Last updated on December 9th, 2020 at 06:35 am
When I was growing up, it would not have seemed like Christmas if my mom’s Fruit Salad was not on the table. This scrumptious, sugary, and delicious treat was devoured in no time. It sat on the plates right there alongside the turkey, ham, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Of course, we were all shocked the year my first sister-in-law joined the family and she informed us that this particular dish was a dessert and should not be served as part of the main course. Being the true Southern eaters that we are, we nodded politely and sat the big bowl down next to the mashed potatoes.
I am happy to say that the Fruit Salad has now become part of my own family tradition and I serve it every year. The kids and grandkids love it! If you are looking for an easy dish to serve at a family gathering or take to a potluck, this is about the easiest one you will find.
Box of Orange Jello
Can of Mandarin Oranges
Can of Diced Pineapples
Container of Whipped Topping
Open both cans of fruit and drain the fruit. Make sure it is drained really well otherwise the juice will make the mixture runny. Add to a large bowl.
NOTE: I usually save the juice to a cup because orange/pineapple juice tastes great!
Empty the container of whipped topping into the bowl.
Pour the box of dry jello over the top.
Stir the contents until they are well mixed together. However, do not over stir as this will cause more juice to leave the fruit and make the mixture runny.
NOTE: At times other than Christmas, I have been known to mess with tradition and substitute the orange jello with other kinds. Once I added fresh strawberries instead of oranges. It is still delicious!
At this point, I know many of you are saying, “How is that a fruit salad?” That is what it was always called and is recorded as such in the family cookbooks. Therefore, I apologize if the title of this post is misleading, but I have to stick with tradition.
If you follow my blog, you know I love simple recipes, especially around the holidays. This one is a great one to use if you are in a last-minute pinch and need something quick and yummy.
Be sure and comment below and let me know how you like it!
Disclaimer: It has come to my attention that a few of my family recipes may possibly be found elsewhere. I am simply giving them to you as they have been written in my family cookbooks for years. Where my family may or may not have obtained them through the years, is a complete mystery to me and any similarities are completely unintentional.