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Christmas Fruit Salad

It was at the very first Thanksgiving I spent with my husband's family that I tasted this for the first time. My mother-in-law shared the recipe. I serve it for special occasions, plus it's a main-stay at the potlucks we have at work. After 41 years of marriage, my husband and I still enjoy the salad - along with our four children and their spouses and our nine grandchildren. -Ina Vickers, Dumas, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups halved green grapes
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • In a large saucepan, combine egg yolks, water, vinegar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and reaches 160°. Remove from the heat and cool; fold in whipped cream.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 293 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Karl
    Dec 24, 2020

    Great Christmas fruit salad! This was my first time making it and it went well, very easy if you have all the ingredients ready to go before you start. I added some pomegranate seeds for more color and crunchiness.

  • Plg12
    Nov 22, 2020

    I have been making this for years. I add pecans to half of the salad and none to the other half. I also on occasion use half whipping cream and half dream whip to make it sweeter. Make it every year for Thanksgiving, and sometimes again on Christmas.

  • Pamela
    Dec 19, 2018

    I made this, this morning and you do have to be a experienced cook to make the custard and cool things properly. It is a fantastic salad....perfect in fact. Wonderful flavor with cider......

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 8, 2017

    This yummy fruit salad is perfect for the holidays!!

  • EuniceM1971
    Dec 23, 2016

    No comment left

  • Sherry9109
    Dec 22, 2015

    Do not bother making this the recipe is wrong calls for white vinegar which I think it should be lemon juice and it doesn't thicken up what a waste of my money

  • Hannah0418
    Jan 29, 2015

    Okay - not worth the time it takes to make

  • vewebber58
    Dec 30, 2013

    This turned out to be delicious and received raves, but I had to add about 1/2 c. sugar to it after mixing it all together. The recipe calls for white vinegar, and all I had was cider vinegar, so I used that. Maybe that was why it just wasn't sweet enough. But no problem.....the added sugar cut the vinegar that was over-powering everything and made it taste good Everyone loved it.

  • jefruth
    Sep 4, 2013

    I first made this recipe for my mother and dads 50th anniversary. Big hit! Been making it for parties ever since.

  • lmeyers5
    Dec 28, 2011

    Very good, and I added green, red, yellow, jello!