topping with fresh and canned fruit. It’s a desserty salad sensation. Or is it a salady dessert? Either way, it’s delicious! MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 11, 2019


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


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

Expert Tips

  • Top with additional stawberries for each serving as an optional garnish.
  • When serving at parties, to keep the salad cold, place the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice.
  • Make this a kid-friendly dessert instead of as a salad, taking it from summer to fall by trading in chunks of apple for the berries and butterscotch pudding for the vanilla.
  • This summer-fresh salad is a good counterpoint to a buffet of vegetable or green salads. Stock your pantry with canned fruits that complement fresh grapes and berries—canned pears or peaches in juice are great in place of mandarin oranges or pineapple tidbits. Be sure to use the same can size of what you're replacing.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
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Trans Fat
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Vitamin A
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This recipe’s combination of fruit with marshmallows, whipped topping and pudding reads a lot like a recipe from 60 years ago, but trust us, it's delicious, and we’re not the only ones who think so! This sweet and creamy fruit salad is a fan favorite — check out the ratings and reviews. Make it for a family dinner or special occasion, and you’ll see for yourself how quickly this dish disappears. In fact, this is a perfect side for a party, because it serves nine and you can make it ahead. This salad keeps for up to eight hours in the refrigerator, but you certainly don’t have to wait! Serve immediately and remember this tip for keeping it cold: nestle the salad bowl inside a larger ice-filled bowl. Ready for more? Betty's got plenty more fruit-filled recipes for you to try.
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