Vanilla Fruit Salad

I cannot resist the glory of summertime fruit.

It’s my favorite time of year. So many amazing, sweet, juicy, wonderful options.

Vanilla Fruit Salad - The easiest fruit salad ever thanks to a secret ingredient! Make it for your next party and watch it disappear!

Every now and then my eyes are bigger than my stomach and I find myself with enough fruit on hand to open up my own grocery store.

The answer? Make fruit salad.

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Vanilla Fruit Salad - The easiest fruit salad ever thanks to a secret ingredient! Make it for your next party and watch it disappear!

This lightly vanilla-kissed fruit salad is the easiest fruit salad ever. The vanilla flavor is light, but adds an extra something special to nature’s finest.

Simply sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of instant vanilla pudding mix over a bowl of fruit, stir, and over time the natural fruit juices will moisten the pudding powder. Or you can add a splash of water to help it along.

The pudding mix and fruit juices make a thin coating and it’s so good. If you don’t have pudding mix in your area or are opposed to it, this probably isn’t the recipe for you.

Vanilla Fruit Salad - The easiest fruit salad ever thanks to a secret ingredient! Make it for your next party and watch it disappear!

If you’re a citrus fan, you can add a couple tablespoons of lemon or lime juice for a tangier fruit salad. I also find a tiny bit of almond extract tastes excellent.

If you’re throwing a Fourth of July party or any event, you can stir the fruit salad together the night before and let the flavors marry. One less thing to do the day of the event, and the salad tastes even better after an overnight stint in the fridge.

Vanilla Fruit Salad - The easiest fruit salad ever thanks to a secret ingredient! Make it for your next party and watch it disappear!

If you find yourself with a surplus of fruit such as cherries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cantaloupe, honeydew, or kiwi just toss everything together.

Your fruit surplus will magically disappear.

Vanilla Fruit Salad - The easiest fruit salad ever thanks to a secret ingredient! Make it for your next party and watch it disappear!

Vanilla Fruit Salad

This lightly vanilla-kissed fruit salad is the easiest fruit salad ever. The vanilla flavor is light, but adds an extra something special to nature’s finest. Pudding mix and natural fruit juices make a thin coating and it’s so good. If you’re a citrus fan, add a couple tablespoons of lemon or lime juice for a tangier fruit salad and I like to add almond extract, too. If you’re throwing a party, you can make the salad the night before and let the flavors marry. One less thing to do the day of the event, and the salad tastes even better after an overnight stint in the fridge. If you find yourself with a surplus of fruit such as cherries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cantaloupe, honeydew, or kiwi just toss everything together. Your fruit surplus will magically disappear.

Ingredients:

3 to 4 cups fruit (I used 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries,  1 cup grapes, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup pineapple)
1 to 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix (Jell-O brand is vegan, no gelatin)
about 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, optional
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional

Directions:

  1. Add fruit to a large bowl. Fruits to consider – cherries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, etc.
  2. Sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons instant pudding mix powder and toss to combine. Over time, the natural fruit juices moisten the pudding powder. Or help it along with a splash of water.
  3. Optionally add lemon or lime juice for a tangier fruit salad and toss to combine.
  4. Optionally add vanilla or almond extract, or both, and toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before serving. I prefer to make it and refrigerate overnight because the flavors marry and the coating tastes best. Fruit salad will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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52 comments on “Vanilla Fruit Salad”

  1. I crave tons of fresh fruit during the summer. For breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, for snacks – I want it all the time! I can’t wait to try this awesome salad! Love the vanilla touch.

  2. Averie I never thought pudding mix can be used in this way too!! Gorgeous looking salad and I am crazy for all summer fruits too!

  3. I’m definitely making this as soon as I can get to the store to get fresh fruit. It is so beautiful and looks so refreshing!

  4. I LOVE fruit salad, and this one is SO pretty, Averie! Love the pop of vanilla.

  5. Instant vanilla pudding mix in fruit salad?? Averie, you’re a genius!! With how much fruit I always end up buying (and how my guy refuses to eat any of it), I definitely want to try this. Yum! :) And I totally thought of you the other day. I was watching a past episode of “Rewrapped” on the Food Network. (It’s a show where 3 contestants have to recreate an iconic American snack or dessert in the first round, then use it to create something [Chopped-style] in the second round.) The episode was making Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies, and when one contestant put instant pudding mix in his cookie dough to make it softer, every single judge — including the baking expert — freaked out and said that was absolutely insane and they’d never ever do that themselves. With how many incredible pudding cookies you’ve made, I thought you might get a smile out of that! ;)

  6. yum looks so delicious and refreshing. what an interesting idea of using pudding mix. thanks for the awesome ideas.

  7. I could easily eat my body weight of this fruit salad! :) It looks beautiful too!

  8. Vanilla pudding mix? I gotta try it! I usually put the Splenda sugar on strawberries only before pour them over other fruits. It was so delicious!!

  9. How long will it keep in frig?

  10. I can’t believe how many people have not heard of adding the pudding mix to fruit. My family has been making this for YEARS!!! It is delish! Thanks for sharing with everyone. :)

  11. When you are making this, do you add the extracts?  If so, what’s your favorite?  Do you prefer lemon over lime juice or doesn’t it matter?  What has been your favorite mix of fruits?

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