Fabulous Fruit Salad
An easy, quick, and holiday-worthy fruit salad that is easily doubled.
An easy, quick, and holiday-worthy fruit salad that is easily doubled.
The husband gobbled up three servings! I did as others suggested and went with Key Lime Yoplait NonFat yogurt instead of Lemon, pecans instead of walnuts, seedless green grapes instead of celery, and mandarin oranges instead of a nectarine (but only because nectarines aren't in season). I cut up the apples and put the yogurt in right away to keep them turning brown, then put in the grapes. Don't put in the mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, and pecans until right before serving to keep the oranges from disintegrating (stir them carefully) and to keep the cranberries firm and the pecans crunchy. I strained the yogurt with cheesecloth, and I guess I needed to double the cheesecloth again because some of the yogurt went through. (If you don't strain the yogurt, some of the runny liquid accumulates on the bottom of your fruit salad bowl. Truthfully, I wouldn't know since the hubby wolfed it down so fast! :D)Read More
The husband gobbled up three servings! I did as others suggested and went with Key Lime Yoplait NonFat yogurt instead of Lemon, pecans instead of walnuts, seedless green grapes instead of celery, and mandarin oranges instead of a nectarine (but only because nectarines aren't in season). I cut up the apples and put the yogurt in right away to keep them turning brown, then put in the grapes. Don't put in the mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, and pecans until right before serving to keep the oranges from disintegrating (stir them carefully) and to keep the cranberries firm and the pecans crunchy. I strained the yogurt with cheesecloth, and I guess I needed to double the cheesecloth again because some of the yogurt went through. (If you don't strain the yogurt, some of the runny liquid accumulates on the bottom of your fruit salad bowl. Truthfully, I wouldn't know since the hubby wolfed it down so fast! :D)
I also doubled this recipe and took it to Christmas dinner. I used 2 red apples, 2 green apples, a can of mandarin oranges, celery, 1 container each of lemon and vanilla yogurt, and I added the dried cranberries and walnuts just before serving to preserve texture and crunch. I received several compliments on the salad, and my husband loved it. (For next time, I will probably strain the yogurts first using a coffee filter, as there was quite an accumulation of liquid at the bottom of the dish.) Very enjoyable salad.
I prepared a huges amount of this for a recent holiday open house and it was indeed fabulous! I added green and red grapes and several types of crisp apples. Also mandarin oranges and canned apricots (I'll leave those out next time -- too soft). I followed another reader's advice and added the cranberries just before serving. I would suggest you do this with the nuts too if you like chewy and crunchy. The key, I think, is that lemon yogurt. Seems no matter what fruit you use, that yogurt sets it off just right. It reminded me of a wonderfully updated Waldorf salad. There were no kids at my open house, so I have no idea if they would like it -- but I bet they would.
This salad is soooo refreshing. It has become a family favorite which they don't mind having 4 to 5 times a month. The lemon yogurt is great, but so is vanilla and key lime. I have also cut the sweetness of the other flavors of yogurt by adding a half carton of plain non-fat yogurt to the flavored one. By using half plain and half flavored, the taste of the fruit is allowed to shine through. YUM!
Wow! This definitely is "Fabulous Fruit Salad" bursting with vibrant color and flavor! I loved the crunch the celery and walnuts give this - it kinda reminds me a bit of a Waldorf salad. I toasted my walnuts for a bit more flavor and used vanilla yogurt and added a bit of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Very nice presentation and definitely "holiday-worthy"!
We love this in the Gless household! Fast, Easy and Good for you! Try it with pecans and carmel yogurt. Or, slivered almonds and vanilla yogurt.
This was so easy and SO good!! I took it to a brunch that featured only breakfast foods (maybe we should have eaten earlier in the day- ha, ha!), so I skipped the celery and used mandarin oranges and red seedless grapes instead. I also added the dried cranberries and walnuts just before serving. I will make this again and again. Thanks, Tracy!
Very yummy. Tastes creamy as if it were made with whipping cream, instead it's no-fat yogurt! A total success at our last BBQ. I substituted a lot of Tracy's fruits (added bananas, raisins instead of cranberries, no celery, no nectarines, added grapes and strawberries), but it was just as delicious. Will definitely make this again. Thanks!
This was such a quick, easy, and healthy recipe! My husband and I loved it--fought over the left overs! I left out the celery and walnuts then used a can of mandarin oranges instead of nectarines. It was great! The lemon yogurt is definately the must in this recipe!!
I absolutely loved this fruit salad. Some fruit salads can be too sweet, but this one was sweet and refreshing. Everyone I served it to had second or third helpings. I don't think I'll be making any other.
I was looking for a quick, easy, and healthy fruit salad recipe and found it! Everyone loved it and we are always asked to bring it for family get-togethers.
I have made this several times - and I always get requests for it. I made a few changes to it. I use the Yoplait Lite Key Lime Yogurt (this was a suggestion by a review posted back in 2005). I omit the celery, add bananas. Nectarines are hard to find, so instead I use mandarin oranges and sprinkle a little bit of coconut. For cranberries, you can get the CranRaisins (available usually in the cookies/granola bar aisle). It is yummy and makes a very decorative appearance. I put it in a crystal candy dish (which is quite large) and it always delights the crowd!
Amazing! I thought it was too simple and was a little nervous about bringing it to Easter Dinner, but it was a hit with everyone! Everyone went back for seconds. Definitely a keeper! Nectarines were looking pathetic in the store so I used mandarine oranges instead and it worked beautifully!
I made this fruit salad for a recent party and it was very good. This is a dish that should be eaten as soon as possible after being put together and I do not recommend making more than can be eaten within a 48 hour period, fruit is not cheap and a shame to waste.
I doubled this recipe and made it for our family Christmas dinner. People were fighting to take home the small amount left over after dinner! In addition, I got calls the next day asking for the recipe. It was a huge hit with my family!
My family really enjoyed this fruit salad. Especially my son & me who love fruit I was a little leary about using the lemon yogurt. It gave it a wonderful, tasty, creamy sauce. My son informed me, we have to serve this for every holiday meal!
great for pot luck and picnics
This salad is very tasty, it was a great hit at the dinner party.
This salad is very tasty, the cranberries really complimented the rest of the fruit. And the celery seem to bring out the walnut's flavor and also brought a nice crunchiness to the salad. It also keeps well overnight - the apples didn't brown at all.
I added strawberries, grapes and bananas too!! Excellent!!
I was looking for a fruit salad without too many calories and this was perfect! My husband watches what he eats so I try to look at the nutritional value of a dish. He loved this! Will make this on a regular basis.
Very different taste from the same old fruit salad. I enjoyed the combination of tastes and textures (although I did leave out the celery, which I detest). A nice healthy addition to any meal.
Really, really refreshing salad. We loved all the flavors in this. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Jazzy.
This recipe was so easy to prepare and came out so delicious. I tripled the recipe to feed a large crowd and used 3 different kinds of apples. The cranberries and nuts are the perfect compliment. It's a keeper. :)
This is perfect. I have made this a few times, tweaking it a little each time. The first time I made it I added the cranberries right before serving like so many have suggested. The second I added it right away (I made it for a brunch the night before). I will say I prefer it being added at the beginning and not right before serving because they plump up and one may argue they absorb some of the liquid. Just my 2 cents.
Yummy! I loved this recipe because it was simple, inexpensive but most of all healthy. I calculated the calories and it's only 90 calories for four oz. I only added one stalk of celery and used canned peaches since it's the dead of winter. This will be a staple in our house for afterschool snacks and as a side for breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing!
Made this for a grange supper and it was really good added extra yogurt
I usually go for the real rich fruit salad with marshmallows...I never like anything that is on the healthy side.Well,This is DELICIOUS. I've made it twice & the second time used bananas & green grapes. I also leave the skin on.....for color.......yummy..a winner!
I find myself using this recipe quite often for a great low-carb breakfast. I use whatever fruit I have on hand and make enough to last a couple of days. The nuts, cranberries, and yogurt make a satisfying but light meal.
Excellent! Used vanilla yogurt instead of lemon (wasn't available) and canned mandarins instead of nectarine. Tasty and satisfying snack food instead of reaching for a sweet!
i was quite disappointment by the end result, especially reading all the rave reviews. it was quite runny after a while. doubt i'd make it again.
I was looking for a different fruit salad for a wedding reception and tried this. Very good. I toasted the walnuts and since I couldn't find 8 oz. of lemon yogurt used 2 - 6 oz. and it was great. I also added 1/2 salad dressing for a little taste. Will add grapes and canteloupe next time.
Hmmm. I didn't find this "fabulous" at all.... Other than being a new twist on the basic waldorf salad, this wasn't all that different from any other fruit salad I've tried. Reviewers comments about how the lemon yogurt added a nice creaminess and subtle, complementary flavor persuaded me to try this. In retrospect, I wish I would have gone with my gut and prepared an ambrosia salad to serve with Easter brunch as originally planned. The yogurt was the very thing I didn't like about this. It gave my salad a "pasty" texture I just couldn't get past. Other than subbing Greek-style yogurt (I feared a soupy mess collecting at the bottom of my salad bowl otherwise), I followed Tracy's directions to the letter. To my dismay, using Greek yogurt made no difference whatsoever and was a total waste of the extra $'s spent. My verdict? There are much better recipes on this site. I will not reattempt this one. Sorry! :(
This is essentially a "Waldorf Salad" - just fine but nothing special. Also, it makes so much more than 4 servings - unless the servings are huge!
This salad has wonderful texture with the nuts, celery and cranberries. Any combination of firm fruit would work well. Thanks for sharing, we really enjoyed this dish.
fruit salad cant get any easier or yummier.
I love this recipe. It tastes wonderful, it's healthy, and low fat. Who could ask for more? Even my young children enjoy it.
I like this alot. I couldn't find a lemon yogurt so used lime. It was very good. Also, I would suggest using a yogurt that is NOT fat/sugar free. The textrue just wasn't the same.
I thought it tasted just like fruit with yogurt. I added strawberries which were good, but turned everything pink. It's nice for everyday but not good enough for company.
the best.....I maded it sugar-free and it came out great ......A keeper....
Very Tasty! I used no-fat vanilla yogurt sometimes also and it is great! I have also added different fruitssuch as oranges, bananas, grapes...etc. Very healthy!
Very healthy and delicious! The cranberries really add a lot to this fruit salad. Kids love it!
When I made this dish, I followed all the suggestions in the reviews and cut the celery in favor of grapes. When I was finished, I took a big bite and immediately thought something was missing... *needs celery*. If I were to make this again I would follow the recipe exactly as the original. Overall, I don't see what all the hype is about -- It's *okay*. As a side dish, this recipe serves way more than 4 people and I doubled the recipe so, unfortuately, I have a ton leftovers. Also used pecans and mandarin oranges. Pecans were good but be very gentle with the oranges as they will fall apart.
Without the celery, this was perfect. Because we don't like walnuts, I used pecans instead. Really great fruit salad that we all enjoyed and left nothing behind.
Very yummy. Sometimes I put almond slivers in it or you vanilla Le Creme. Would be great for parties.
Made it for Birthday celebration for work and it was gone in an hour. Everyone loved it! I used pecans instead of walnuts.
My husband asks for this salad regularly . . . but without the celery. My 4 year old won't go near it . . . I think the lemon yogurt is too tart for her . . . but I think it is wonderful and this will probably become a family tradition!
Substituted jarred apricots once and dried apricots once, instead of nectarines. Cranberries rehydrated after over night in fridge. Better to throw them in right before serving. Served it twice over the holidays. Everyone loved it!
This was a new recipe that I found this morning and took this afternoon to a picnic. It got rave reviews from everyone. The only changes I made were peaches for the nectarine and I added some fresh blackberries picked this morning. Thanks for sharing Tracy!
This is absolutely wonderful! I made it for a spring/garden party and all of my guests loved it. I used all of the items listed and added grapes. This was a great side dish with chicken salad sandwiches. Other flavors of yogurt would work well too!
I was not able to add a nectarine and it was still terrific! I also added a small amount of cinnamon to mine and it was great! It's a keeper!
Other than adding grapes, I followed the recipe exactly. This was a very good fruit salad; economical, fast, and easy. Definitely will make again.
Loved this! I made it twice! Although, I did modify it the 2nd time. I used Greek Honey yogurt, pineapple, manderine oranged, banana, green apple, and a gala apple. I didin't have any walnuts, but I found that the apples and pineapple had enough crunch to them. Thanks! Amazing recipe.
I didn't have the nectarines, but it's still good! My husband thought it was too tart, but it didn't taste that way at all to me. I used Yoplait brand yogurt.
This salad is wonderful. To reduce sugar and increase calcium, I used plain yogurt and just added a dash of cinnamon and a squirt of lemon juice for flavoring (per serving). I plan to make this weekly as a healthy snack to have on hand. Sure, the recipe is not rocket science, but I wouldn't have thought to try it if it wasn't posted here, so thank you!
Took this to a family party and noticed all ages eating some of this salad! I toasted the walnuts before adding. Because we had a little travel time, I sprinkled the cranberries on top of the rest of the fruit, with the walnuts layered on top of that. Stirred it all up when we arrived and that seemed to keep the textures alive.
Awesome. Will make again. No changes needed.
Very good. Teenager approved. Definately use the lemon yogurt, Yoplait makes a great version if you're having trouble finding it.
Good salad. Liked the yogurt instead of mayo.
Refrigerate it before serving! I wasn't crazy about this recipe until I happened to put it in the fridge overnight. Completely chilled, it was definitely the way to go. Unless you're a huge celery lover, don't include it; the taste of it throws it off. Add sliced almonds to chopped walnuts!
I used clementine orange sections instead of the nectarine, although mandarin oranges would probably be good too. As I try to stay away/reduce sugar, I substituted nonfat plain yogurt, 1 tsp. of vanilla & 1 tsp Splenda for the lemon yogurt. I suppose I could experiment & add some lemon juice. I'd also use only one stalk of celery next time. I may substitute grapes for the dried cranberries as well so there'd be natural sweetness instead of more sugar. If you're going to serve this for guests, I'd suggest draining the fruit before serving & then adding the yogurt & nuts as it gets a bit liquidy.
I loved this and it was so easy to make. I to substituted red grapes for the celery and used pecans instead of walnuts. This doesn't keep well, it was real runny by the end of the next day. Maybe next time I will wait and add the yogurt right before I eat it. Its such a simple recipe and a great way to add fruit in your diet.
Very easy, very healthy. I prepared exactly as written with one exception and that was toasting the walnuts. I'm glad I did this becasue it added much needed flavor to this dish.
Good with bananas too!
An excellent, easy and well-received salad. Were I to make it again, I'd eliminate the walnuts, I think, and add some grapes.
This was SOO good! Nectarines were not available so I substituted with strawberries. I also omitted the celery and added some grapes instead. I don't think it really matters what you put in this... it's the lemon yogurt with the walnuts and dried cranberries that really make it!
A wonderful fruit salad. Because I was unable to find lemon yogurt, I instead used KeyLime yogurt. Tasted delicious...
I made this fruit salad for work and everybody absolutely loved it. Thank you. Great taste & easy recipe.
Made this recipe today and it's very good and refreshing for a warm summer's day. The only change I made was that I used Key Lime Pie yogurt instead of lemon - but only because I couldn't find lemon at the grocery store. I was a little hesitant adding the celery, but after tasting it, I'm glad I did. Will make again very soon!
I really enjoyed this fruit salad for breakfast and for mid-day snacks. My fiance loved it but thought the bitterness of the celery was to abraisive with the sweeter fruits. I'll definitely make this agin, however I think I'll substitute sliced red and green grapes for the celery.
The recipe was fabulous, and I am not a big yogurt fan.
I do leave out the celery and add any seasonal fruit. The lemon yogurt is the best. I've been making this for years!
I made this pretty much as written, except I used grapes instead of nectarines (out of season). The nuts and celery are nice, and had the grapes had more flavor it would have been better. The lemon yogurt was a mistake. Too citrus-y. I will try again, but with vanilla yogurt and bananas, which would have given it a fuller, sweeter favor. I used a Fugi apple, which was very nice.
I made this for a church function and it was a big hit. One woman begged me for the recipe and actually started "stealing" the leftovers in small Dixie cups!
This is my favorite go-to potluck recipe. I have substituted the nectarines when not in season with peaches and/or mandarin oranges. Also, my husband and I didn't have quite enough lemon yogurt, so added in a little bit of strawberry to make up...AWESOME! Make this one often.
Terrific! I follwed the advice of previous reviews and eliminated the celery, added grapes, and used key lime yogurt. It was even better the next time I made it- lost the grapes, and added blueberries! Perfect!
Great fruit salad! I like the fact there is no sugar added and yet produces a sweet taste (no marshmallows). I used Greek yogurt, rather than regular nonfat lemon yogurt.
This recipe lives up to it's name: Fabulous! Great for a luncheon.
Easy and quick. I left out the nectarines, and it was still great. I added green grapes cut in half to give it some different texture. I used 6 oz lime yogurt and 2 oz plain yogurt to cut the lime flavor a bit. The best part is the cranberries and walnuts!
I've been using this recipe for years now because once I made it the first time it became a family favorite. It's my go-to healthy dessert. I use all flavors of yogurt (vanilla is an all time favorite) with apples and whatever fruit is in season. You can't go wrong with this recipe.
I followed this recipe exactly and my family loves it!
The name says it all! I was surprised how great this was. The blend is just right. I used grapes, instead of the nectarine (out of season). But the celery blends well, and I loved the nuts and cranberries inside. And it is healthy to boot! My family ate it up.
This was very tasty. Instead of the lemon flavored yogut, I used vanilla. I also omitted the celery..actually forgot. This taste very good and was recieved well. Thanks for the post.
This was another big hit for my wife and me! I used plain Greek vanilla yogurt and it served as a great binder for everything. The celery gave this fruit salad a real kick and it has become our go-to dessert/snack. It was just as good the next day, and I just actually whipped up another batch. The crunch of the walnuts also add some real texture to it!
This is so good! I made this for my husband to take with his lunch this week, and I got so jealous, I ran back to the store so I could make another salad for the house. I loved it!
This salad was very light and refreshing, the perfect to a heavy winter meal.
Wonderful! I used what I had on hand which ended up being apples, bananas, (fresh)cherries, and cherry yogurt. I especially liked the extra flavor the cherry flavored yogurt added.
Lemon yogurt was almost impossible to find, and I'm not sure if it was worth the struggle. Just your average fruit salad.
So-so salad, I've had better. Should have added coconut for a zing.
What could be better than just plain fruit showcased in a sweet, natural tasting dressing! This recipe is great, so easy--just chop and mix the yogurt in. Much better than those yucky fluff-type salads, and way more tasty than those with mayonnaise-based dressings!!
You can use whatever combination of fruit in this recipe (or yogurt) and it turns out awesome! Yum! So simple and easy!
Made this as part of a brunch for Mother's Day and it was perfect! I did not use celery, I used grapes instead as suggested and found the perfect. I used 2 fresh peaches as well and found the taste to be light and yummy. Thanks for a great recipe!
Delicious! And so easy! The only thing I might change next time would be to cut back on the walnuts a little bit. I couldn't find lemon yogurt so I used strawberry and vanilla yogurt (since I doubled the recipe).
Loved this salad, used 1 container of greek yogurt and did not have a problem with the salad turning runny.
This recipe was quite good. While it appears to need to be doubled, a single batch of it was plenty. It's a keeper.
This is easy & delicious. I took it to a pot luck & there was nothing left to take home. Several people asked for the recipe.
Delicious! I tripled this and brought it to a party and it was all the rave! I did omit the celery and added toasted coconut on top! Yummy!
This was pretty good, it was different than a lot of fruit salads, the lemon yogurt was a nice touch. I should have left out the celery though, I just thought it was an odd taste and didn't really go with the rest of the flavors. Also, I think pecans might have been a better nut choice. I followed the recipe exactly except added grapes.