This fresh fruit salad is loaded with all kinds of fruit. The condensed milk brings it together in a creamy treat that makes it perfect with breakfast, as a simple side dish, or as a lighter dessert.
Adding sweetened condensed milk to a fruit salad brings it all together in a creamy treat. It is perfect for a party, brunch, and so much more.
Fruit salad is a welcome addition to almost any occasion. It is also wonderful any time of day.
You can serve it with breakfast. It’s wonderful at Easter breakfast or Mother’s Day brunch.
It is great at lunchtime as a fresh side. Or you can enjoy it as an afternoon snack.
The creamy condensed milk addition in this recipe even makes it welcome as a dessert. Add a dollop of whipped cream to make it extra special.
If the only fruit salad you know is fruit cocktail, you are really missing out. You have to give this recipe a try!
Why We Love This Fruit Salad
Fresh berries are one of our favorite fruits. But it is hard to get them at their peek.
They can go from underripe to overripe quickly. The condensed milk helps to give slightly underripe fruit that extra sweetness.
Tossing the fruit in lemon juice helps to keep them from oxidizing and turning brown to quickly. This is especially helpful for fruit like bananas and apples.
The acid also gives balance to the sugar in the dressing. Not to mention it reacts with the condensed milk and helps to give it even more body.
You can adjust the fruit to match whatever you have on hand, or use your favorites. We like this mix of fruit because it gives all sorts of textures and flavors.
Add maraschino cherries if you want a retro flare. Or try adding marshmallows if you want it to be even more of a dessert salad.
What other fruits would be good in this fruit salad?
You can either substitute some fruit, or add more fruit to this tasty fruit salad recipe. Some great options would be blackberries, raspberries, mango, kiwi, peaches and more.
More Great Fruity Salad Recipes
If you are looking for more of a dinner salad, try making a salad with fruit, chicken and poppy seed dressing. The recipe is based off of one of my favorite lunches at Portillos.
Or try making chicken salad with pineapple and grapes. It is perfect served over greens, as a sandwich or on crackers.
Mixing fruit cocktail with pudding mix is another easy way to make fruit extra special. We love a mix of oranges, pineapple and fruit cocktail.
For a vintage fluff style salad, try making frog eye salad. The name is silly and the thought of adding pasta to a fruit salad is strange too, but it really is so delicious.
My great-grandma’s frozen fruit salad is another great option. This old fashioned recipe is a staple at our extended family gatherings. Or make a creamy ambrosia salad that is similar in a lot of ways, but not frozen.
Condensed Milk Fruit Salad
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 large apple
- 2 bananas
- 1 lb. strawberries
- 1 pint blueberries
- 2 cups grapes
- 15 oz. can mandarin oranges
- 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- Pour lemon juice in the bottom of a large bowl.
- Wash and core the apple. Chop it into bite sized pieces and add to bowl.
- Peel and slice bananas and place in bowl. Toss bananas and apples in the lemon juice to coat and prevent browning.
- Wash grapes, strawberries and blueberries. Add blueberries to bowl. Cut strawberries into bite sized pieces and place in bowl. If grapes are large, cut in half, otherwise add to the bowl.
- Drain the pineapple, but reserve the juice. Add 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and the pineapple bits to the bowl along with the drained oranges.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the fruit and toss to coat. Add more pineapple juice if you want to thin out the dressing a bit.
- Cover and chill until ready to serve.