Bring in some of those summery flavors and plenty of refreshing vibes with this creamy fruit salad.
Made with fresh fruits as well as a few jarred items, it’s way better than a canned fruit cocktail and perfect for serving up at parties or for snacks.
A Very Simple Dessert Recipe
This fruit salad recipe is a favorite in our home, one that tastes like a sweet treat yet brims with your favorite fruit combinations.
And it’s one of the easiest desserts to make.
The recipe features mandarin oranges, green apples, maraschino cherries, red grapes, mini marshmallows, and all those tasty flavors come together for an easy fresh fruit salad everyone loves.
Think Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad
If you’re a fan of ambrosia fruit salad, then you’ll no doubt love this fresh fruit salad. Instead of being made with sour cream and coconut, it has a creamy texture from condensed milk.
With all these flavors coming together, this delicious fruit salad almost tastes like a strawberry banana cheesecake.
Well, that’s if you use strawberries and bananas!
I put them into this fruit salad recipe, but it’s a versatile one you can make your way with whatever chopped fruits you love or can find in any season.
Ingredients For Condensed Fruit Salad
- Container of mandarin oranges, drained
- Bananas, sliced
- Strawberries, sliced
- Mini marshmallows
- Green apple, sliced
- Maraschino cherries, drained
- Seedless red grapes, sliced
- Lemon juice
- Sweetened condensed milk
Full recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
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How To Make Fruit Salad With Condensed Milk
- Drain the mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice.
- Slice the strawberries, bananas, green apples, and red grapes. Add them to a large mixing bowl.
- Next, add the mandarin oranges, cherries, and blueberries to the bowl with the other fruit.
- Pour the condensed milk mixture over the fruit and gently stir to coat the fruit.
Start by adding the condensed milk to a bowl.
Pour the lemon juice into the bowl with the condensed milk and mix well.
The lemon juice will help keep the fruit from turning brown, and it gives it a fresh taste.
Slice the strawberries and add them to a large mixing bowl.
Next, add the blueberries to the bowl.
Add the mandarin oranges to the bowl.
Next, add the cherries. The cherries were already pitted, but I had to pull off the stems.
Add the sliced grapes to the bowl.
Next, add the mini marshmallows to the bowl.
Top the marshmallows with sliced apples.
Add the sliced bananas on top and toss the fruit.
Pour the condensed milk mixture over the fruit and gently toss until all of the fruit is covered.
Add the fruit salad to cups or refrigerate until you are ready to use it.
Cool Whip topping is optional, but I totally recommend it because it’s the best finishing touch.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can add your favorite fruits and switch it out when in season.
- Coconut flakes
- Lime juice (instead of lemon)
- Red apples
How To Store The Fruit Salad
Store the fruit salad in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap and keep it refrigerated.
More Delicious Recipes
- Easy fruit salad with vanilla pudding from Julia’s Simply Southern
- Homemade potato salad
- Classic no-bake millionaire pie
Easy Fruit Salad With Condensed Milk
With your favorite fruit and a few sweet enhancements, you can make this condensed milk fruit salad for your family and friends.
Every time I make the simple fruit salad, I serve it in a large bowl, and it still isn’t enough to satisfy everyone. It seriously vanishes almost as quickly as I put it on the table.
This fresh fruit salad recipe is ideal for picnics, barbecues, holidays, family gatherings, or even for a dessert any night that sneaks in more nutrition.
- 23-ounce jar mandarin oranges, drained
- 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 cups seedless grapes, sliced
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 green apple, sliced (medium apple)
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Cool Whip for topping (optional)
- Pour the condensed milk and lemon juice into a small bowl and mix well to combine.
- Drain the mandarin oranges and cherries.
- Slice the strawberries, grapes, apples, and bananas.
- Add the strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, cherries, grapes, marshmallows, apples, and bananas to a large mixing bowl and toss.
- Next, pour the condensed milk mixture over the top and mix until all of the fruit is covered.
The marschino cherries were pitted, but I did have to pull the stems off before adding them to the bowl.
I used bottled lemon juice, but you can also use fresh lemon juice if you have it.
I sliced the apples and bananas last so they wouldn't turn brown before being covered with lemon juice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 5gSugar: 63gProtein: 6g
Nutrition is approximate.
Hi there! I’m Julie Pollitt from ‘Back To My Southern Roots.’ My love for cooking started way back on my grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. Those sunny days, the smell of biscuits in the oven, and all the family fun really sparked my passion for cooking. On my blog, I share more than just recipes – they’re like stories from my life, full of Southern warmth and homey goodness. The best part? Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a kitchen pro, you’ll find my recipes super easy to whip up. So, come on, pull up a chair, and let’s make some delicious memories!