Grandma’s Fruit Salad – By Special Request

Wasn’t even planning on posting this….but Facebook fans were insistent! ;-)   So here it is!  My Grandma’s Fruit Salad recipe that I’ve had at every Thanksgiving that I can remember. Somehow I became the designated fruit salad-maker in the family about 10 years ago…which suits me just fine. I love it. :-) Enjoy!

Grandmas fruit salad recipe

Grandmas fruit salad

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  1. Sheryl says

    Jillee, for a quick version of this, I use a can of Peach Pie filling (2 cans if you are making a large fruit salad) I cut the peaches in the pie filling into bite size pieces, and then add any fruit you want to the peach pie filling for your fruit salad. The pie filling keeps the bananas and apples from turning brown, just be sure and drain any canned fruit you use really well, like pineapple and pears.. I tasted this the first time at a church social and loved it so much that I have been serving it at family gathering and picnics for over 25 years now. It goes very well with angel food cake and pound cake…enjoy!

  2. Deborah Jennings says

    My grandmother made a fruit salad also. She used all kinds (any kind) of canned fruits (drained) or fresh. She then mix in an 8 oz carton of sour cream and some mini marshmallows. You can add nuts and/or coconut if you want. If you make this the day before, cover and refrigerate it, it is so much better than fresh made. And believe it or not, the sour cream gives it a wonderful flavor.

    My grandmother was born in 1901, and lived to be almost 102. She would make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all looked forward to it.

    • joanne says

      Deborah, this salad sounds great.. How many cans of fruit did she use – would you share her recipe?
      Would love to make it for Thanksgiving.
      thank you

  3. Stephanie West says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I was one of the many request on facebook and I am so glad you posted its going to be so good to eat at tomorrows function.

  4. Lora says

    Just ran to the store & bought all the stuff to make this. Have it done now. I did the 20oz cans of pineapple, 4 Gala apples & 5 bananas. My fruit cocktail was the 15.25 oz cans. For me, this amount FILLED one of the large 3L GLADWARE bowls.

    From looks (haven’t tried it yet), it’s a very LIGHT colored salad….think about it, peaches, pineapple, apple, banana; there aren’t very many cherries in the fruit cocktail so they don’t really add color.

    I would think if you want more color you might want to go with a can of peaces & some cherries instead of the fruit cocktail (only if you’re willing to deviate from recipes). Ooh, or what about some berries, blue, black, rasp???? Limetless potential with this base.

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  7. Alice says

    What do you do with the pineapple from the can whose juice goes into the dressing? Does it go into the salad along with an additional two cans of pineapple?

  8. Landon says

    Thank you for this, Jillee. My Nanny passed away a couple of years ago & she made this every year. She called it ambrosia. I plan to make your recipe this Christmas in honor of her.