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daddy's holiday best fruit salad

(9 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Judith Watson
Fort Worth, TX

My dad always made this at Thanksgiving.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This easy-to-make fruit salad can be thrown together in a snap. We liked the crunch of the chopped pecans. Shredded coconut adds a bit of texture. The sweet cherry juice brings the flavors together. It can be served with a dollop of whipped cream, but it's not necessary. This is a sweet fruit salad already.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(9 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For daddy's holiday best fruit salad

  • 1 can
    fruit cocktail, in syrup (15.25 oz)
  • 1 can
    pears (15.25 oz)
  • 1 can
    cling peaches (15 oz)
  • 1 can
    crushed pineapple (20 oz)
  • 1 lg
    red delicious apple, peeled
  • 2 tsp
    lemon juice, divided
  • 1 lg
    banana, optional
  • 1 lg
    naval orange
  • 1 bottle
    small maraschino cherries (10 oz)
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1 1/3 c
    shredded coconut
  • whipped cream, optional

How To Make daddy's holiday best fruit salad

Test Kitchen Tips
If using the banana, we recommend adding the slices to the fruit salad right before serving.
  • Drain the canned fruit.
    Drain syrup from canned fruits and set aside.
  • Chop apples and coat in lemon juice.
    Chop apple into medium dice and coat with 1 tsp lemon juice to keep it from browning.
  • Slice bananas and coat in lemon juice.
    Slice banana if using. Coat with 1 tsp lemon juice to keep it from browning.
  • Supreme the orange.
    Supreme the orange.
  • Cut slices into thirds.
    Cut slices into thirds.
  • Drain the cherries and cut them in half.
    Drain juice from cherries and set aside. Halve the cherries.
  • Add ingredients to a bowl.
    Mix fruit cocktail, pears, peaches, oranges, apples, bananas, pineapple, pecans, cherries, and shredded coconut.
  • Add cherry juice.
    Add about 1/4 cup of cherry juice.
  • Refrigerate.
    Refrigerate before serving. Serve with Cool Whip or Whipped cream.