Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad

Frozen Fruit Salad
Photo: Diana Rattray
Ratings (34)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 Bowls (8 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
445 Calories
39g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This old-fashioned frozen fruit salad will remind you of your grandmother's salad. It is a very easy preparation, and it makes an excellent fruit salad for a holiday menu. The salad is delicious with a ham or turkey Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. 

Use canned fruit cocktail or use a combination of your favorite canned fruits. Dice a combination of pineapple chunks, peaches, maraschino cherries, pears, and apricots.

This frozen fruit salad recipe was adapted from a 1950s newspaper clipping.

See the variations below the recipe for an ambrosia-style fruit and nut combination and some substitution ideas.


  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream, chilled
  • 2 small packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup maraschino red cherries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup green maraschino cherries, quartered (or use all red)
  • 1 can fruit cocktail (16 or 20-ounce size), drained
  • 2 1/2 cups diced marshmallows, about 24 marshmallows

Steps to Make It

In a small bowl with an electric mixer, beat the chilled heavy cream to stiff peaks.

In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Fold in the whipped cream, cherries, drained fruit cocktail, and marshmallows. Turn the mixture into a 1-quart freezer container or loaf pan.

Garnish with additional maraschino cherries or pecan halves.

Freeze the salad until firm. Turn out of the container and slice to serve.


Add about 1/2 cup of toasted pecan or walnut halves to the fruit mixture.

Ambrosia Frozen Fruit Salad: Use 1 cup of drained mandarin orange slices, 1/2 cup flaked coconut, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, an 8-ounce can of pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup of maraschino cherries, and 1/4 cup of halved seedless grapes.

From a reader: Freeze the salad in a large empty juice can. Run hot water over the sides of the can, remove one end with a can opener, and it will slide out easily. The can also leave some nice slicing marks on the salad.

Substitute Miracle Whip Salad Dressing for the mayonnaise.

For a sweeter salad mixture, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.

Use 2 cups of thawed whipped topping or prepared Dream Whip instead of freshly whipped cream.