It's getting to be that time of year, where cook-outs, family get-togethers, and potlucks are around every corner. While getting together with friends and family is always fun, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to decide what side dish to bring to share. No worries... I've got the perfect potluck pleaser. This Glazed Strawberry Fruit Salad
is a always a hit!
Fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, and mandarin oranges all combine with a citrusy glaze for a delicious addition to any menu. You could even switch it up a bit, and mix-and-match your favorite fruits.
For as long as I remember, we've had this fruit salad at almost every family get-together, especially my birthday. One year, for my 11th birthday, my parents threw me a "cooking class" birthday party at the local kitchen store. I got to invite several friends and choose the menu of what we would prepare, and we were taught a hands-on cooking class by one of the professional chefs. How fun! Well, of course, I chose this delectable fruit salad as one of the recipes, and as always, it was delicious. I even remember officially naming it "Yummy
Fruit Salad." So creative, I know. (What can I say, I was only 11!) I've changed the name now to reflect the best parts about the fruit salad - the glaze and the fresh strawberries!
[caption id="attachment_518" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="The goods... except I forgot to put the bananas in the picture! Doh!"]
It starts off with a simple glaze that is made by heating cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix with mandarin orange juice and pineapple juice until it's thick and bubbly.
After letting the glaze cool, you simply pour it over the fresh fruit and mix to combine. That easy!
Take advantage of the sweet, fresh strawberries and give this recipe a try!
Glazed Strawberry Fruit Salad
Servings/Yield: 8 servings
- 1 large box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding
- 1 large can pineapple chunks
- 2 cans mandarin oranges
- 2 quart strawberries, quartered
- 1 pint blueberries
- 4 bananas, sliced
Drain pineapple and one can mandarin oranges, reserving juices. Heat juices and dry pudding mix in saucepan over medium heat until thick and bubbly. When cool, stir in remaining fruits and chill.
: family favorite