Fluffy Frozen Fruit Salad

Combine delicious fruit with whipped topping and freeze it together to make frozen fruit salad, a wonderful, light summer dessert sure to please everyone.

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I’ll be the first to admit, this looks a little strange and it’s hard to tell what it is. But this has probably been one of the hardest recipes to photograph decently in a long time. The first time I had this was when Grammie (my dad’s mom) brought it over for Christmas dinner one year. Her frozen fruit salad had nuts on it, which I don’t like, so I had to eat around those a bit.

When she started telling me everything in the dessert, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s filled with a lot of fruit and a bit of whipped topping. As I said, she made it with walnuts on top, but I skip those since the boys and I don’t like them. We did have some walnuts in the pantry from other recipes, though, so Justin was able to add them to his bit when he ate it.

The frozen fruit salad recipe is really easy to put together. You just have to mix a few things up in a large bowl, place it in a dish, and let it freeze. I like to remove it from the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before serving so it can thaw just a little bit. Otherwise, it’s very hard to slice, scoop, and eat!

Step by Step

Drain the juice from the pineapple into a medium mixing bowl. Set the pineapple aside for use later. Slice the bananas and add those to the pineapple juice. Stir gently to coat the bananas.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and sugar.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the bananas from the pineapple juice and add those to the cranberry mixture. Add the pineapple to the bowl and mix gently with a rubber spatula.

Fold the whipped topping into the fruit mixture.

Pour everything into a glass baking dish or casserole dish and place in the freezer. I used an 8×8 dish for a really thick dessert, but it takes longer to freeze. You could use a 9×13 baking dish to freeze quicker.

Freeze until the fruit mixture is solid. This took about 4 hours with an 8×8 dish.

Remove from the freezer about 15-20 minutes before serving.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 10, 2019

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Fluffy Frozen Fruit Salad

Combine delicious fruit with whipped topping and freeze it together to make frozen fruit salad, a wonderful, light summer dessert sure to please everyone.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fruit, whipped topping
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Freezing Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 122kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch

Ingredients

  • 20 oz pineapple tidbits
  • 5 bananas sliced
  • 16 oz cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 oz whipped topping

Instructions

  • Drain the juice from the pineapple into a medium mixing bowl
  • Set the pineapple aside for use later
  • Slice the bananas and add those to the pineapple juice
  • Stir gently to coat the bananas
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and sugar
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the bananas from the pineapple juice and add those to the cranberry mixture
  • Add the pineapple to the bowl and mix gently
  • Fold the whipped topping into the fruit mixture
  • Pour everything into a glass baking dish or casserole dish and place in the freezer
  • Freeze until the fruit mixture is solid
  • Remove from the freezer about 15-20 minutes before serving

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg

View Comments (28)

  • #NAILEDIT - seriously though. This looks like a show-stopping crowd pleaser!! I think this would be BOMB to serve up on 4th of July when everyone is so dang HOTTTT cause I know here in LA it's going to be brutal. I can just feel it.

    • It's going to be hot for us too.... I will be in Orlando over the 4th this year. So hot and muggy in Florida. This would be great, but needs to be eaten quickly so it isn't a mushy mess!

  • This looks like a delicious summer dessert... and pretty easy to make too! I'll definitely be giving this a go as we all love fruit in our house!

    • It's perfect for summer since it's cold and light. Plus, who doesn't like fruit when you're enjoying the warmth of the season?

  • We enjoy some good fluffy fruit desserts but I would have never thought about putting them in the freezer! This is a great idea, I love it!

    • Oh, it makes it so much better! At least, I think so. When it's frozen it tastes even better during the heat of the summer.

    • It's perfect for that! You just need to keep it cold enough until everyone is ready so it doesn't get mushy. But otherwise, it's great when it's so warm outside.

  • I love the combination of cranberry, pineapple, and bananas. Until now I haven't had a recipe with that flavor profile. I agree with Elise this would be a great recipe for the 4th of July.

    • I wasn't so sure at first because I am not a fan of cranberries, but it works so well in this recipe. And yes, perfect for a 4th of July party or any summer party as long as you can keep it cold until it's served.

  • Thanks for your recipe! I find it easy-to-make, yet it seems to be a special fruit delicacy.

  • Wow, this such a delicious recipe. I can't wait to try this on my own and I love all the fruits added to this, Thanks for sharing

  • It looks so delicious, perfect for summer! I love fruit salads so will surely try this easy, cool recipe soon <3

    • Yes, definitely a summer recipe! There are so many great flavors combined in this treat.

  • This looks very similar to a recipe my grandmother used to make. It was one of my kids favorites. I'm going to have to try yours!!

    • Isn't it funny that these types of recipes always seem to come from our grandma's?! My grandma was the one who always made this, too. I hope it's similar enough to her recipe and you all enjoy it!

  • Awesome recipe Stephanie! I'm glad you excluded the nuts because I'm allergic to those, LOL! Otherwise it looks pretty easy to make and I know my children will love it!

    • I'm not allergic, I just don't care for them. My husband added them to his. It works well because you can make it without then easily sprinkle some on top for those who may want nuts on the dessert.

  • This sounds like a slightly healthier type of ice cream. I love fruit so I might have to give this one a try, especially now that it's getting hot outside!

    • Now that you say it, yeah, it is somewhat similar to ice cream. Ice cream that's full of fruit!

  • This is such a good idea - i've not seen/ thought of a dessert like this before! Perfect for the summertime too!

    • I hadn't either until my grandmother made it for us all. I wasn't so sure until I tried some. It's perfect for cooling off in the heat of summer.

  • Ooo what a fab idea!! makes for a delicious and refreshing summer fun dessert - yummy xx

    • Thanks! We loved eating it out on the back porch one hot summer day while the boys were out there playing.

  • What an interesting dish to make. I bet it tasted quite good and would go over well with kids.

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