Last week I really wanted to make a fruit salad. It just sounded good. But I did not want to make my yogurt fruit salad. I wanted something different. I have made many fruit salads over the years, but most of them contained jello or pudding mixes. I am trying not to use mixes, so I needed to find a new fruit salad to try. We really like a fruit salad I used to make that contained vanilla pudding. I decided to search the internet to see if I could find something like it without the mix.
I finally found a recipe on Recipezaar that I thought would give me similar results because you were basically making a pudding sauce of your own. I tweaked the recipe a little to adjust it to our tastes and it turned out really well. We all thought this was better than the fruit salad made with a pudding mix. Plus, it was healthier.
You can really very this using different fruit. I think the pineapple juice is the key to making the sauce good though. We really liked the taste it gave it. But another fruit juice might work also.
Creamy Fruit Salad
- 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve juice)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 bananas, sliced
- 2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin orange segments, drained, save juice
- 3 medium apples, chopped (unpeeled)
- 1/2 lb red seedless grapes, halved
- Place reserved pineapple juice in a small saucepan; add sugar, flour and beaten egg.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened.
- Allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine pineapple chunks, bananas, orange segments, apples and grapes.
- Pour cooled dressing over fruit mixture; toss gently, making sure everything is well coated. (my dressing was a little thick, so I added in some of the mandarin orange juice)
- Chill before serving.