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5-Cup Fruit Salad

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Well, since I had my Paula Deen magazines out, I had another recipe that I wanted to try. It came from the May/June 2008 issue. This 5-cup fruit salad sounded so easy, I had to give it a try. You do have to plan ahead for this salad. It has to chill for 8 hours.

I was also worried how it was going to taste with the sour cream, but the sweetness from all the other ingredients adds to the flavor as it sits in the refrigerator. It was so easy and delicious.

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It’s as easy as using a drained can of pineapple and a drained can of mandarin oranges. Then you add in some flaked coconut and miniature marshmallows. Last you need is some sour cream to combine everything together. Mix and allow to sit in the fridge for the 8 hours. That’s it.

I do wish my family loved coconut as much as I do. I’ll have to make this fruit salad when I am going somewhere else, like a potluck.

5 Cup Fruit Salad l realmomkitchen.com

Here is what you need to make the
5-Cup Fruit Salad

5 Cup Fruit Salad l realmomkitchen.com

5-Cup Fruit Salad

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  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup drained mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup drained pineapple tidbits
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
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  1. My mother in law gave me this recipe many years ago, maybe in 1962. It has been a family favorite.
    I like the idea of putting nuts in a side dish. We love nuts but some people don’t.

  2. We add sliced bananas, maraschino cherries (cut in half), and chopped pecans. We keep the pecans on the side for those who do not like nuts-like my granddaughter Kaitlyn. My grandmother, rip, taught me how to make this about 35 years ago and we continue to enjoy it every holiday. I never tell people that sour cream is used because there have been some in the past who passed on this because they do not like sour cream. But even those cannot tell its sour cream and love it as much as we do. Its fun to tell them after they rave about loving this fruit salad!!!

  3. I’ve been looking for the recipe that uses fruit cocktail instead of pineapple chunks. Can I substitute here??

    1. Sure, why not? Nothing said most recipes *MUST!* be followed exactly – especially one such as this.
      I’m allergic to coconut so I’ll leave that out 🙂