My grandmother used to make this salad when I was a little girl. It's a tradition in my family now, for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Gina

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
4
Yield:
10 to 15 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl combine fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, apples, pears, and pecans.

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  • In a small mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and lemon juice. Add enough fruit cocktail juice to achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.

  • Fold the cream cheese mixture into the fruit mixture and toss. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving. Prior to serving slice bananas, add to fruit salad and toss again.

Nutrition Facts

731 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 93.8g 30% DV; fat 39.7g 61% DV; cholesterol 61.6mg 21% DV; sodium 186.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2003
I made this recipe for a Christmas brunch, and it was delicious! I would make it again for sure, but I would probably put in fresh mandarin oranges, because they fell apart, and I would put in less juice from the fruit cocktail in the cream cheese mixture. The recipe wasn't specific, so I may have put in too much, thinking "this seems a little thick and more seems to be making it creamier." The salad was a little on the watery side (that could have resulted from the canned mandarin oranges too). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/18/2003
This recipe sounded great when I first read it. However, I think I made the same mistake as another reviewer and used too much syrup, because it was very thin and did not improve after chilling. It tasted odd and milky and we ended rinsing off the fruit and just adding cool whip so it wouldn't go to waste. Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2003
I made this recipe for a Christmas brunch, and it was delicious! I would make it again for sure, but I would probably put in fresh mandarin oranges, because they fell apart, and I would put in less juice from the fruit cocktail in the cream cheese mixture. The recipe wasn't specific, so I may have put in too much, thinking "this seems a little thick and more seems to be making it creamier." The salad was a little on the watery side (that could have resulted from the canned mandarin oranges too). Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/18/2003
This recipe sounded great when I first read it. However, I think I made the same mistake as another reviewer and used too much syrup, because it was very thin and did not improve after chilling. It tasted odd and milky and we ended rinsing off the fruit and just adding cool whip so it wouldn't go to waste. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2002
This was easy to make as well as delicious. Right up my alley! I brought it to my Mom's Christmas dinner and everyone really enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2002
Made an excellent pot-luck dish (although must remember to put bananas in directly before serving - and it's not as good without them). Also added some vanilla sweetener (sugar-free Splenda syrup/coffee flavoring) and some coconut. Read More
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