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11 Fantastic Fruit Salad Recipes with Sour Cream (All Types)

Fruit Salads and fresh apples with cinnamon.

Summer does not inspire baking. I don’t know about you, but where I live it can reach a more than balmy 110 degrees Fahrenheit. I need to serve dessert but cold desserts like fruit salad. Whether made with a base of sweetened mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, sorbet, or thickened juices, these salads taste fabulous and offer a delicious dessert you can make in minutes.

Fruit salads offer an amazing diversity. Once you find a salad base you enjoy, you can add any fruits to it and create your own recipe. From berries to apples, most fruits work well in a fruit salad.

Let’s explore some of the tastiest recipes available and learn a few tips for creating the tastiest fruit salads available.

1. April’s Favorite Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Salad with raisins.

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I can’t help starting with my favorite, so make sure you have sour cream and cream cheese in the fridge. This recipe combines cranberries, apples, and chopped nuts for a crunchy, sweet taste. The creamy, cheesy dressing also uses water, lemon juice, plus brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon for extra sweetness.

This may seem like a sweetness overload, but it makes the perfect summer dessert after pork or chicken. You completely avoid the oven, but it does need to refrigerate for an hour before serving.

2. Traditional Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Traditional Ambrosia Salad with cherry.

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When you need a dessert on the table quickly, choose this ambrosia salad that combines coconut with the succulent fruits pineapple and oranges. Whipped topping and marshmallows pull it all together for a super-fast and easy recipe to impress everyone at the potluck or barbeque. It works well as the dessert for nearly any summer meal.

Since you can purchase the fruits canned and everything else keeps in the refrigerator or pantry, you can keep these ingredients on hand at all times and throw this together in a flash.

3. Are Those Skittles? Fruit Salad Recipe

Fruit Salad with fresh fruits.

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Laugh all you want, but to me, the tiny bits of fruit in this salad make it look like a bowl of Skittles from afar. You won’t see the salad “dressing” in this recipe because it uses honey, lime juice, and lime zest. You’ll taste almost pure fruit in this recipe that includes strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, grapes, kiwis, oranges, and bananas.

Looking for a fruit salad that stays low on calories? Try this one that only contains 163 calories per serving but 117 percent of your daily Vitamin C.

4. Five Minute Fruit Salad Recipe

fruit salad on the glass with cherry.

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Do you need a dessert in five minutes? Here you go. I’m there for you with this fruit salad that requires almost no work to make. You can serve it right away and you likely already have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.

You need a can of fruit, Cool Whip, or another whipped topping, and marshmallows. You can make it with separate fruits that you buy fresh, but how awesome to know that you can use two cans of fruit cocktail, too. Try the Cool Whip variations, such as vanilla yogurt or sour cream.

5. Juicy Fruit Salad Recipe

Juicy Fruit Salad with pomegranate.

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You don’t need the gum for this salad. Make this treat in five minutes. You only need an apple, an orange, a banana, a cup of grapes, and a can of pineapple chunks. The dressing consists of pineapple juice.

Unlike most of the other recipes, which serve 10, this quick dessert only serves six. Still. Plop, pour, and stir makes it pretty easy. Plus, you can let it chill in the fridge while you eat or serve it fresh. Try it with a little sour cream, Cool Whip, or sorbet.

6. Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe

Pudding Fruit Salad with kiwi and apple.

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Think of this as a non-traditional fruit salad. It combines vanilla pudding with whipped topping for a creamy, sweet dressing that has grapes, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries swimming in it with mini marshmallows. Slurp.

This 80-calorie dessert contains just 13 grams of sugars when made the regular way, but you can also make it with sugar-free pudding and sour cream or whipped topping to reduce that to only the tiny amounts naturally occurring in the fruits. It takes 20 minutes to make and serves nine.

7. Sugar Overload Cream Cheese Fruit Salad Recipe

Sugar Overload Cream Cheese Fruit Salad.

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Unlike the previous recipe, this one contains all the sugar and more. You literally add a quarter of a cup of sugar to the fruit, coconut, and cream cheese. It contains both fruit cocktail and fresh fruit, not to mention chopped pecans. You will only need 15 minutes to mix it up, but it needs an hour to set in the fridge. Your patience and effort yield eight delicious servings.

8. Three Ingredient Fruit Salad Recipe

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The number three sounds misleading. You need six cups of any fruit assortment that you like. You can use a Chick-fil-a fruit platter as the mom you wrote the recipe did, but I think a few cans of fruit cocktail would probably cost less. With your fruit mix, you combine a cup of pineapple juice and a box of vanilla pudding. You don’t even make the pudding. The vanilla just adds flavor.

9. Easy Winter Fresh Fruit and Nut Salad Recipe

Winter fresh fruit with fresh berries.

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The recipe seems to have no dressing at first glance, but it does. Honey stealthily combines with orange juice and cinnamon. I think the recipe uses cinnamon to add to the winter theme. It might seem odd in a fruit salad at first but consider the seasonal expectation of cinnamon or nutmeg. The pears and apples provide a cider-like hint to it, too.

10. Sweet and Creamy Filipino Fruit Salad Recipe

Sweet and Creamy Filipino Fruit Salad.

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Treat your family to a traditional Filipino dessert that you can make in a flash. You will need some unusual ingredients for the US or UK – sugar palm fruit and coconut gel plus Eden cheese.

Otherwise, this uses sweetened condensed milk, cream, and fruit cocktail plus coconut. In The Philippines, they serve this dish on holidays, especially Christmas. The recipe adds fat but keeps the calories at a low 52 calories per serving.

11. Candy Bar Apple Salad Recipe

Candy Bar Apple Salad and fresh green apple.

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This fruit salad adds a bit of non-fruit goodness in the form of chocolate. You’ll need milk, vanilla pudding, whipped topping, apples, and Snickers candy bars for the traditional candy bars, which you cut up into pieces. Of course, you can just buy minis and use them, too.

Although the recipe only calls for apples, you can add other fruits that complement the apples and candy. You can switch the candy bars for sugar-free minis from Russell Stover or Hershey’s or sugar-free Reese’s peanut butter cups. Cherries go well with apples and chocolate, so have fun and get creative with this one.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about fruit? Pudding? Fruit dressing? I’m here for you. Everyone has their first time cooking. We all move out on our own and have to fend for ourselves, so why not start with a simple recipe that you can easily make and impress whoever, wherever? Fruit salad, especially ambrosia, offers something most people love, and few could mess up making it.

What’s the easiest way to make fruit salad?

Option 1: Mix a package of cream cheese with half of a tub of sour cream and two cans of fruit cocktail. Include a tablespoon or two of the fruit cocktail juice in the dressing mixture and stir well. Let it chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. You made dessert.

Option 2: Mix a tub of Cool Whip with two cans of fruit cocktail after draining the cocktail juice from the fruit. After you stir it well, add two tablespoons of the cocktail juice and stir again. You can serve your tasty dessert immediately.

Can you substitute frozen for fresh fruit?

Fruit salad forgives you for just about everything. You can use canned fruit, frozen fruit, fresh fruit, or a mixture of those. Your fruit can come from just about any source. You can even use dried fruit if you soak it first in either water or fruit juice.

What items can you add to the fruit salad?

Common additions to fruit and the dressing include nuts, currants, raisins, and dates. Although the last three are fruits, I’m referring to the dried versions. Toss in small candies like Skittles or M & M candy. Candy sprinkles that typically top cupcakes or flavored marshmallows also make fun and tasty additions.

How many dressing variations exist?

Most people use sour cream, cream cheese, or whipped topping to make the dressing. Diet recipes usually turn to honey as an alternative. Many options exist though.

Try pancake syrup, maple syrup, the flavoring syrups for coffees, pudding of any flavor you like, sorbets, Jell-O, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cream, or a currant or jam. Essentially, you can use any sweetened liquid that creates a thick base for the fruit. But fruit compote tastes great, too.

Can you make any of these recipes sugar-free?

I won’t lie. Fruit has sugar in it. You cannot suck the sugar out of an apple or orange to make sugar-free fruit salad. Choose lower sugar fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries for the fruits in your salad. You can replace the dressing ingredients with sugar-free ones, too.

Even in recipes that call for sugar, simply replace it with the same amount of Splenda. This makes a hearty fruit salad with tons of fiber and very little sugar.

Can you make any of these recipes fat-free or low-fat?

Fruit by itself offers a no-fat dessert. These fruit salad recipes add a little fat with their dressing. It’s simple to reduce the fat content in these recipes by replacing the full-fat sour cream with fat-free. The same goes for the cream cheese and the heavy whipping cream. You switch out a high-fat ingredient for a low-fat one and still end up with a delectable dessert.

Do you have more advice for those with diabetes?

I do, indeed. Many of the people closest to me have battled this disease, so I’ve cut the sugar out for a long time. If you need to watch your sugar intake or know someone who does, you have a few fruits and add-ins to totally avoid. These include dates, all dried fruits, lychees, and mangoes. Also, avoid candied fruit, using fruit juice in recipes, and fruits in heavy syrup.

The latter doesn’t mean giving up a fruit cocktail. Shop online to find fruit cocktails in light syrup or fruit juice. Since you drain the juice or syrup, your fruit won’t be too saturated this way.

Also, remember to only eat one serving of whatever you make and measure that. That heaping tablespoon you add, or rounded cup can add sugar that hurts you, but with careful cooking, you only need to substitute the sugar and change a couple of ingredients to still enjoy fruit salad.