Creamy Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe

Creamy Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe

Creamy Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad Recipe
Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad is cool and creamy. With only 5 ingredients it comes together quickly and can be made ahead. Add extra cherries and you have a party!

This delicious recipe was first published in 2016 and was updated to improve reader experience.
2 bowls of Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad with a jar of marshmallows
Tropical Fruit Cocktail salad is one of those “save the day” recipes. Dump 5 ingredients together and in about 5 nanoseconds you have a creamy dreamy dish that everyone is guaranteed to like!

 It’s quick, easy, and perfect for any occasion.

If you grew up with canned fruit cocktail, you knew that the one who opened the can got the cherry. The rest of us just got a bunch of peaches, pears, and grapes. 

Closeup of a partial bowl of Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad
With this fruit cocktail salad, you can just leave it as is or hey, go dump in enough cherries for everyone. And the addition of the miniature marshmallows makes it fun for all.

 It has nice big pieces of fruit that aren’t mushy like some canned fruit. The traditional fruit cocktail can be interchanged

What is Fruit Cocktail?
Fruit cocktail is a mixture of canned diced fruit in juice or syrup. It traditionally includes pears, peaches, grapes, and a maraschino cherry. The tropical version contains pineapple and papaya.

 You might call this a salad or a dessert. I call it cool, creamy and delicious just like our Pineapple Cherry Fluff salad. And, did you see the Fruit Salad Trifle Dessert?

Ingredients for Tropical Fruit Cocktail with Cool Whip & Pudding Recipe
Dole Tropical Fruit Cocktail
Cool Whip
Crushed pineapple
Miniature marshmallows
Instant lemon pudding
Variations that you can make to Fruit Cocktail Salad
Use different flavors of pudding. Vanilla, Lemon, Coconut, are all delicious options.
Add a cup of nuts. Pecans or macadamia would both be delicious.
For a real tropical flair add toasted coconut.
Add additional maraschino cherries to make the kiddos happy!
Exchange Tropical Fruit salad with traditional Fruit Cocktail.
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Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad
Dump five ingredients together and you have a delicious Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad, that everyone loves. Add some maraschino cherries, and we have a party!


5 cups marshmallows miniature
11 oz whipped topping I used Cool Whip Free
Maraschino cherries coconut optional
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate. 
Recipe adapted from The St. Robert Bellarmine cookbook, “Angel Foods”
Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg