A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt.

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About Creamy Fruit Salad

With this recipe I’m (trying to) accomplishing two things: will the warmer weather to last a little longer with a summer-loving fruit salad and crossing off yet another recipe on my ever-growing culinary bucket list.

Granted, the weather here in Phoenix is still blazing hot, but it’s been a little more reasonable the past few weeks thanks to all the extra rain that’s been steadily rolling through. But while the rest of the country will have crisp winds and pumpkin spice everything, the residents of Phoenix will continue to roast under the sun well into October.

So if you’re in the camp that wishes they could lock up their scarves and sweaters and throw away the key, then this summer-loving recipe is just for you. I’ll send some of my Phoenix sunshine karma your way.

Creamy Fruit Salad! A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt. | HomemadeHooplah.com

And as for this dreamy fruit salad recipe, I’ve seen variations of it floating around on Pinterest for years, and like every other person on Pinterest I’ve probably pinned every one of those variations a hundred times over. I just never had an occasion to make a fruit salad like this before, and even when I wanted to, I was also missing a key ingredient:

Canned pear halves.

I don’t know about you, but that’s just not something I keep stocked in our kitchen. So to make this fruit salad, I’d need a special reason to buy it – and typical me, whenever I try to plan my shopping for the week it’s like I come down with situational amnesia, where all the delicious recipes I’ve been drooling over float out of my head and I end up leaving the store with 10 boxes of Tuna Helper.

But last week the planets must have aligned, because not only was I thinking of this recipe while at the grocery store, while in the aisle with the canned foods, but the pear halves were also on sale. A very good sale. And wouldn’t you know it, but I’m a sucker for a sale. So I called it a win and picked up four cans of pear halves.

Mental note for later: find more recipes that use canned pears.

Creamy Fruit Salad! A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Most fruit salads are pretty simple, but what I loved about this one is that there’s hardly any prep time. For instance, I didn’t need an hour of my day cutting up a couple gallons of fruit. Well, okay, I did have to chop up the pear halves, but it took me all of 60 seconds from start to finish. Everything else you can pour straight from the can.

And when you add in the marshmallows and cover it all on creamy greek yogurt?

Yeah, you’ve sold me.

Because if you couldn’t already tell, I’m a sucker for easy fruit salads with yogurt. In fact, if you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you already know I prefer tasty dishes with minimal ingredients, like this recipe for garlic parmesan broccoli or this one for classic puppy chow.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I love to cook – but the lazy girl in me (which, okay, is the greater majority of me) just loves it when I can whip together something as tasty as this fruit salad in less than five minutes.

Makes me feel like a magician.

Creamy Fruit Salad! A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Now if only I could wave my arms around and let the warmer weather last a little bit longer.

notes & tips for this creamy fruit salad recipe

This recipe was originally published on March 6th, 2015. It received a TLC update with new photos on August 19th, 2016.Creamy Fruit Salad! A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Creamy Fruit Salad! A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt. | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.75 from 4 votes

Creamy Fruit Salad

5 mins prep
181 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
A summer-loving fruit salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pears mixed with mini marshmallows and vanilla greek yogurt.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Empty mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, and cut pear halves into a strainer over the sink. Let the fruit sit in the strainer for 15-20 minutes, tossing the contents periodically. Fruit is ready once it's been thoroughly drained of all excess juice.
  • In a large bowl, mix together marshmallows and greek yogurt.
  • Pour in the fruit with the yogurt mix and gently toss with a spatula until thoroughly mixed.
  • Cover bowl (or move to a sealable container) and chill creamy fruit salad in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Keep chilled until serving.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 25.8mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.5mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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18 comments

    • Rikardo

    How long does this last you if it’s in the fridge?

    • Shannon Peterson

    Oh how fun! Indulgent, but also healthy! This sounds yummy!

    • Ruthie

    Madarins in a fruit salad are everything!! this looks SO good, thank you for sharing!! xo

    • AnnMarie Brown

    that fruit salad looks so good. I love the pears in it.

    • Mariah

    My grandmother used to make something like this! Love it!

    • Meghan

    Oh my have mercy this looks super delicious! I love mandarins in a fruit salad too!!!

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    • sca

    Yum! This looks so good, I have to make this soon!

    • Candy

    We love this type of fruit salad and it always appears at gamy functions, church functions.

    • Julie @ Full Fat Diet

    oh, dear, this fruit salad brings me back to my childhood and I can taste those sweet mini marshmallows in this delicious salad… if only you could find mini marshmallows in France!

    • Caroline

    This looks yummy and healthy! Will try to make it for my kids, I’m sure they’ll love it!

      • Chrisy

      I hope so! It certainly didn’t last long in my house 😀

    • Sagan

    Wow! This sure looks decadent 😀 The marshmallows don’t make it TOO sweet?

    It sounds and looks pretty fantastic.

      • Chrisy

      I might be a little biased because I love sweets, but the marshmallows are pretty mellow in this. Once it “sets” in the fridge, the marshmallows expand a little with the greek yogurt to make everything creamy. If anything I think the marshmallows just enhance the flavor of the yogurt.

    • Colleen

    Hi there! I love this fruit salad! We call it ambrosia and put oranges, coconut flakes, and pineapple in it. Oh yeah – and maraschino cherries. So summery! Thanks for reminding me of it. I am going to make it.

    My favorite summer food is corn on the cob! It never tastes quite as good any other time of year. Also fresh tomatoes. Can’t wait for summer!

      • Chrisy

      You’re right, cherries would be great in this! I’ll have to try that 🙂
      And I’m totally with you on the fresh, local grown veggies – they’re top of my list for summer perks, too.

    • Shannon Peterson

    I love canned pears – like, buy them at costco because they’re so delicious kind of love! This looks like a great option for kiddos too!

      • Chrisy

      Oh no, you can buy pears in bulk at Costco? That’s my weakness! I’ll really need more pear recipes then 🙂