14 Holiday-Ready Fruit Salads

Blueberry Gelatin Salad With Cream Cheese Topping
Diana Rattray
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    Fruit Salad Recipes for Any Occasion

    Strawberry Pretzel Salad
    Diana Rattray

    Southerners love their fruit salads, from the traditional fresh fruity ambrosia to the ubiquitous holiday congealed salad.  A fruit salad on a holiday table, whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert, is a refreshing and flavorful change of pace from the many savory dishes.​

    Consider serving an apple or cranberry salad along with the meal, or serve a fresh fruit salad before the main meal. The strawberry pretzel salad (pictured) is a fabulous dessert, but it can be enjoyed along with...MORE the meal as well. The refreshing frozen salads are wonderful served with the main meal or after.

    Here are some of the most popular recipes for holiday fruit salads, including several family favorites.

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    Pineapple Salad with Walnuts

    Pineapple Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This pineapple salad is similar to the classic Waldorf salad. The chunks of pineapple give it a refreshing and delicious change from the typical fresh apple chunks. Use fresh pineapple for an extra-special salad.

    Pineapple Salad with Walnuts

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    Frozen Pineapple Cranberry Salad

    cranberry pineapple salad with walnuts
    Diana Rattray

    This fruit salad is made with cranberry sauce and pineapples. A sweetened sour cream and whipped topping dressing brings the fruits together, while chopped nuts add crunch and texture. The salad can be frozen in muffin cups for individual servings.

    Frozen Pineapple Cranberry Salad

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    Creamy Frozen Fruit Salad

    Frozen Fruit Salad
    Diana Rattray

    There's no mayonnaise or sour cream in this version of the old-fashioned frozen fruit salad, and it's made without marshmallows. Just fruit, pecans, cream cheese, and whipped cream. 

    Creamy Frozen Fruit Salad (No Mayonnaise)

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    Cranberry Gelatin Salad

    Cranberry Gelatin Salad
    Diana Rattray

    You'll find this cranberry salad on many Thanksgiving dinner menus throughout the South.

    Cranberry Gelatin Salad

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    Classic Waldorf Salad

    Classic Waldorf Salad
    Diana Rattray

    A Waldorf salad is a genius combination of chopped apples with walnuts and celery. This version is finished with a sweetened mayonnaise and whipped cream dressing. 

    Classic Waldorf Salad

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    Blueberry Gelatin Salad

    Blueberry Gelatin Salad With Cream Cheese Topping
    Diana Rattray

    This blueberry salad is an unexpected and flavorful change of pace. Canned blueberries and pineapple get together in this bright and attractive gelatin salad. Depending on the season, you might find berry-flavored blue gelatin.

    Blueberry Gelatin Salad

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    Easy Ambrosia Salad with Sour Cream Dressing

    easy ambrosia salad
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    Here's an easy, top-rated ambrosia salad with marshmallows and a variety of fruits.

    Easy Ambrosia Salad with Sour Cream Dressing 

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    Apple Salad with Pecans and Raisins

    Waldorf Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This apple salad is similar to a Waldorf salad. It's made with red delicious apples, celery, pecans, raisins, and mayonnaise. Feel free to make it with dried cranberries for a festive change of pace.

    Apple Salad with Pecans and Raisins

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    Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Coconut

    Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Coconut
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    This easy Southern fruit and coconut salad is always a hit. It's fresh and delicious! Consider adding some banana slices just before serving. Garnish the salad with mint leaves for a spectacular presentation.

    Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Coconut

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    Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad

    Frozen Fruit Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe was adapted from a 1950s newspaper clipping. The salad is a simple mixture of marshmallows, fruit cocktail, cherries, and a creamy dressing. Freeze the mixture in a loaf pan and slice to serve.

    Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad

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    Frozen Fruit Salad with Marshmallows

    frozen millionaire salad, fruit
    Diana Rattray

    This fruit salad is made with grapes, pineapple, pecans, marshmallows, and more. Cream cheese, mayonnaise, sugar, and cream make up the dressing for the salad.

    Frozen Fruit Salad with Marshmallows

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    Creamy Carrot Gelatin Salad

    Gelatin salad
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    Crushed pineapple, cream cheese, marshmallows, and carrots are mixed with lemon gelatin in this tasty congealed salad.

     ​Creamy Carrot Gelatin Salad

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    Creamy Fruit Salad with Peaches and Pineapple

    fresh sliced peaches
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    Vanilla pudding, sour cream, and a variety of fruits make this an excellent combination for a special meal. 

    Creamy Fruit Salad with Peaches and Pineapple​