Super Simple Fruit Salad
This month the Dishing It Up crew is offering you a great collection of recipes that require five ingredients or less. Some of us may fudge a little by saying that some things are optional, but those will be the ingredients that are exactly that – optional. This Super Simple Fruit Salad is a variation of a recipe that my sister began making years ago. Other members of my family use peach pie filling in their recipe, but I prefer to make it a much lower in sugar. I usually make this recipe using frozen strawberries, but fresh strawberries were on sale really cheap!
If you read my previous post about Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Rolls, you know that I wrote a bit about how presentation can make a huge difference. The bowl is one from my grandmother. She NEVER had anything fancy and I’m surprised that she had this bowl, but it makes me think of her every time I use it. It’s special to me just because it was hers. Then when it’s placed on top of my spring tablecloth, it makes everything look really put together!
Want to make this Super Simple Fruit Salad frugal, too? Make sure to check out some of the coupon sites to look for coupons for the canned fruits. I can’t promise they’re gonna be there, but they do tend to come and go. 😉
Serves: 2-3 Quarts
- Lg. Can Crushed Pineapple
- Lg. Can Mandarin Oranges
- Bag of Frozen Peaches
- 1 - 2 Pints of Strawberries - Fresh or Frozen
- 3 Bananas
- Peel and slice bananas into a colander. Drain the cans of mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple over the bananas. Stir the bananas around between draining the two cans. The fruit juices contain natural preservatives which help prevent the bananas from turning brown.
- Transfer the fruit from the colander to your serving dish and stir to thoroughly coat the bananas in the fruit juice that remains.
- If the peaches are slightly thawed, they can be easily cut into bite size chunks. I often prepare this fruit salad the night before and just dump the whole bag in frozen.
- Wash and stem fresh strawberries. Drain in the same colander you already used. No need to wash it out.
- Slice the strawberries by hand if desired. I meant to slice in my food chopper, but used the wrong blade. Oops, it was a great success though!
- Add the strawberries to your other fruits.
- If I use frozen and I'm making it the night before, I dump the frozen bowl onto the top of the frozen peaches and cover with foil. Everything is thawed by morning.
- Mix fruits together and serve. If frozen strawberries are used, the recipe will be very similar to having pureed the strawberries in step 5. My recent guests said it was great this way because they had strawberries in every bite.