Ever since I could remember my mother always made fruit salad for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is my favorite part about the holidays. It’s not every day that we get to have fruit salad. Now that she has passed on this recipe to me, I can make it at any time, but it just seems fitting for the holidays. I have always made this fruit salad the night before in order for the salad to become creamy. The longer the fruit salad sits the thicker it will become. If you are one of those families that like to make things the night before this would be simple and easy to make with little mess and little time.

This fruit salad is like no other fruit salad. There isn’t jello or frog egg noodles. I don’t know about you, but those types of fruit salads always freaked me out. Jello jiggles and well…I always thought I was eating frog eggs. This simple 5 minute – 5 ingredient fruit salad will make a great addition to your Christmas dinner and your children will love it as well. It’s also a great way to get your children to enjoy fruit!

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 tub of regular sour cream
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks
  • 2 cans of peach slices
  • 2 cans of mandarin oranges

Marshmallows and Sour Cream


First empty your bag of marshmallows and the tub of sour cream into a large mixing bowl. Once all the fruit has been added it will take up the whole bowl.





Remember to drain your peaches and oranges!


Drain your peaches and mandarin oranges. Keep the juice from the pineapples. This will help make the fruit salad creamy.




Finished product!


Then add all your fruit, mix, and enjoy!


I have also seen people add their favorite kind of nut or add other types of fruit. You may also use low fat or fat free sour cream as well. I have never tried this fruit salad with any other ingredients but I hear great things from those that have changed it. This recipe makes a large amount and for my large family we always have leftovers. Although leftovers are the best part about the holidays. You are more then welcome to cut the recipe in half if you would like.

Are you going to try this simple 5 minute recipe? What are you going to change or add to it?  What did you like and didn’t like about it? Will you use this fruit salad for other occasions such as a company dinner or a family picnic? Any tips and pointers for the next sister to try? Even if you stay with this recipe or change it I would love to hear your input.

From one sister to another I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and had an amazing Thanksgiving.

Love in Sigma Kappa

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3 Responses to Fruit Salad for the Holidays…..

  1. Brittney Gomez says:

    Yay Lisa! Great blog post! In my family, we made this same thing, except we used coconut instead of peaches, but kept everything else the same. We called it 5 cup salad, because you use one cup of every ingredient (sour cream, pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut, and mini marshmallows). You’re right about it being better the second day!

    Look forward to more blog posts to come. :)

  2. Courtney Hannah Courtney Hannah says:

    I agree on the coconut. I also add walnuts that I have broken into small chunks (think the size of nuts in brownies) and cherries for color. You can also add food coloring depending on the season or event. It is a great dish, thanks for sharing.

  3. Tiffany Alvey says:

    This sounds delicious!! I plan on making it as soon as I can eat dairy/soy again :).

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