Glazed Summer Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad (3 of 4)

With the Fourth of July coming up, I thought I would share an easy and crowd pleasing side dish/dessert that you can throw together at the last minute.  My mom has been making this fruit salad for years and years and it always gets gobbled up in a hurry.  The secret ingredient is pudding mix, which seems like an odd addition, but trust me it creates a lovely glaze that compliments the fruit perfectly! This is so refreshing and easily doubled for a huge crowd, though the recipe below does serve quite a few people already.  And the great thing about it is you can use whatever fruit you have on hand, though I do recommend not leaving out the apples or mandarin oranges as they seem to make the salad sing!

Fruit Salad (4 of 4)

Glazed Summer Fruit Salad
Source: My Mom

Ingredients:
2 medium apples, diced
2 medium peaches, peeled & diced
1/2 lb. strawberries, hulled & quartered
1 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup blueberries
2 bananas, diced
1/2 to 3/4 cup orange juice
1 small (3.4 oz.) packet instant vanilla pudding mix

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir together the apples, peaches, strawberries & mandarin oranges.  Add in 1/2 cup of the orange juice and sprinkle in the pudding mix.  Stir to combine.  Gently fold in the blueberries & bananas until incorporated.  If glaze is too thick, add an additional 1/4 cup orange juice.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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    1. how perfect for the 4th…and i would have never guessed a vanilla puding mix is used…can’t wait to try. pinning :-)
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    2. The pudding mix sounds like a great idea! The glaze makes all the difference!
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    3. Ruth Johnson says:

      Yum!!

    4. Oooh, pudding mix! What a fantastic idea, I never would’ve thought of that on my own! I bet it does taste amazing and yes, perfect for bbq’s!
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    5. Do you use instant or cooked pudding mix? Going to do this for the 4th!

    6. I’ve never had a fruit salad like this, it sounds amazing!!

    7. This is perfect, Steph! I’m adding this to my Salad Sundays rotation, for sure!!

    8. my husband loves a version of this salad- i like the addition of blueberries. yum!
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    9. Sarah Holsomback says:

      Eva and I just made your fruit salad. It’s in the fridge chilling; can’t wait to have it for lunch! Thanks Steph!

    10. Charlene Joy says:

      wE MAKE A VERSION OF THIS IN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA WHERE I WORK. wE ADD CANNED PINEAPPLE AND SAVE THE JUICE TO MAKE THE GLAZE INSTEAD OF THE ORANGE JUICE. kIDS LOVE IT AND IT’S SO GOOD FOR THEM.

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