Monday, August 3

Good Eating Monday: Quick Creamy Fruit Salad!

One of my favorite things for a quick semi-dessert style salad is just throwing together a can or two of fruit cocktail, a sliced banana  , if I have one ready, and some cool whip! 
But apparently there are "levels" of fruit salad.
What I just described is "basic" Creamy Fruit Salad:

Basic Creamy Fruit Salad
Ingredients:
2 to 4 15oz cans of fruit cocktail, drained
1 or 2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 container of whipped topping

Directions:
In a bowl combine the drained fruit cocktail, sliced banana, then add enough whipped topping to thoroughly coat your fruit. Cover & refrigerate until time to serve.
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I often pick up various kinds of canned fruit on the dent & bent shelf at the grocery and creamy fruit salad is a good way to use them.

You can make your Creamy Fruit Salad fancier by adding any of the following:
*A small jar of Maraschino cherries, halved or whole
*A can of Mandarin Oranges
*Other canned fruit, such as pineapple,peaches, apricots or tropical fruit cocktail
*Fresh berries or blueberries

If you want to elevate your Creamy Fruit Salad to "Fruit Salad Fluff" add:
*Mini Marshmallows

Or, most deluxe of all:
Ambrosia Salad
Ingredients
1  15oz can of Fruit Cocktail, drained 
1 20oz can of Pineapple Chunks, drained
1  15oz can Mandarin Oranges, drained
1 small jar Maraschino Cherries, drained
1 to 2 cups Mini-Marshmallows
1 container of Whipped Topping for coating the fruit mix.

Directions:
In a bowl combine all the drained fruit, marshmallows and enough whipped topping to thoroughly coat. Cover & refrigerate.

True Ambrosia Salad usually also includes:
1/2 cup to 1 cup of shredded coconut
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So now you have a whole variety of quick Creamy Fruit Salads options, from simple to elaborate, to choose from!
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What's your favorite creamy fruit salad combo?
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Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

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