Fruit Salad Recipe With Vanilla Pudding

Elevate the classic fruit salad experience with Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad—a delightful and sweet variation on the traditional recipe. This effortless dessert boasts a vibrant rainbow of fruits, generously coated in a simple yet luscious vanilla sauce, making it an ideal standalone dessert or a heavenly topping for ice cream. Indulge in the perfect blend of freshness and sweetness with this easy-to-create treat!

Embrace the joys of summer—the lush green grass, vibrant fresh flowers, sun-drenched afternoons, and the abundance of ripe fruits and vegetables! Infuse the essence of the season into every meal, starting with Mango Berry Overnight Oats for breakfast, transitioning to delightful salads for lunch, and rounding off the day with grilled veggies for dinner. And, of course, a finale of fresh fruits and berries for dessert—the perfectly sweet conclusion to a beautiful summer meal!

While pies and fruit crisps often grace my kitchen, there are times when simplicity reigns supreme. Opting for something effortlessly easy, sans baking and free of fuss, allows me to relish the summer bounty to its fullest. It’s a refreshing departure, offering a no-fuss yet utterly delightful way to savor the abundance of the season.

This dessert is a vibrant medley of all the colors of the rainbow, artfully assembled in one delicious bowl. I opt for the convenience of canned peaches, mandarins, and pineapple to streamline the preparation, but fresh alternatives work splendidly if you have them on hand. For a fresh touch, I recommend quickly peeling the peaches using a simple tomato peeling method and tossing them in a bit of lemon or lime juice to prevent browning.

To create the sweet vanilla sauce, a touch of pudding mix combines with the juice from one can of peaches, while the remaining fruit is drained. This transforms the medley into a simple summer dessert bursting with both color and flavor. Vanilla proves to be the perfect complement for this Fruit Salad with Vanilla Pudding.

Serve it as is or elevate it with a dollop of Cool Whip. For an extra special treat, consider spooning it over ice cream, Greek yogurt, or angel food cake. If you desire more sauce, you can create an additional batch by mixing reserved fruit juices with pudding mix. To maintain balance, it’s advisable to make any extra sauce separately and add it to the fruit salad as needed, as it can become quite sweet.

For a burst of citrusy freshness, I enhance the ensemble with fresh lime zest. If lime is unavailable, feel free to substitute with lemon zest or even combine both for an extra citrus kick. This Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is the ideal dessert to satisfy a crowd’s sweet cravings.

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Holly Nilsson
Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is a simple and sweet twist on a traditional fruit salad recipe. This easy dessert has a beautiful rainbow of fruit in an easy vanilla sauce making it the perfect dessert or ice cream topping!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 81 kcal


  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 2 cans sliced peaches 15 ounces each
  • 1 can mandarin orange segments 11 ounces
  • 1 can pineapple chunks 15 ounces
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1 green apple cored & diced
  • 1 ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 ½ cups purple grapes
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix


  • Zest the lime.
  • Drain one of the cans of peaches into a large bowl. Stir 2 tablespoons pudding mix into the juice.
  • Drain remaining can of peaches, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks. (Juice is not needed for this recipe).
  • Add all fruit and lime zest to the pudding mixture. Gently stir to combine.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Information
Calories: 81 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 24.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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