ORANGE CREAM FRUIT SALAD

  This Orange Cream Fruit Salad is creamy, fresh and delicious! It is so easy to make and is the perfect side dish for any meal!
Butter With a Side of Bread: Orange Cream Fruit Salad

This recipe has been a family favorite for years.  I love fruit, and while fresh fruit is my favorite, this is a great recipe to make in the winter when good produce is hard to find (and expensive!), and it has also come in handy many times when I need to make a side dish and don’t have time to run to the store since many of the ingredients are ones that I keep on hand regularly.
UPDATE: I’ve made this salad so many times, but recently decided to change it up just a little bit and I’m loving the new version! I swapped the Cool Whip out with Greek yogurt and added some strawberries too – make sure to take a peek at the newest version of this recipe here!
Orange Cream Fruit Salad
3 oz. pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup-1 1/2 cups milk*
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
8 oz container Cool Whip
20 oz. can pineapple chunks or tidbits, drained well
11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained well
2 bananas, sliced
Combine pudding mix, milk and orange juice concentrate in a mixing bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes and then fold in the Cool Whip.  Gently mix in the fruit and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours until ready to serve.
Feel free to add more fruit.  I often add more oranges or bananas, and sometimes I add strawberries and mini marshmallows too.  Enjoy!
*We’ve made this recipe dozens of times with successful results, yet we’ve gotten several comments that the salad is too soupy. So, our advice is to reduce the milk to 3/4 cups initially, and if the consistency is to your liking, feel free to add more.
ORANGE CREAM FRUIT SALAD
 
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Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 oz. pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
  • ¾ cup-1½ cups milk*
  • ⅓ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 20 oz. can pineapple chunks or tidbits, drained well
  • 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained well
  • 2 bananas, sliced
Instructions
  1. Combine pudding mix, milk and orange juice concentrate in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes and then fold in the Cool Whip. Gently mix in the fruit and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours until ready to serve.
  3. Feel free to add more fruit. I often add more oranges or bananas, and sometimes I add strawberries and mini marshmallows too. Enjoy!
  4. *We’ve made this recipe dozens of times with successful results, yet we’ve gotten several comments that the salad is too soupy. So, our advice is to reduce the milk to ¾ cups initially, and if the consistency is to your liking, feel free to add more.

 

Butter With a Side of Bread: Orange Cream Fruit Salad
Butter With a Side of Bread: Orange Cream Fruit Salad
 

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39 COMMENTS

  1. can u put something else in besides pineapple and bananas. or just keep them out?? maybe just put in strawberries and marshmallows. maybe just keep it oranges and sick mallows and some chocolate in it? YUM!!<br />

  2. I have made this dozens of times and never had it be soupy at all, so I&#39;m trying to figure out what the problem is! To make pudding, you usually mix the pudding mix with 2 cups of milk, so by reducing the milk to 1 1/2 cups as the recipe states, the pudding should be thicker than normal and the only thing you are adding to that is orange juice concentrate which doesn&#39;t thin it out too

  3. I made this today and followed the directions as stated and it turned out soupy as well. Not sure what the problem is. I read these other comments and seems that half the people had this same problem. hopefully it sets up, i stuck it in the freezer for a little bit.

  4. I made it today and it is SOUPY! I&#39;m very displeased with this recipe. If anyone ventures to make it, beware! It&#39;s seriously flawed. I don&#39;t think reducing the milk would even help it. Best yet, find another recipe!

  5. I remade the recipe just to make sure that I didn&#39;t put the wrong amounts of anything and my salad came out just like it has dozens of times! The only way that the salad can become &quot;soupy&quot; is if the canned fruits are not well drained. Make sure to strain them extremely well and if you are worried about things becoming soupy, you could even lay the fruit out on a paper towel for a

  6. Mine was very soupy, too, but delicious flavor! It was like an Orange Julius with fruit in it! 🙂 I plan on trying to let the pudding set up with just the milk before adding orange juice concentrate, and then folding in the cool whip after mixing those together. We&#39;ll see… I&#39;m not giving up hope, though!

  7. Love this recipe! The orange Julius taste is wonderful ;). My hubby however is not a fan. Any suggestions please as to what to substitute the orange juice for. I would love to make it with pineapple but due to substitute it would be ok if I had to omit. Other fruit I throw in is banana and strawberry, raspberry. Was thinking of throwing in blueberries sometime. Any help would be

  8. I made this last night. After reading the reviews, I added the cool whip to the pudding/milk when it was still partially frozen to help thicken it up (not sure if that made a difference, but the consistency was good!) What I found though was that the pudding to fruit ratio wasn&#39;t what I would expect–too much pudding. In total I used 3 bananas, 1 20 oz. can of pineapple, 2 11 oz cans of

    • So I decided to find this,recipe after having it at our ward church party. This was my favorite I found and decided to try. I always read the comments first and read how so many people said it was soupy. I only had an 8 Oz bag of vanilla pudding so I added half the bag (roughly 4oz instead of the asked 3oz) to try to counter act the soupyness. It came out perfect and was sooooo good!! I’m definitely going to be making this again. Oh and I did 3 bananas instead of 2 and added an apple. Next time I’ll use 2 cans of mandarin oranges because they’re our favorites and I don’t think there was enough 🙂

  9. I have yet to make this going to substitute orange jello mix for the CV concentrate I think that what’s making it soupy as and adding mini marshmallows as well

  10. Hope you are using instant pudding mix not the cooking mix and using frozen concentrate , not mixed with water. Maybe that has something to do with the soupy texture

  11. I just made this and it turned out perfect. Don’t understand how it could turn out soupy unless they’re not draining the fruit well. I only used 3/4 cup of milk with the instant pudding and frozen orange juice. Used a whisk instead of mixer and put in the refrigerator for several minutes until set up before adding fruit and cool whip. Also added mini marshmallows and 2 bananas. Turned out perfect! Great taste and easy to fix!

  12. I make one similar to this recipe, only I use two small boxes of pudding to ensure it doesn’t get soupy:)
    I also add pecan halves and a little coconut. Once I added some tropical fruit(drained) – it was pretty
    good too!

  13. To everyone having problem with their salad coming out soupy! Be sure and FOLD your cool whip into first ingredients. If you stir it like a soup it does make the cool whip flat and become seoupy. Hope that helps.

  14. Wow! Just made this for my moms group, have one question though…we’re expected to share?!? I couldn’t stop “checking to make sure it was eatible”!! Soooo good!!

    I followed your directions, however, I used a 5.1oz box of pudding so I added a splash of milk and a small spoon of extra orange juice to offset it, plus 2 cans of pineapple (one tidbit and one chunk), 2 cans of oranges and 5 bananas total. It still had lots of “creamy fluff part” so I’m happy that I didn’t add more of that to the mix.

    Came out perfect so I’m not sure what happened to other people’s being “soupy”, maybe they over stirred it as well? I noticed that if I would’ve kept stirring then it would’ve gotten thinner.

  15. […] I have been making a version of this salad for years but have recently decided to tweak it a little bit and I’m loving the results! The orange flavor in the dressing is absolutely incredible and you can add any type of fruit you’d like. It only takes a few minutes to make this fruit salad and it can be served immediately, or kept in the fridge for a day or two before serving. You can find the original version of the recipe here. […]

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