Frozen fruit salad is a blast from the past. This vintage recipe is a cool and delicious way to eat your fruit. It is at home at all of our holiday meals, but would also be a fun summer side dish!
This vintage recipe comes straight from my great-grandma’s recipe box. It is a fun twist on marshmallow fruit salad, but even more fun because it is frozen!
It is perfect for holidays or as a refreshing summer side dish. Frozen fruit salad could even be a light dessert.
This recipe is still a staple at my family holidays. My Aunt Jenny usually makes it now and it is present at every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I have a handful of recipes from my Great-Grandma, so I was going through them trying to decide which one I should make first.
When I got to this one, I knew I had to make it. I am familiar with a few of the others, but this one is still a tradition!
Though the combination might seem a little odd these days, it really isn’t that much different than fluff salads or creamy fruit salads. It just has the added bonus of being frozen!
I love trying vintage recipes like this, don’t you? It’s like taking a little step back in time, right into the kitchen of a loved one.
I think my great-grandma must have come to age in a time of fruity dishes like this, because another favorite from her recipe box was the green Jello salad that is loaded with pineapple and cream cheese. There is definitely a nostalgia to both recipes.
My great grandma wasn’t only known for her fruity side dishes though. She also made delicious cookies.
All of my great-grandma’s made great food. You can search “great-grandma” in the search bar (in the side bar on desktop or down below the comments on mobile.) You will find loads of great classic recipes.
Here are some suggestions:
Great-grandma’s scalloped corn is a classic side dish. It is made from super simple ingredients but it really is delicious!
Great-grandma’s apple crisp is actually a quite healthy treat. It is a great way to turn apples into something extra fun.
Great-grandma’s egg noodles are a Thanksgiving must have for our family. However we also use them to make chicken and noodles a couple of times throughout the year.
Or try making an old fashioned frog eye salad. It is another fun twist on a fruit salad with a creamy custard base and teeny balls of pasta.
When and how do you serve frozen fruit salad?
My family always serves frozen fruit salad as a side dish at holiday dinners. It is a small way to have great grandma there with us and part of the tradition.
Frozen fruit salad would be perfect side dish for a summer BBQ as well. It would be such a refreshing addition to the menu.
Serve frozen fruit salad as a light fruity dessert. It’s a great make ahead and you can grab a piece whenever you want it.
For an extra fun twist on frozen fruit salad, freeze it in a cupcake tin. Then it’s single serve and the perfect way to have a piece whenever you want!
Can I use something besides fruit cocktail?
You can use any mix of fruit you would like, but fruit cocktail adds great flavor. The extra cherries add color and flavor.
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Frozen Fruit Salad
- 6 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup heavy cream whipped
- 3½ cups fruit cocktail well drained
- ½ cup drained Maraschino cherries
- 2½ cups mini marshmallows
- Quarter cherries
- Cream together the room temperature cream cheese and mayonaise.
- Add cherries, fruit cocktail and marshmallows, mixing it together.
- Fold in whipped cream.
- Put into a glass 9×13 pan or similarly sized freezer safe serving dish. Freeze until solid.
- Remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before time to serve.
- Cut into squares and enjoy.