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Great-Grandma’s Frozen Fruit Salad

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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!

side view of frozen fruit salad with bits of marshmallow, pears, peaches and cherries showing

       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.

looking across a glass pan of frozen fruit salad with bits of fruit cocktail and marshmallows showing

    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!

square of pink frozen fruit salad being lifted out of pan.

    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.

square piece of frozen fruit salad on small plate.

      My great grandma wasn’t only known for her fruity side dishes though.  She also made delicious cookies. I have shared her peanut butter cookies as well as her oatmeal raisin step-on cookies.

     Great-grandma wasn’t the only good cook, her mom is the one that brought us dutch apple cake. I put a spin on that recipe to make our favorite peach breakfast cake.

fork going into piece of frozen fruit salad.

      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.

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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!

Yield: 24 Servings

Frozen Fruit Salad

slice of pink frozen fruit salad with chunks of fruit and marshmallows showing

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 treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup heavy cream - "Whipped"
  • 3 1/2 cups fruit cocktail, well drained
  • 1/2 cup drained Maraschino cherries
  • 2 1/2 cups little marshmallows


  1. Quarter cherries
  2. Cream together the room temperature cream cheese and mayonaise.
  3. Add cherries, fruit cocktail and marshmallows, mixing it together.
  4. Fold in whipped cream.
  5. Put into a glass 9x13 pan or similarly sized freezer safe serving dish. Freeze until solid.
  6. Remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before time to serve.
  7. Cut into squares and enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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!

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Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

I have my mom's recipe for this (I think it came from a recipe booklet from a 1937 fridge). We only had it on Xmas Eve, it was time consuming to make - not fruit cocktail, but cut up fresh fruits (the 1 I had to deal with were: peeled/pitted grapes, lol, in the 50s, 60s, helping before seedless grapes I guess). Also, no marshmallows. I still make once a yr, my brother says its not the season w/o it.


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Isn't it funny how certain recipes make the holidays? The fruit cocktail definitely saves some time, but it's hard to change a classic once your family has fallen in love. Thank you for sharing!

Julie carreno

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Awesome salad


Saturday 13th of February 2021



Thursday 15th of October 2020

I have wondered for years how my mom made this frozen fruit salad. I'm amazed that mayo was one of the ingredients. Thank you for posting!!


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I know, it sounds strange but it really works! I am so glad I could connect you with the recipe!

Patricia Dudley

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

This sounds so good, but my grandson is allergic to cherries. Can I substitute another kind of fruit combination?


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Sliced bananas and strawberries sound like wonderful additions!

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Thursday 15th of October 2020

My grandma,and now I, put sliced or diced banana in it. If you need the color, finely dice some strawberries. (I don't like maraschinoes either.) 😉


Sunday 24th of May 2020

Oh my, then we definitely need to make some changes. You could sub in just pears, peaches and pineapple instead of the fruit cocktail and use four cups total of fruit. Or if you have a fruit cocktail you like that doesn't have cherries, mandarin oranges would be a fun replacement for the cherries. You'll have to let me know what you decide to do and how it goes!


Friday 8th of March 2019

What an interesting recipe! I love old school family traditions like this!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

It's a fun one steeped in a lot of memories for my family!

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