Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe: Refreshing Twist on a Classic Favorite!

Fruit Cocktail Salad is a yummy mix of fresh fruits! It’s all-natural, no fake stuff, just good stuff! You can have it as a healthy dessert with cookies or as a side salad with chicken or ham.

It’s super easy to make, great for sudden gatherings, and perfect for Easter. And if you want a holiday twist, try making a Christmas Fruit Salad version.

This fruit salad is a special and healthy recipe made with different fruits and creamy yoghurt. It’s a tasty change from the usual cereal or cornflakes with fruit and milk. It’s full of good stuff for your body and makes a complete meal.

Kids and adults both love it, especially if they don’t like plain fruits. It’s a yummy alternative! You can also try different ways to make this creamy and tasty fruit cocktail salad even better!

Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe

Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe

This fruit cocktail salad is a super simple dessert, perfect for Easter! It's a hit at holiday parties in the Midwest and church potlucks. You can make it in under 10 minutes, and it's so handy – you can even make it the day before! Just wrap it up tightly with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge. This salad tastes even better if you let it sit in its juices for a while. I like to let it chill in the fridge for about 3 to 4 hours before serving.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 115 kcal


  • Large bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board


  • 1 can 30 ounces Fruit cocktail, with the juice
  • 2 small Apples
  • 2 spears Fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • 2 cups seedless Grapes
  • 2 small Fresh seedless mandarin oranges peeled and broken into pieces
  • 1 medium Banana


  • Pour the whole can of fruit cocktail into a big bowl.
  • Cut the apples into small pieces and put them in the bowl with the fruit cocktail to stop them from going brown.
  • Cut the pineapple into small bits and add them to the bowl.
  • If the grapes are big, cut them in half and throw them in too.
  • Peel the oranges, break them into pieces, and mix them in with the rest. If you’re not eating it right away, cover it and put it in the fridge.
  • Just before serving, peel the banana, chop it into pieces, and mix it in for that last burst of flavor.


  • Don’t pour out the juice from the fruit cocktail. The juice stops the apples from going brown.
  • You can prepare the salad in advance, but wait to add the banana until just before serving.
  • Use a slotted spoon to serve the salad.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories115 kcal
Vitamin A 290IU
Vitamin C12mg
Saturated Fat1g

Should Fruit Salad be Served at Room Temperature?

Should Fruit Salad be Served at Room Temperature?

It’s best to keep your fruit salad in the fridge in a closed container until you’re ready to serve it. But if you don’t like your fruit too cold, you can take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before serving.

How Long Does Homemade Fruit Salad Last?

Fruit salad tastes best when you eat it within three days. But if you keep it in the fridge in a closed container, it can stay good for up to five days. Just remember to put it in the fridge soon after you mix the fruits.

How Do You Keep Fruit Salad Fresh?

To make your cut fruits last longer, you can put them in a closed container in the fridge. Sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on them to stop them from turning brown. And if you want to make it even tastier, add a bit of sweetener!

Can You Make Fruit Salad Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! It’s perfect for making ahead. Mix it up the day before, then store it in a closed container in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy it.

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