Quick and Simple Frozen Fruit Salad

Indulge in the ultimate refreshment with this Frozen Fruit Salad, a vibrant and sweet concoction perfect for cooling down on hot days or adding a burst of color and flavor to any meal. This easy-to-make dessert or side dish combines a variety of fruits with a creamy base, resulting in a frozen treat that’s both nutritious and delicious. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue, looking for a festive holiday side, or simply craving a healthy sweet treat, this frozen fruit salad is versatile, delightful, and sure to please all palates.

Why You’ll Love Frozen Fruit Salad:

  • Cooling and Refreshing: Perfect for hot summer days or as a palate cleanser between courses.
  • Versatile: Serve as a dessert, snack, or alongside brunch and dinner dishes.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable to include your favorite fruits or what’s in season.
  • Make-Ahead Convenience: Prepare in advance for parties, gatherings, or easy snacking throughout the week.

Ingredients Notes For Frozen Fruit Salad:

  • Fruits: Use a colorful mix of berries, pineapple, grapes, and mandarin oranges for variety and flavor. Both fresh and canned (drained) fruits work well.
  • Creamy Base: A blend of cream cheese, whipped cream (or whipped topping), and yogurt or condensed milk for sweetness and creaminess.
  • Sweetener: Adjust the sweetness with honey, sugar, or condensed milk based on your preference and the sweetness of the fruits used.
  • Add-Ins: Customize with nuts, mini marshmallows, or shredded coconut for added texture and flavor.

Recipe Steps:

  1. Prepare the Fruits: If using fresh fruits, chop them into bite-sized pieces. Drain canned fruits well.
  2. Mix the Creamy Base: In a large bowl, blend softened cream cheese with whipped cream and yogurt (or condensed milk) until smooth. Sweeten as desired.
  3. Combine: Gently fold the fruits into the creamy mixture until well coated. Stir in any additional add-ins like nuts or marshmallows.
  4. Freeze: Transfer the mixture into a large baking dish or individual cups. Cover and freeze until solid, typically 4-6 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve: Let the frozen fruit salad sit at room temperature for a few minutes for easier scooping. Serve chilled.

Storage Options:

  • Keep Frozen: Store the frozen fruit salad in the freezer, covered, for up to 1 month for optimal taste and texture.

 

Quick and Simple Frozen Fruit Salad

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Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 can 20 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 can 15 ounces mandarin oranges, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries drained and halved
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts e.g., walnuts, pecans, optional
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Whipped cream or additional sour cream for serving (optional)

Instructions

Mix the Base:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, and lemon juice. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Add the Fruits:

  • Gently fold in the drained crushed pineapple, chopped mandarin oranges, halved maraschino cherries, and sliced bananas into the milk mixture. If using, also add the chopped mixed nuts.

Include Marshmallows:

  • Fold in the mini marshmallows until everything is evenly mixed.

Freeze:

  • Pour the fruit salad mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish or individual serving cups. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze for at least 4 hours, or until firm.

Serve:

  • Remove the fruit salad from the freezer about 15-20 minutes before serving to slightly soften for easier scooping.
  • Serve in individual bowls, topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a spoonful of sour cream if desired.

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