This Fresh Fruit Salad is always a hit at our house served as a side dish or a light dessert. The whipped cream dressing is flavored with cream cheese, and a little sweetness then tossed with 7 fresh fruits. It’s a refreshing, easy to make, no-cook dish.
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Whether it’s summer or not, no one wants to be in the kitchen more than they have to. So here’s an easy dish with no cooking involved. There’s only cutting, measuring, and mixing with this Fresh Fruit Salad. How easy is that?
The first thing is choosing the ingredients you like. I find these seven fruits listed in the recipe go well together. Just 1 cup each of pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, apples, bananas, and oranges. The call is for fresh, but sometimes I use cans of a tropical fruit mix, pineapple chunks, and mandarin oranges combined with whatever fresh fruit I have on hand. The option is open for you to choose your own combination in this simple no-stress dish!
Also, purchasing a whole pineapple is not necessary. Most grocery stores slice up fresh pineapple and sell the spears in plastic containers. That makes for less mess and a time-saver for you. 🙂
Next comes the creamy dressing. Even though we’re using heavy whipping cream, this salad is light with a little sweetness and lots of good flavors.
When mixing the dressing, it’s best to use softened cream cheese to get a smooth sauce. Sometimes I take the block cheese straight from the refrigerator and beat it with an electric mixer until softened. This works well when I’m in a hurry.
A few tablespoons of lemon juice helps keep the apples and bananas from turning brown. Add the apples and bananas last into the bowl, pour one tablespoon of juice over them, and toss together. Then mix the other tablespoon into the dressing. The taste of lemon brightens the whole thing up.
A great idea is to use this dressing alone as a dip for fruit. This just keeps getting better and better!
Oh, and one more thing, for extra crunch and flavor, you can add a cup of chopped pecans. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes there are others who don’t. So I toss the nuts in when I know there isn’t anyone with nut sensitivities or biased opinions joining us. 😉
In a larger bowl, cream the cream cheese and lemon juice until smooth.
Add the whipped cream into the bowl of cream cheese and fold together.
Pour dressing over the mixed fruit and stir together.
Frefrigerate and serve cold.
Add 1 cup of chopped nuts for added crunch and taste.
Use the dressing alone as a fruit dip.
Category:Side Dish / sweets
Keywords: fruit salad, fresh fruit salad
I like serving dishes like this Fresh Fruit Salad and this Tropical Fruit Salad alongside the main meal. Then when dessert is served, my guests have an option to pass it up, knowing they have already had something sweet. Or, they can go ahead and dive into everything that’s set before them. The latter is my usual take!
I hope you enjoy the Fresh Fruit Salad and write your comments about it below. You know how I love hearing from you!
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