Rosa Marina Fruit Salad


My boss gave me this recipe and it is fantastic. Don't be afraid of the combination of fruit and pasta! This makes a great side dish for a potluck or picnic.

close up view of Rosa Marina Fruit Salad in a white baking dish
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs
24 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package Rosa Marina (orzo) pasta

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained and juice reserved

  • 1 (16 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved

  • 1 (16 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved

  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 (16 ounce) container whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, crushed pineapple, and maraschino cherries to orzo.

  2. Combine juice from mandarin oranges, juice from pineapple chunks, juice from crushed pineapple, sugar, eggs, and flour in a saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring often, until sauce is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and cool, about 30 minutes.

  3. Pour cooled sauce over orzo mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until flavors blend, 8 hours to overnight. Fold whipped topping into orzo mixture before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
5g Fat
35g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 132mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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