14 Fabulous Holiday-Ready Fruit Salads

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    Fruit Salad Recipes for Any Occasion

    Strawberry Pretzel Salad
    Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Diana Rattray

     A fruit salad on a holiday table, whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert, is a refreshing and flavorful change from the many savory dishes.

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

    Here are some of my top choices for...MORE holiday fruit salads, including many family favorites.

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    Pineapple Salad with Walnuts

    Pineapple Salad
    Pineapple Salad. Diana Rattray

    This pineapple salad is similar to a Waldorf salad. The chunks of pineapple give it a refreshing and delicious change from the typical fresh apple chunks.

    Pineapple Salad with Walnuts

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    Creamy Frozen Fruit Salad

    Frozen Fruit Salad
    Frozen Fruit Salad. Diana Rattray

    There's no mayonnaise 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
    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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    Blueberry Gelatin Salad

    Blueberry Gelatin Salad With Cream Cheese Topping
    Blueberry Gelatin Salad. 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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    Classic Waldorf Salad

    Classic Waldorf Salad
    Classic Waldorf Salad. Diana Rattray

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

    Classic Waldorf Salad

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    Easy Ambrosia Salad with Sour Cream Dressing

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    Ambrosia salad with marshmallows. Susan Kinast/Photodisc/Getty Images

    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
    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
    Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Coconut. Lisa Charles Watson/Getty Images

    This easy Southern fruit and coconut salad is always a hit.

     Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Coconut

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    Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad

    Frozen Fruit Salad
    Photo: Diana Rattray

     This recipe came from a 1950s newspaper clipping. The salad is a simple mixture of marshmallows, fruit cocktail, cherries, and a creamy dressing.

    Old-Fashioned Frozen Fruit Salad

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    Frozen Fruit Salad with Marshmallows

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    Frozen fruit salad. 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
    Gelatin salad garnished with fresh blueberries. Kelly Kalhoefer / Getty Images

    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
    Jacob Snavely/Photodisc/Getty Images

     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​

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    Frozen Pineapple Cranberry Salad

    This fruit salad is made with cranberry sauce and pineapples. A sweetened sour cream and whipped topping dressing brings it together and chopped nuts add some crunch.

    Frozen Pineapple Cranberry Salad