Easy Fruit Salad Recipe

by Melissa

This fruit salad is one that my Mother-in-law will usually make at Christmas time.
It’s a super simple fruit salad but a yummy one.


  • 1 can (11oz) mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks (drained)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sour cream



Combine all the drained fruit with the marshmallows and coconut. Fold in the sour cream. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours before serving. You can also make this ahead and chill overnight.

Easy Fruit Salad

My MIL never makes hers with cherries. if you like cherries you can also add those to the salad as well. If you buy canned cherries you will want to drain them just like the oranges and pineapple.


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Astor Yelangueuzian November 24, 2013 - 11:52 PM

It looks yummy. I cant wait to try this for thanksgiving! thank you for sharing!

Astor Yelangueuzian November 24, 2013 - 11:55 PM

It looks yummy. I cant wait to try this for thanksgiving! thank you for sharing!

Emily August 5, 2014 - 6:21 PM

Can you substitute cool whip for sour cream?

Melissa Coleman August 11, 2014 - 7:24 AM


I don’t see why you couldn’t. It wouldn’t give you that same taste or thicker texture as sour cream would but cool whip is yummy too. It is always worth a try if you aren’t sure you will like the sour cream.

Jolene December 23, 2014 - 4:21 PM

I have just made this for our Christmas Eve dinner…It is fantastic! 🙂

Melissa Coleman December 27, 2014 - 10:17 AM

Yay! We made it for Christmas as well. One of our faves… 🙂

Sandra Lierle May 21, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Is this not also called 5 cup salad? It is very good if you like the sour cream but I like it with the cool whip better. Not a fan of sour cream. But my family all like it. My mother also made a quick fruit and nut salad that was really quick, easy, an good that was just sliced bananas, chopped up apples, pecans, and marshmallows. Use whatever amount you want of each and then stir in cool whip. That too is to your discretion. She never measured anything! This was very good for holiday meals!

Melissa Coleman May 26, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Sandra, yes it is also known as 5 cup salad but because you can add/minus at your own liking I just call it easy fruit salad.