Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad

Frozen Fruit Salad
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 Bowls (8 Servings)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. In a small bowl with an electric mixer, beat the chilled heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  2. 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.
  3. Garnish with additional maraschino cherries or pecan halves.
  4. 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 445
    Total Fat 39 g
    Saturated Fat 14 g
    Unsaturated Fat 9 g
    Cholesterol 67 mg
    Sodium 265 mg
    Carbohydrates 23 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 3 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)