My easy fruit cocktail salad features a rainbow of different fruit and a sauce made with pineapple and vanilla pudding that is incredible! This is a fabulous summer side dish or dessert that can be made using fresh or canned fruit, it's delicious either way! Try a refreshing fruit cocktail salad at your next get-together!
2 ½cupsfresh pineapple(cut into chunks, reserve the juice from cutting your fresh pineapple or draining the canned chunks)
2cupsmandarin oranges(peeled and sliced)
2cupsstrawberries(fresh, cleaned, stem removed, and sliced)
5cupsred seedless grapes
2largeapples(washed, cored, and cut into bite-sized chunks)
2largebananas(sliced - *see note)
In a small mixing bowl, combine ½ a cup of pineapple juice reserved from your fresh or canned pineapple with the vanilla pudding mix (*see note). Stir until the pudding mix is completely dissolved, set aside.
3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
Slice and prepare your fruit. Then, combine all the fruit in a very large mixing bowl. Pour the prepared pudding mixture over all of the fruit and mix gently to combine.
2 ½ cups fresh pineapple, 2 cups mandarin oranges, 2 cups strawberries, 5 cups red seedless grapes, 2 large apples, 2 large bananas
Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.