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.

Joy

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
8 hrs 30 mins
total:
9 hrs
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

196 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 35g; fat 5.2g; cholesterol 15.5mg; sodium 19.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2013
This is delicious! Been making this for many years. I got the same recipe from a neighbor. I will never change the ingredients. It's fine the way it is! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2015
My brother LOVES this stuff. I made it more out of sentimentality than anything for Easter this year. It went over poorly with my husband's family. Texture was an issue. Flavor is sweet enough. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2013
This is delicious! Been making this for many years. I got the same recipe from a neighbor. I will never change the ingredients. It's fine the way it is! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2014
I liked this very much, but did cut it down to a smaller scale. After cooking orzo, I put cooked orzo in a bowl and added juice to orzo without heating and allowed the juice to absorb into orzo, stirring occasionally. Once juice was absorbed into orzo, I put the bowl of orzo into the refrigerator for about an hour. After given time to cool, I added fruit in recipe (1 can of pineapple tidbits, 1 can mandarin oranges, and maraschino cherries) to bowl I also added some coconut flakes and crushed pecans. Then I mixed in cool whip, until well blended. Ihe salad isn't thick but it's lightly sweet and very enjoyable. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2015
My brother LOVES this stuff. I made it more out of sentimentality than anything for Easter this year. It went over poorly with my husband's family. Texture was an issue. Flavor is sweet enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2016
I use fruit cocktail instead of pineapple chunks and have used both a can of regular and large chunk fruit cocktail to change the textures a bit. I also add a large jar of maraschino cherries along with the called for can of crushed pineapple and large can or 2 smaller cans of mandarin oranges. Drain all juices into pan to thicken as listed then add most of a large tub of cool whip. It's what I had on hand and now the family and friends ask for it! Both the original recipe and my adapted are very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2016
I cut the recipe in half because it makes so much so only used the can of crushed pineapple and not the chunks. I cooked the syrup but it didn't thicken even after cooling for 30 minutes so brought it back up to a slow boil mixed 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in a tablespoon of water added that brought it to boil and it thickened nicely. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2014
Very good but...The amount the recipe makes is HUGE! If you want an amount for a one time dinner try to scale it down. We had a ton leftover. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2014
Perfect summer dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2015
I like this recipe but do not like how the egg whites clump up in the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2014
I love this fruit salad made just the way the recipe says. I think it would also make a very good dessert since it is sweet and light. More kinds of fruit could be added also but it is so good just the way it is. Read More
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