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.
- 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve juice)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour or gluten free flour blend for gf version
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.