Make Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad is an easy, quick and delicious fruit salad full of pineapple, cherries, and pecans and it would be perfect to serve for your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or dinner, or anytime for that matter.
Light and refreshing Make Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad takes less than ten minutes to add all of the ingredients to a bowl, mix and pop in the freezer for an unforgettable salad/dessert that your entire family will love! And, yes, even though this luscious dish is technically a salad, you could easily have it for dessert with all of its creamy sweetness. In fact, I did just that yesterday, I ate some for lunch, then had another serving after dinner for dessert, and just might have a bite for breakfast this morning. After all, with all that fruit, it has to be healthy, right? Well maybe not real healthy, but still sort of healthy? At least that’s how I rationalize it!
This is an old-fashioned salad/dessert, one that I’m sure you have had some variation of at some point in your life. It seems to have fallen out of favor along with jello salads and molds, but it’s a southern classic and deserves a place back in your stash of favorite make-ahead salads/desserts.
For an unforgettable Easter or Spring Brunch menu, how about Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham and Cranberry Aioli, Southern Cheese Grits Casserole, Make Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad and a yummy Lemon and Blackberry Bread Pudding for dessert. I’ll be adding the recipe for the Lemon Blackberry Bread Pudding in the next few days so be sure to watch for it.
The ingredients for Make Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad include canned dark sweet cherries (not pie filling), canned pineapple chunks, toasted pecans, frozen whipped topping (you can substitute homemade whipped cream), lemon yogurt, lemon zest, and mayonnaise.
When you are ready to make Make Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad, gather the ingredients and combine the cherries, pineapple, and pecans in a bowl.
Combine the thawed whipped topping, lemon yogurt, mayonnaise, and lemon zest in another bowl and mix until well combined.
Add the whipped topping mixture to the fruit mixture and gently fold everything together.
Spoon the mixture into an 8×8 dish; cover and freeze at least 8 hours, or until firm.
Take the dish out of the freezer 15-30 minutes to let it thaw just a little before you are ready to serve it. Cut into squares and serve on lettuce leaves if desired.