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Quick Summer Fruit Salad

by Laura

Today’s salad is another quick and easy one.  It also have a festive look to it because of the fruits used.  Blueberries were not on sale when I made this or I would have added them.  It would have been delish!  You can whip this salad up in no time.  It calls for vanilla pudding mix.  Next time I am going to try it with another flavor.

Quick Summer Fruit Salad

  • 1 (5.1 oz) pkg vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits with juice
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional, I think marshmallows would be a yummy substitution)
  • 3 bananas, sliced

1. In a bowl combine the pudding mix and canned pineapple with the juice.  Stir until well blended and all the pudding mixture has dissolved.
2. Fold in the strawberries and blueberries if desired.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. Just before serving, fold in the sliced bananas.
Adapted from Meals 4 Moms

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Jamie Jefferson January 23, 2015 - 12:38 am

Pistachio fruit salad how much do I need to make for 150 people for a funeral I have to make.

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Jamie Jefferson January 23, 2015 - 12:38 am

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Becca May 22, 2014 - 5:24 pm

I just made this tonight with organic pudding and it is really yummy! I think it’s super sweet with the pineapple & it’s juice plus the sugary pudding. It is really runny though because I wasn’t thinking that my organic pudding isn’t “instant” and has to be cooked, so I’m guessing with regular instant pudding it would set up a bit more ? However my daughter & I liked our fruit in “Juice” lol

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Becca May 22, 2014 - 5:24 pm

I just made this tonight with organic pudding and it is really yummy! I think it’s super sweet with the pineapple & it’s juice plus the sugary pudding. It is really runny though because I wasn’t thinking that my organic pudding isn’t “instant” and has to be cooked, so I’m guessing with regular instant pudding it would set up a bit more ? However my daughter & I liked our fruit in “Juice” lol

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KidSafeCandles August 12, 2013 - 8:36 pm

I want to make this to go camping. If I make it ahead of time, will it last a couple days until we eat it? it looks so yummy!!

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Colleen September 7, 2014 - 7:47 am

It will last a few days if you don’t put bananas in it. Otherwise the bananas turn brown.

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KidSafeCandles August 12, 2013 - 8:36 pm

I want to make this to go camping. If I make it ahead of time, will it last a couple days until we eat it? it looks so yummy!!

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Colleen September 7, 2014 - 7:47 am

It will last a few days if you don’t put bananas in it. Otherwise the bananas turn brown.

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Linda March 11, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Would love to make this for upcoming wedding for 150 people….how many does this receipe serve?

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Linda March 11, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Would love to make this for upcoming wedding for 150 people….how many does this receipe serve?

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Jenny September 20, 2012 - 10:09 pm

How many does this serve? I am having 20 people over this weekend…would like to try this recipe but wondering if I need to double or triple it…

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Jenny September 20, 2012 - 10:09 pm

How many does this serve? I am having 20 people over this weekend…would like to try this recipe but wondering if I need to double or triple it…

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Paula August 10, 2012 - 9:30 pm

When I make this, I drain the juice into a small bowl and mix the pudding into the juice. That makes sure that the pudding is well mixed and not lumpy. I also use grapes, apples, mango, peaches or any fresh or frozen fruit that I have. I used blackberries once,but I wouldn’t recommend them. The blackberries broke apart when I added the pudding/juice mixture and turned everything purple. Looked weird, but tasted great.
Recently I have been using yogurt instead of the pudding, usually vanilla Greek yogurt, but sometimes, peach or strawberry fruit in yogurt.

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Sarah June 26, 2013 - 7:05 am

How much greek yogurt do you use?

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Paula August 10, 2012 - 9:30 pm

When I make this, I drain the juice into a small bowl and mix the pudding into the juice. That makes sure that the pudding is well mixed and not lumpy. I also use grapes, apples, mango, peaches or any fresh or frozen fruit that I have. I used blackberries once,but I wouldn’t recommend them. The blackberries broke apart when I added the pudding/juice mixture and turned everything purple. Looked weird, but tasted great.
Recently I have been using yogurt instead of the pudding, usually vanilla Greek yogurt, but sometimes, peach or strawberry fruit in yogurt.

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Sarah June 26, 2013 - 7:05 am

How much greek yogurt do you use?

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Tiff July 29, 2012 - 6:40 am

I thought it was a little bitter too. I think it might have been the fact that you mixed the pudding with the pineapple juice. Maybe use just enough water and omit the pineapple juice? Just a thought. Other than that, it wsa yummy. =)

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Tiff July 29, 2012 - 6:40 am

I thought it was a little bitter too. I think it might have been the fact that you mixed the pudding with the pineapple juice. Maybe use just enough water and omit the pineapple juice? Just a thought. Other than that, it wsa yummy. =)

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Ericaj July 3, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Not sure what happened to mine, but it has a bitter aftertaste that is strong?? Any ideas. It looked so yummy.

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Sally Moseley February 10, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I made it with the pineapple chunks, blueberries, strawberries and bananas with vanilla pudding mix. Mine had a bitter aftertaste, too. Otherwise, it had a pleasant flavor. I added a little honey (about two tablespoons) and it helped with the bitterness.

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Ericaj July 3, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Not sure what happened to mine, but it has a bitter aftertaste that is strong?? Any ideas. It looked so yummy.

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Sally Moseley February 10, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I made it with the pineapple chunks, blueberries, strawberries and bananas with vanilla pudding mix. Mine had a bitter aftertaste, too. Otherwise, it had a pleasant flavor. I added a little honey (about two tablespoons) and it helped with the bitterness.

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Stacia June 8, 2012 - 6:13 pm

I have made this with canned mixed fruit drained, can of pineapple with juice and 2 cans of mandarin oranges drained. Fantastic! I will definitely have to try with the strawberries and blueberries though!

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Stacia June 8, 2012 - 6:13 pm

I have made this with canned mixed fruit drained, can of pineapple with juice and 2 cans of mandarin oranges drained. Fantastic! I will definitely have to try with the strawberries and blueberries though!

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Laura H June 29, 2011 - 9:16 pm

This looks really good!

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Laura H June 29, 2011 - 9:16 pm

This looks really good!

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[email protected] Free Nutrtional Calculator June 28, 2011 - 9:45 pm

I love fruit salad, I experimented it with different fruits that is not usual included, for example I also include citrus like pomelo.

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Shug June 28, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Looks Yummy…
Shug

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Shug June 28, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Looks Yummy…
Shug

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Loy June 28, 2011 - 11:42 am

I have been making this salad for years. It is my grandchildrens’ most requested salad for family dinners. I also make it with instant lemon pudding. Adults seem to like the more sophisticated flavor it provides. The use of lemon pudding also helps prevent the bananas from turning brown if there is any salad left over. I start with the pineapple and canned, drained Mandarin oranges and add any other fruit, fresh or canned, that I want that particular day. I always add chopped apples for crunch and sometimes chopped, toasted nuts. It is a wonderful basic idea that can be made many different ways.

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Laura June 28, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Yum, the pineapple juice in this one also helps with preventing the bananas going brown.

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Chris July 1, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Not sure what I did wrong but this was a total flop! I used sugar free pudding, maybe that was it. It was so dry and thick I couldn’t get it mixed up. Was just a big glob. Are you supposed to actually make the pudding using the milk like on the directions? I was guessing not since the recipe only said mix the pudding with the pineapple and juice. Any suggestions?? It looked great on the website and my husband was looking forward to trying this one. Thanks!

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Jenni July 23, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Im wondering the same thing. I made this with regular pudding and followed the directions exactly but mine was hard to mix, gritty and the blueberries turned the mix a brown color. Doesn’t look anything like the picture. What went wrong?

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Laura July 23, 2012 - 3:38 pm

I don’t know what to say, except just to make sure you did the pineapple WITH the juice and that it was the 20 oz can of pineapple. I also used the Jello brand, not sure if an off brand would cause an issue.

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Shauna May 30, 2013 - 4:22 pm

I just made this with off-brand vanilla pudding and it was insanely delicious, just as a little side note 🙂

Loy June 28, 2011 - 11:42 am

I have been making this salad for years. It is my grandchildrens’ most requested salad for family dinners. I also make it with instant lemon pudding. Adults seem to like the more sophisticated flavor it provides. The use of lemon pudding also helps prevent the bananas from turning brown if there is any salad left over. I start with the pineapple and canned, drained Mandarin oranges and add any other fruit, fresh or canned, that I want that particular day. I always add chopped apples for crunch and sometimes chopped, toasted nuts. It is a wonderful basic idea that can be made many different ways.

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Laura June 28, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Yum, the pineapple juice in this one also helps with preventing the bananas going brown.

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Chris July 1, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Not sure what I did wrong but this was a total flop! I used sugar free pudding, maybe that was it. It was so dry and thick I couldn’t get it mixed up. Was just a big glob. Are you supposed to actually make the pudding using the milk like on the directions? I was guessing not since the recipe only said mix the pudding with the pineapple and juice. Any suggestions?? It looked great on the website and my husband was looking forward to trying this one. Thanks!

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Jenni July 23, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Im wondering the same thing. I made this with regular pudding and followed the directions exactly but mine was hard to mix, gritty and the blueberries turned the mix a brown color. Doesn’t look anything like the picture. What went wrong?

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Laura July 23, 2012 - 3:38 pm

I don’t know what to say, except just to make sure you did the pineapple WITH the juice and that it was the 20 oz can of pineapple. I also used the Jello brand, not sure if an off brand would cause an issue.

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Shauna May 30, 2013 - 4:22 pm

I just made this with off-brand vanilla pudding and it was insanely delicious, just as a little side note 🙂

Crystal's Cozy Kitchen June 28, 2011 - 8:40 am

I forget how much I love fruit salads until I have them! I don’t think I’ve made one with a pudding before though, I usually use yogurt. I’ll have to try it!

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Debra July 19, 2014 - 10:22 am

Yogurt is healthier than pudding ,just wanted to toss that in.

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Crystal's Cozy Kitchen June 28, 2011 - 8:40 am

I forget how much I love fruit salads until I have them! I don’t think I’ve made one with a pudding before though, I usually use yogurt. I’ll have to try it!

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Debra July 19, 2014 - 10:22 am

Yogurt is healthier than pudding ,just wanted to toss that in.

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Heidi June 28, 2011 - 6:57 am

My Aunt Jeanine used to make this for our family reunions every year. We had our first reunion in 18 years this past Saturday and since she’s gone, there was no fruit salad – not like hers anyway. So happy to have this.
Also, she DID use marshmallows in hers, so I’m here to vouch for that idea. Made the sauce even creamier.

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Heidi June 28, 2011 - 6:57 am

My Aunt Jeanine used to make this for our family reunions every year. We had our first reunion in 18 years this past Saturday and since she’s gone, there was no fruit salad – not like hers anyway. So happy to have this.
Also, she DID use marshmallows in hers, so I’m here to vouch for that idea. Made the sauce even creamier.

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Janice Elder June 28, 2011 - 6:24 am

I have also done this using cans of tropical fruit and then add in bananas and strawberries…very yummy.

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Janice Elder June 28, 2011 - 6:24 am

I have also done this using cans of tropical fruit and then add in bananas and strawberries…very yummy.

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