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Vanilla Glazed Fruit Salad

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Get ready for a fruit salad that is a feast for both the eyes, blending the lushness of fresh strawberriesblueberries, and kiwi, with the convenience and sweetness of canned peachesmandarin oranges, and crushed pineapple, all brought together by a lush vanilla glaze. This isn’t just any fruit salad; it’s a masterpiece of flavors and textures, so easy to prepare that it becomes the perfect dessert salad for any event, from a cozy family dinner, to large family reunions or a church potluck. Every bite offers a burst of joy, making it a true celebration of taste. 

Vanilla pudding glazed fruit salad in a glass bowl.

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Ingredients

  • Fresh Fruits: Strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries. This sweet side dish is versatile because you can choose your favorite fruits and are not limited to this list. I do not recommend using raspberries, as they are too soft and will crush when mixing the salad.
  • Canned Fruits: Choose your favorite canned fruits like fruit cocktail or other mixed fruit. For my fruity dessert, I used peaches, mandarin oranges, and maraschino cherries.
  • Crushed Pineapple: This will be used to moisten the vanilla pudding glaze. Do not drain the juice before adding to the salad.
  • Instant Pudding Mix: A small box of pudding will be sprinkled over the fruit and will become the vanilla glaze for this Jello fruit salad recipe.

How to Make Vanilla Glazed Fruit Salad with Jello Instant Pudding

[Step 1] Prepare the fruit by washing and cutting the strawberries and kiwi fruit. Wash the blueberries as well. Drain the juice from the canned peaches, mandarin orange slices, and maraschino cherries.

Ingredients for a vanilla pudding fruit salad.

[Step 2] Add the fresh fruit, canned fruit, and undrained crushed pineapple to a large bowl. Sprinkle the vanilla pudding mix over the fruit. Stir to combine.

Mixed fruit in a bowl sprinkled with instant vanilla pudding.

[Step 3] Refrigerate the Jello mixture for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Fruit in a bowl with instant vanilla pudding.

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How to Store Leftovers

Stashing away leftover fruit salad for later? The trick is ensuring it remains as fresh and delightful as when you first made it. I swear by using an airtight container or wrapping the bowl tightly with plastic wrap to ward off any air that could make the fruits soggy. Typically, you can keep this vibrant concoction in the refrigerator and it will stay scrumptious for up to three days. A little tip from me to you, to keep those colors bright and taste just right!

A bowl of fruit salad glazed with vanilla pudding.

Recipe Variations

  • Use a different flavor of Jello pudding like white chocolate, cheesecake, French Vanilla, or lemon.
  • Use sugar-free Jello pudding to lighten up the glaze.
  • Mix up the taste with different fruits.
  • Add pecans, sliced almonds. or walnuts to the salad.
  • Mix in some coconut for a tropical twist.
Fruit salad in a Mickey Mouse-shaped bowl.

Helpful Tips

  • Cut the fruit into smaller pieces for that eye-catching look. A delicate chop lets every spoonful burst with a variety of flavors. 
  • Opt for a large bowl to mix your ingredients with ease, turning the chore of stirring into a breeze. 
  • Select the freshest fruits your local grocer has to offer. The quality of your ingredients directly influences the final taste of your salad. 
  • Drain your canned fruits thoroughly to keep excess liquid at bay, ensuring your salad remains delightfully light and fluffy. 
  • Serve in a clear glass bowl for a stunning display. It’s not just about tasting great; it’s about looking great, too. 
Vanilla pudding glazed fruit salad in a glass bowl.

Vanilla Glazed Fruit Salad

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fresh and canned fruit mixed together with a delicious vanilla glaze. The perfect fruit salad for familiy get togethers and potlucks.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 Ounce) Container Strawberries
  • 1 (18 Ounce) Container Blueberries
  • 5 Kiwis
  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Peaches, drained
  • 1 (15 Ounce) Can Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • 1 (10 Ounce) Jar Maraschino Cherries, drained
  • 1 (20 Ounce) Can Crushed Pineapple
  • 1 (3.4 Ounce) Package Instant Vanilla Pudding

Instructions

  1. Prepare the fruit by washing and cutting the strawberries and kiwi fruit. Wash the blueberries as well. Drain the juice from the canned peaches, mandarin orange slices, and maraschino cherries.
  2. Add the fresh fruit, canned fruit, and undrained crushed pineapple to a large bowl. Sprinkle the vanilla pudding mix over the fruit. Stir to combine.
  3. Refrigerate the fruit mixture for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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