April 2, 2013

Can you tell I’m the direct opposite of the “a magician never reveals his tricks” philosophy? This cook always reveals her tricks.

So, what’s this fruit salad’s secret? It’s wonderfully simple. Dry instant vanilla pudding mix! The powder mixes with the juices of the fruits to make a delightful fruit salad dressing.

Secret Fruit Salad from Rachel Schultz

Serves 3-4

2 tablespoons dry instant vanilla pudding mix
1 pound of strawberries, quartered
1/2 pint blueberries
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pineapple, cubed
1 bunch grapes

Sprinkle pudding powder over fruit and stir. Serve immediately or allow to sit overnight.

Secret Fruit Salad from Rachel Schultz



4.7 from 14 reviews
secret fruit salad
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 tablespoons dry instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 pound of strawberries, quartered
  • ½ pint blueberries
  • ½ pint raspberries
  • ½ pineapple, cubed
  • 1 bunch grapes
  1. Sprinkle pudding powder over fruit and stir.
  2. Serve immediately or allow to sit overnight.



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  • Should the salad be soggy

  • Anonymous

    Should the salad be soggy or dry cause mines sorta soggy.

  • courtney

    hi, im making for my parent-tot group of 27 people. i cant imagine using 5 boxes of each ingredient like strawberries for instance. i am in Canada so this fruit is not cheap.
    What can go as a side to this for a snack?

  • De Ann

    Can you substitute sugar free vanila pudding?

  • Anonymous

    Loving that secret ingredient!

  • teri

    can you put watermelon in this fruit salad?

  • Annabelle

    Please advise what the purpose of the pudding is. Does it change the flavor of the fruit? Does it thicken the fruit salad. I’m confused but it sounds interesting.

  • Clarissa

    What if I only have butterscotch instant pudding and I’m in a pinch? Do you think it would work to substitute?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I think so!

  • Vicki

    Can use sugar free pudding?

  • Sheri

    Can this recipe sit for 2 days before serving

  • Helen

    can you use regular pudding?

  • Amy Nordstrom

    Does this recipe help with preserving the fruit and keeping it fresh? We are thinking of doing this ahead of time for a wedding.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Sorry, Amy. It would not

  • Laura

    I would like to make this for a party forabout 40 people.
    Could you please let me know much fruit and
    pudding mixi would need. Thank you. Can’t Waite to try

    • Patty

      Simple-when the recipe says it serves 3 to 4 and you want to serve 40 people: 40 divided by 4 equals 10. Now, multiply each ingredient by 10 and you will have the amount necessary to make the recipe. If your guests tend to be hungrier then divide 40 by 3 which is about 13. Now multiply each ingredient by 13. It’s that easy.

  • Tia Scott

    This is so YUMMM! I could literally devour the entire bowl in one sitting! Very fresh, fragrant and delicious! Thank you for sharing your secret;)

  • Erica

    If I were to use canned pineapple chunks, how much would I use?

  • Thanks for this recipe! I had it at a recent family dinner and everyone loved it! I reviewed my experience with it at:
    Hope you can check it out! Thx!!

  • Judy

    Question….strawberries are not in season and don’t look very pretty. Can I use frozen ? Making for Christmas

    • Rachel Schultz


  • great recipe

  • Jen in Florida

    I have made this for our work potlucks (8 qts
    at a time) on several occasions with one small
    addition of about 1 to 2 shots of orange liquer and
    I cut the fruit into 1/2 inch pieces(this seems to
    help the fruit absorb the pudding and liquer flavors
    a little bit better). There is never any left overs!

  • I served this fruit at a picnic and everyone wanted to know the secret. I hope you don’t mind that I told them.
    It is so simple and tasty!


  • Leila

    I made this for a group lunch and everyone wanted to know how I made the wonderful glaze on the fruit salad! It made me giggle :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Looking for new ideals help with students lunch and to encourage them eat fruit vegetable would hear your feed back thanks

  • tracy

    I would like to expand this receipt for a large party of 50. What are your suggestions for increasing the ingredients for a party of 50.

  • We made this for 4th of July last night. CROWD Pleaser! Great job. Thank you.

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  • dorothy white

    Never thought about pudding on fruit , but sounds good , am making tonight. Thank you.

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