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Grandma’s 5 Cup Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe

Only 5 ingredients are needed to make our Grandma's 5 cup creamy fruit salad: pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut, marshmallows and . . . SOUR CREAM. While not a typical fruit salad, it's a timeless classic that we grew up with and all love. And it comes together in a matter of minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best salad, Easy Side Dish, fruit salad, side dish salad
Servings: 6


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Mixing Spoon


  • 11 ounces mandarin oranges 1 can, drain well
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple 1 can, drain well
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, coconut, and sour cream.
  • Stir until completely mixed together.
  • You can eat it immediately after mixing, but we recommend that you refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving so that the sour cream can be sweetened by the fruit.



Try these other variations: 
  • add in chopped walnuts or pecans for an added crunch
  • to make it sweeter, stir in a little powdered sugar - it will also offset the tartness from the sour cream
  • add in a small jar of maraschino cherries
  • add in a can of drained fruit cocktail
  • add in dried cranberries and a dash of cinnamon
  • stir in 2 Tablespoons of instant lemon pudding powder for a lemon-taste
  • use pina colada flavored yogurt in place of the sour cream
  • top with corn flakes for an added crunch
  • add diced apples (if you don't like coconut, apples are a great alternative because of the crunch)
  • add grapes (red or green) that have been halved
  • add diced bananas
  • add some marshmallow creme in with the sour cream to sweeten it up