Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad
The first time I heard about a 24 hour fruit salad was when I attended a friend’s wedding back in 1975. It was so good I asked them to send the recipe. Well, when I got the recipe it didn’t look right. So finally after some tweaks, twists and turns, and borrowing from this recipe and that I came up with this beautiful fruit salad that works. When I say works I mean over 30 years. So enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This old-fashioned fruit salad can be made any time of year. Cool, creamy, and fluffy, you’d never guess it’s made with canned fruit. The combination of fruit gives it a tropical feel. Sweet and creamy, the homemade custard is the perfect base for this fruit salad. Marshmallows soak all the goodness from the custard sauce. Reminds us of salads that were popular in the 1960s and ’70s. A tasty fruit salad for any occasion but an especially great side for a summer BBQ.


  • 1 can(s)Dole pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice drain and reserve 4 tablespoons of syrup (20 oz)

  • 6slightly beaten egg yolks (remember to separate egg yolk from whites) beat yolks with a fork

  • 4 Tbspsugar

  • 4 Tbspapple cider vinegar

  • 2 Tbspbutter or margarine (I always use Blue Bonnet margarine)

  • 2 dash(es)salt

  • 1 can(s)Delmonte 100% juice fruit cocktail, drained (15 oz)

  • 1 can(s)Dole tropical mixed fruit in passion fruit, drained (15.25 oz)

  • 4 ctiny marshmallows

  • 2 cprepared Dream Whip topping (1 packet makes 2 cups see directions below)


  • 1 pkgDream Whip

  • 1/2 ccold milk

  • 1/2 tspvanilla extract

How to Make Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

  1. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    Drain pineapple chunks in a colander over a small bowl and reserve 4 tablespoons of pineapple syrup.

  2. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    To make custard for fruit salad: In a small heavy saucepan, combine reserved pineapple syrup, egg yolks, sugar, vinegar, butter or margarine, and salt.
    *Note: as a rule, I used apple cider vinegar*

  3. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    Cook and stir over low heat, whisking or stirring constantly, for about 6 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly and coats a metal spoon. It may take a little longer than 6 minutes, but when it coats the spoon it is ready. (Yes you will smell the vinegar, but don’t worry, the custard will taste delicious). Cool to room temperature.

  4. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    In a 3 quart bowl, combine pineapple chunks, fruit cocktail, mixed fruit, and marshmallows.

  5. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    Pour custard over; mix fruit mixture gently. (I generally make this up in a glass rectangular baking pan.)

  6. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    In a large bowl, to make the whipped cream do the following: Mix 1 envelope of Dream Whip, 1/2 cup cold milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on low speed until blended. Then beat on high speed for 4 minutes until topping thickens and form peaks.

  7. Family Favorite 24 Hour Fruit Salad

    Fold whipped cream into fruit mixture. Cover with some Saran Wrap and refrigerate 24 hours or overnight. Makes 10 to 12 servings.


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