Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe (Thanksgiving Fruit Salad)

This creamy fruit salad recipe is one of those dishes that will bring you back to childhood. It’s sweet and satisfying – perfectly paired with cherries, apples, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. We like to call it Thanksgiving Fruit Salad because it’s extra special! Make sure you check out our list of cooking recipe for kids, too!

I love a good fruit salad. Especially one that I can make ahead of time! This creamy fruit salad recipe is extra special because it has a sweet creamy dressing that makes it feel extra special. That’s why I like to call it Thanksgiving Fruit Salad! 

This creamy fruit salad is the perfect side dish for thanksgiving dinner or a backyard barbecue. It's perfectly sweet and could even pass as a healthy dessert. Recipe from aileencooks.com.
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What fruit goes in creamy fruit salad?

This creamy fruit salad includes mostly canned fruit with a dose of fresh chopped apples mixed in. It’s a great Fall fruit salad!

I love that this creamy fruit salad is made with mostly pantry items. The only fresh fruit required is an apple. I used a sweet gala apple in this creamy fruit salad, but granny smith would work, too.

This creamy fruit salad is the perfect side dish for thanksgiving dinner or a backyard barbecue. It's perfectly sweet and could even pass as a healthy dessert. Recipe from aileencooks.com.

How to make Thanksgiving Fruit Salad

  1. Make the dressing: Mix together vanilla yogurt and thawed whipped topping until fully combined.
  2. Fruit: Chop up the apple and mix it into the creamy dressing. Add in the canned fruit – cherries, pineapple, and mandarin oranges.
  3. Chill: Refrigerate the creamy fruit salad for at least 1 hour.
  4. Serve: Serve the thanksgiving fruit salad cold. Refrigerate any leftovers.
This creamy fruit salad is the perfect side dish for thanksgiving dinner or a backyard barbecue. It's perfectly sweet and could even pass as a healthy dessert. Recipe from aileencooks.com.

Can you make fruit salad the night before?

Yes. You can make this thanksgiving fruit salad the night before and store it in your refrigerator. Although there are apples in this recipe that can brown, they are covered by the creamy dressing, so it’s not something you have to worry about. 

Creamy fruit salad is a great make-ahead thanksgiving side that is sure to please kids and adults alike! 

How long will fruit salad last in fridge?

Fruit salad will last in the fridge for about 3 days. Any longer than that, and the fruit will start to go bad and will lose it’s consistency.

This creamy fruit salad is the perfect side dish for thanksgiving dinner or a backyard barbecue. It's perfectly sweet and could even pass as a healthy dessert. Recipe from aileencooks.com.
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Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe (Thanksgiving Fruit Salad)

This creamy fruit salad recipe is one of those dishes that will bring you back to childhood. It's sweet and satisfying - perfectly paired with cherries, apples, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. We like to call it Thanksgiving Fruit Salad because it's extra special!

Cuisine American
Keyword creamy fruit salad, creamy fruit salad recipe, fruit salad for thanksgiving dinner, fruit salad recipe for thanksgiving dinner, thanksgiving fruit salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 232 kcal
Author aileencooks.com

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, defrosted
  • 1 6-ounce container vanilla yogurt
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 10-ounce jar Maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 8-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 medium apple chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the whipped topping and vanilla yogurt. Mix well.
  2. Fold in the crushed pineapple, Maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges, and chopped apple.
  3. Mix until the fruit is evenly coated.
  4. Chill the creamy fruit salad for at least 1 hour. Use within three days.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe (Thanksgiving Fruit Salad)
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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