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Easy Fruit Salads

Updated on March 14, 2016
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Good for a crowd or simply as a side dish for your family's dinner you will definitely enjoy the fruits of the season (or maybe canned) in my recipes below. Some people might prefer it as a dessert since it is a bit sweet. Healthy alternatives are my niche when it comes to making dinner for my family of four or even when I entertain.

This recipe was given to me from a teacher I knew some years ago, however, I have modified it to be more healthy. They only take about 5 minutes to assemble and chill time is about an hour or so; if you put it in a metal bowl before serving even faster!

Cherry Fruit Salad

1 can Cherry pie filling

I can mandarin oranges drained

1 can chunk (or tidbits) of pineapple drained

mini-marshmallows

2 bananas, diced (not to ripe)

Mix first three ingredients together and chill.

A couple hours before serving add your marshmallows. About 2 cups or a handful, whatever you prefer. Just before serving add your sliced bananas and fold in.

OPTION:

When I use fresh, I opt for tangerines and add two tablespoons of pineapple juice (not syrup) from the can to fresh pineapple.

After making it a few times over a few years, I decided to brainstorm and think of other fruit combinations etc; and the following recipe I used on my sister-in-law and her husband, who is very picky, so I was really happy that it turned out so well. Without doubling this recipe serves about 5-6 people.

Raspberry & Nectarine Walnut Salad

1 can raspberry pie filling

2-3 nectarines

1 jar peach halves, quartered (drain leaving 2-3 Tablespoons)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup mini-marshmallows

Use 2 Tablespoons of the juice from the peaches and combine together.

Add marshmallows and chill for another hour or so

As long as you love fresh fruit , there are so many alternatives to healthy eating that you can add to your menu for any size party. I almost always bought the fruit in bulk so that we had more to put in to our cereals or maybe top some yogurt.

We also enjoyed, around the holidays especially, when I would add all the fresh fruit to a baked or bought angel food cake. The trifles I made were awesome, adding the cool whip, some pudding and maybe even some fruit flavored liqueur. They were also modified because most recipes I found were made with pound cake, and the angel food was so much lighter for summer desserts.

The recipe below was changed for my holiday gatherings because it required making your own whip cream and using the pudding and pie filling mix. Instant was just as good and also saved a lot of time. I did however use the pound cake here and I made it the night before so the flavors sat longer.

Easy Orange-Cran Dessert

1 pkg Instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups skim milk

1 frozen pound cake

1/4 cup orange juice or orange flavored liqueur

3/4 cup frozen Cran-Orange sauce thawed

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, rinsed and drained

Cool whip

Extra raspberries for topping the trifle.


Combine pudding and milk then chill for 1/2 hr to 45 minutes.

Cut pound cake into small squares, and arrange first layer on bottom with following:

Cake first sprinkling with about 2 Tblsp of juice or liqueur

Spread 1/3 of Cran-orange sauce and then top with fruit.

After folding together the cool whip and pudding, spread that over the fruit, and repeat the layers.

Top with any remaining cool whip and refrigerate another hour before serving.

Top with extra raspberries.


The original recipe called for heavy cream and whole milk along with the regular pound cake and pudding/pie filling mix. Since I purchased the "light or less fat" pound cake, skim milk, cool whip and instant pudding mix; I would guess the nutritional value is better, than the original. Calories for 1 serving was 280/from fat 125, cholesterol 55mg, and sodium 100 mg.

Obviously, with making my changes you're cutting a lot more fat from this. This recipe might serve about twenty people, depending, of course, on how much they put on their plate.

It's amazing that just by having fun changing up recipes, {if you love to cook}, will also make for better eating habits!













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