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Fruit Salad Recipes for Any Occasion
Southerners love their fruit salads, from the traditional fresh fruity ambrosia to the ubiquitous holiday congealed salad. A fruit salad on a holiday table, whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert, is a refreshing and flavorful change of pace from the many savory dishes.
Consider serving an apple or cranberry salad along with the meal, or serve a fresh fruit salad before the main meal. The strawberry pretzel salad (pictured) is a fabulous dessert, but it can be enjoyed along with the meal as well. The refreshing frozen salads are wonderful served with the main meal or after.
Here are some of the most popular recipes for holiday fruit salads, including several family favorites.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Frozen Pineapple Cranberry Salad
This fruit salad is made with cranberry sauce and pineapples. A sweetened sour cream and whipped topping dressing brings the fruits together, while chopped nuts add crunch and texture. The salad can be frozen in muffin cups for individual servings.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Creamy Frozen Fruit Salad
There's no mayonnaise or sour cream in this version of the old-fashioned frozen fruit salad, and it's made without marshmallows. Just fruit, pecans, cream cheese, and whipped cream.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Cranberry Gelatin Salad
You'll find this cranberry salad on many Thanksgiving dinner menus throughout the South.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Classic Waldorf Salad
A Waldorf salad is a genius combination of chopped apples with walnuts and celery. This version is finished with a sweetened mayonnaise and whipped cream dressing.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Blueberry Gelatin Salad
This blueberry salad is an unexpected and flavorful change of pace. Canned blueberries and pineapple get together in this bright and attractive gelatin salad. Depending on the season, you might find berry-flavored blue gelatin.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Easy Ambrosia Salad with Sour Cream Dressing
Here's an easy, top-rated ambrosia salad with marshmallows and a variety of fruits.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Apple Salad with Pecans and Raisins
This apple salad is similar to a Waldorf salad. It's made with red delicious apples, celery, pecans, raisins, and mayonnaise. Feel free to make it with dried cranberries for a festive change of pace.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Coconut
This easy Southern fruit and coconut salad is always a hit. It's fresh and delicious! Consider adding some banana slices just before serving. Garnish the salad with mint leaves for a spectacular presentation.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad
This recipe was adapted from a 1950s newspaper clipping. The salad is a simple mixture of marshmallows, fruit cocktail, cherries, and a creamy dressing. Freeze the mixture in a loaf pan and slice to serve.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Frozen Fruit Salad with Marshmallows
This fruit salad is made with grapes, pineapple, pecans, marshmallows, and more. Cream cheese, mayonnaise, sugar, and cream make up the dressing for the salad.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Creamy Carrot Gelatin Salad
Crushed pineapple, cream cheese, marshmallows, and carrots are mixed with lemon gelatin in this tasty congealed salad.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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Creamy Fruit Salad with Peaches and Pineapple
Vanilla pudding, sour cream, and a variety of fruits make this an excellent combination for a special meal.