Overnight Fruit Salad is a family favorite, made with cut fruit, rich, fluffy whipped cream, marshmallows and chunks of crunchy sliced nuts.
This fruit salad is a mashup of Easy Fruit Salad, made into a sweeter, decadent dessert similar to Ambrosia Salad. You can also find a lot of other fun treats to make for friends and family on the Dessert Recipe Page if you need more inspiration.
OVERNIGHT FRUIT SALAD
Overnight Fruit Salad is one of the best recipes to make during the holiday season for a few very good reasons: it’s super quick and easy, it tastes best if you let it chill over night so you don’t have to stress about making it the day-of, and it’s one of the tastiest, most refreshing desserts you’ll ever try. This one is great to make with the kids, because they can help out without any risk of burning themselves. Plus, if they sneak a few bites while helping to wash and prep the fruit, they will be getting a nutritious snack! Pro tip, if you cut the fruit first so the kids can wash it, pour a little lemon juice over the pieces so they don’t turn brown before you can finish making the sauce.
Overnight Fruit Salad will quickly become a favorite for family gatherings and holiday parties, mostly because you’ll love how surprised everyone looks when you tell them how easy it was to make. A fun way to put a personal touch on your Fruit Salad is to make your own Homemade Marshmallows. They’re actually really easy to make, and you can cut them into small bites or if you’re feeling extremely fancy you can use a small cookie cutter and make them into fun shapes. To make them even cuter, add just a little bit of red or green food coloring in the mixture to make them Christmas themed.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can swap the whipping cream for Cool Whip if that’s more your style. Plus, if you want to brag about making everything from scratch, you can make Homemade Cool Whip. It’s really quick and simple, and there’s something really satisfying about making it yourself.
If you just aren’t feeling the cream or cool whip variations, you can actually make Overnight Fruit Salad with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has a slightly different consistency, so you may need to chill it sightly longer for it to thoroughly absorb the flavors of the fruit. And it’s a great option if you want to keep it a little lighter.
One of the easiest ways to preserve the color of fruits such as apples, pears, bananas and avocados is to toss them in an acidic substance such as lime and lemon juice.
Not all fruits play well together. Acid fruits like grapefruit and other citrus, pineapples, pomegranates, sour apples and plums, strawberries and tomatoes don’t pair well with sweet fruits like grapes, bananas, persimmon, figs, prunes, and dates.
Because this fruit salad needs to sit overnight to become fully saturated with flavor.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH OVERNIGHT FRUIT SALAD
HOW TO STORE OVERNIGHT FRUIT SALAD
Serve: Overnight Fruit Salad is better chilled and the dairy in it will go bad if you leave it out at room temperature for longer than about 2 hours, so don’t chance it. Spoiled diary can make you very ill.
Store: Overnight Fruit Salad is fine in the fridge for about 3-5 days, as long as it is sealed up properly.
Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze fruit salad because of the dressing. The dressing freezes in such a way that the texture changes when you thaw it back out, so you should enjoy it straight out of the fridge instead.
- 3 large eggs , beaten
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups green grapes
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 20 ounces pineapple chunks , drained
- 15 ounces mandarin oranges , drained
- 2 medium bananas , sliced (not too ripe)
- 4 cups whipped cream , (recipe) or cool whip
- 1/2 cup pecans , chopped
- In a double boiler on medium heat, add the eggs, sugar and vinegar whisking constantly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees.
- Remove from the heat then whisk in the butter until well combined and cool completely.
- In a large mixing bowl add the grapes, marshmallows, pineapple, oranges and bananas and toss with the custard mixture.
- Refrigerate overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Toss with whipped cream and pecans and serve immediately.