Heavenly Hash Fruit Salad

Marilyn Deacon Recipe

By Marilyn Deacon sedonaspirit

15 to 20 people
2 Hr 30 Min
No-Cook or Other

This recipe is been passed down through 4 generations in our family via my mother's side, with some slight changes made over the years, due to the grocery products now available. For instance, the original recipe used whipped cream, but for convenience and lower calories, Cool Whip is now substituted.

This salad is always on the menu for Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house, and putting it together makes a wonderful family project that would allow children to help, too.

I would also like to mention that this salad is even better the next day, so it is delicious with the other leftovers from the holiday.

I hope your family loves this as much as mine does!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Now, when Marilyn says you need a big bowl, she means you need a BIG bowl! This salad makes enough to take to a very large gathering... but my guess it that it will still disappear in seconds flat.


1 bunch
seedless white grapes, removed from stem and washed
1 bunch
seedless dark grapes, removed from stems and washed
4-5 medium
delicious apples, cored, sliced into 8th's, and then into about 1/2 inch pieces. leave skin on for color and extra fiber. (peel if you wish)
1 bottle
8 oz maraschino cherries, seeded, stemmed and well drained
2 can(s)
6.5 oz, mandarin orange sections, well drained
1 bunch
celery hearts, cut into small cubes (leaves removed)
2 can(s)
20 oz pineapple chunks, very well drained
1 bunch
bananas (4-5 medium), peeled and sliced
1 pkg
miniature marshmallows (or large marshmallows cut into fourths w/ kitchen scissors)
1-1/2 lb
walnut pieces
16 oz
cool whip (2-8 oz tubs) topping, thawed
2-1/2 c
mayonnaise, light
2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
2 Tbsp
granulated sugar (or to taste)
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp
rum or almond extract (your choice, to taste)

Directions Step-By-Step

FIRST, you will need 1 very large bowl for the salad, and a medium mixing bowl for mixing dressing. (My VERY LARGE bowl is about 15 inches in diameter, and about 10 inches tall.)
Wash and drain all fresh fruits and celery. and allow to drain until as dry as possible. Drain all canned ingredients well.
Remove grapes from stems, cut in half if you wish, and add to the large mixing bowl. Cut cherries in half, if you wish (and remove stems if needed), Add all to the salad bowl, along with drained canned orange segments and pineapple chunks.
Cut up apples and celery as directed in ingredients list. Add to the large bowl(as per above). Peel and slice bananas, and add to salad bowl,
If using large marshmallows, cut them into quarters with kitchen shears into salad bowl. (If using miniature marshmallows, just add them to the salad bowl.)
Add walnut pieces to the salad bowl.
To make the salad dressing, place thawed Cool Whip in a medium mixing bowl. Add mayonaise and whisk them together, Add sugar, spices, and rum (or almond) extract. Whisk well to thoroughly combine.
Pour dressing over salad in large bowl, and gently fold all ingredients with a rubber spatula until well coated with dressing. Place saran wrap snugly over salad bowl. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Salads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Sherri Mollett hillbilleegirl
Mar 28, 2010
This sounds wonderful!! I can't wait until the next family gathering to try it!
Jan Mullikin jmulliki
May 3, 2010
Marilyn, thanks for this recipe. I clicked on it to see if it was different from mine. I've never added the extract, cinnamon, cloves, sugar or mayo though so am anxious to try it. Sounds like it would give some punch to my traditional recipe.
claudine smith claudizzle
May 18, 2010
I also make this Heavenly Hash recipe, but only used the cool whip for the dressing. I will add the spices, sugar and extract next time. Thanks!!!
Trina Baker zebracraze
May 21, 2010
This sounds wonderful and maybe try adding some coconut to it
Susie ENTWISLE susansuno
May 21, 2010
I can not wait to try it,know it will be a big hit!Thanks so much,Susie
Tess (TJM) Moore tmoo
Jun 9, 2010
Sounds wonderful... my mother made a heavenly hash fruit salad and put coconut in it& fruit cocktail assortment instead of individual fruit...or now tropical fruit cocktail is available...... I'm looking forward to your spiced up cool whip... Thanks for sharing... Tess
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Jul 29, 2010
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

Now, when Marilyn says you need a big bowl, she means you need a BIG bowl! This salad makes enough to take to a very large gathering... but my guess it that it will still disappear in seconds flat.
Linda Jones luv2cooknfla
Oct 8, 2010
Oh my gosh..I have been wanting this recipe forever..thank you. funny story to share. Years and years ago, my mother made her Hevenly Hash for a meetin she was hosting at home. I remember how hard she worked to make sure it was PERFECT. She was so proud when it was finished. Then, she picked up the beautiful glass bowl she had put it in to transfer it to the fridge, knocked the bowl on the counter and a big piece of glass went into the bowl of hash. Needless to say she couldn't serve it and I can still see her standing there crying. Don't remeber what she served instead. Bless her heart..she was soooo upset!
Scarlett DeNinno walkfarwmn
Oct 12, 2010
Very delicious! We used to put chopped walnut in also and coconut too.
Laura Guisbert-Clark CookieGoddess
Oct 25, 2010
Sounds delish, but I dont care for mayo, so I would just use whipped cream, and add chopped dates for a little chewiness. I would also omit the celery, spices and extracts. Whip cream can carry this dish on its own. (I,m not even sure about the marshmellows..) Coconut would also be a great addition to this dish.
Vivian Queen-Chase MsVivian
Oct 30, 2010
Hi Marilyn, I think this sounds great. I'll be adding this to my Thanksgiving meal. Everyone is coming to our house this year, so a large salad is needed.
Jewel Hall 0124
Nov 13, 2010
I could eat this without another item on the menu and be contented. Thanks...Fruit salads and congealed salads are my favorite foods.
Mar 21, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: SALADS
Lisa McShane grniidmnstr
Apr 26, 2011
My grandmother made this for every family gathering when she was alive. She also put coconut in hers but did not use cinnamon and cloves in it. It was my favorite (well all her food was my favorite...really miss her cooking. Nobody cooks like my gramma did!)
Dawn Herkimer dawnherk
May 31, 2011
sounds divine ,I'll have to leave out the oranges thou my daughter is allergic to citrus. I like the idea of adding nuts. Some cranberries would be nice too. My family loves fresh fruit and vegetables.