This creamy, satisfying summer salad or dessert is also a family favorite at Thanksgiving. My mother-in-law could be counted on to bring this dish to all our family functions.

Amy

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl. On high speed, beat in the whipped topping. Fold in the bananas, pineapple, fruit cocktail, apple, and coconut. If desired, mix in the maraschino cherries, pecans, and raisins. Pour the salad into a serving bowl, and chill 1 hour before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

486 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 61g 20% DV; fat 27.4g 42% DV; cholesterol 30.8mg 10% DV; sodium 111.3mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
12/25/07 Great recipe!!! I used a small can of chunked pinapple instead crushed didn't use coconut (no one but me likes it) although I bet it would have been good in it. And I left out the raisins. I made my own whipping cream using heavy cream sugar and vanilla way better then store whip cream. This was the first time I made my own whip cream and was worried about how it would work in a recipe like this. It turned out great. I always make "Gourmet sweet potato classic" (The best sweet potatoes ever!!from this website) for the holidays and end up throwing away 3/4 of the heavy cream. I will never throw away the cream again. Thanks for this recipe! I WILL make it every holiday. BTW I put the left over fruit salad in the freezer in small freezer bags to eat later. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2007
12/25/07 Great recipe!!! I used a small can of chunked pinapple instead crushed didn't use coconut (no one but me likes it) although I bet it would have been good in it. And I left out the raisins. I made my own whipping cream using heavy cream sugar and vanilla way better then store whip cream. This was the first time I made my own whip cream and was worried about how it would work in a recipe like this. It turned out great. I always make "Gourmet sweet potato classic" (The best sweet potatoes ever!!from this website) for the holidays and end up throwing away 3/4 of the heavy cream. I will never throw away the cream again. Thanks for this recipe! I WILL make it every holiday. BTW I put the left over fruit salad in the freezer in small freezer bags to eat later. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
Please note that because of the bananas this isn't a storable recipe. I should have put that in the recipe info but I'm new to this! Make this dish close to its serving time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2007
I added another can of fruit cocktail to this recipe to make it a little thicker. It was great! This was really good the first day but really doesn't keep in the fridge well. So if you're fixing it be ready to eat it all quick! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2009
This was a great starting point but I made some major changes. I used green grapes red fugi apples fresh blueberries canned chunk pineapple slices strawberries. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and light whipped topping along with chopped walnuts. It was delicious I had many people asking for the recipe at Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing the idea! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2008
This recipe was great! I opted to make this instead of baking this past Thanksgiving. It was a hit. My finance hates cream cheese and he actually ate some! He liked it. I tried to healthy it up some. I used lite whipped topping and used fat free cream cheese. I probably will not use this much marachino cherries next time. I'd also exclude the bananas as well and substitue another fruit like strawberries. Definite must try! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2008
I made this for Christmas. I used Splenda and sugar-free whip topping. My mom is diabetic and she loved it. Thank you for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2008
We were invited last minute to a Bday party and I needed to make something quick! Looking around I saw I had an abundance of bananas and thus came across this recipe. We didn't use all of the ingredients - I don't like nuts or coconut and we didn't have cherries - but the salad is wonderful and very very easy. A keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2008
This was good but it does need to be eaten the day you make it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
I made this for Christmas dinner and my family loved it. Read More
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