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



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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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  • leticia

    One question, could you replace the dry pudding mix with turmeric for more of a health benefit?

    • Cheree Mathers

      I think you mean tapioca instead of turmeric? Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in yellow curry powder; whereas tapioca is a type of starch used for thickening much like cornstarch.

  • Heather Guthrie-Hoey

    Delicious!! BIG TX hit at our daughter’s high school track party! We did pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and black berries. Perfectly Sweet Healthy Blend! :-) THANK YOU RACHEL!! Sunny Blessings~

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  • hi! this looks amazing! has anyone tried it with another flavor pudding like cheesecake or white chocolate?

  • Anonymous

    Secret Fruit Salad

  • Mary

    Can you use the cook type pudding? My grandson is allergic to some of the ingredients in instant pudding.

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  • I make fruit salad all the time but would have never thought to have added instant pudding mix! Trying this soon….thanks!! (Maybe that’s why I garden more so than cook =)

  • kim

    I tried this and my fruit came out pastey. It still tasted yummy but had a pastey film over it that did not look appealing. Any ideas?

    • Jen

      I had the same issue as Kim with fruit looking pasty. So I let fruit sit to release some juice and then took orange juice and poured just a small amount over top of the fruit. I then gently stirred fruit. Came out awesome and everyone loved it.

      • Kate

        My mom always made this but she mixed the pudding with pineapple juice.

  • Anonymous

    hi fruit salad

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  • Brenda Davis

    If you use bananas will the pudding powder keep them from turning brown or do I need to use something else?

  • What a simple, yet superb idea, Rachel! Love it! I am going to try butterscotch pudding mix next – my favorite. I am sure it will taste just as good. Thanks for this tip.

  • Anonymous

    Love this #winkyface

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  • I never would have thought to add pudding mix. This is genius!

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  • Donna

    Tried the instant vanilla pudding with a different mix of fruit, oranges, apples, strawberries and banana’s – it was great! Wonderful at a breakfast Christmas party and the leftovers disappeared later at a family Christmas gathering. No one could figure out the dressing and were amazed when I told them.

  • Anonymous

    Looks really good!

  • Lisa

    Does it matter whether you use regular or sugar free pudding?? Thanks!

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  • Karen

    Hi. What’s pudding powder?

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  • Anonymous

    Looks good

  • Branon

    Do you know how many calories are in each serving and how many servings it makes?

    • Amber Leigh

      It should be about 183 calories per serving.

  • This looks amazing girl!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Dana! Great to hear from you.

  • Sondra

    I never would’ve thought to use the instant pudding mix to flavor fruit salad!! So glad I stumbled across this little secret. :) My whole family loves it!!

  • Pmiller

    I’ve been making something similar for ages but ai use Jello instead of pudding. Definitely trying it with pudding.

  • Anonymous

    Try this

  • Paula

    I have never tried this but sounds yummy! Can you add watermelon to this recipe?

    • Deana

      I made it tonight with my kiddos and we used watermelon, strawberries, grapes and and raspberries with some pineapple juice since I didn’t have any pineapples. It was the fruit I found on sale and the kids loved helping at the pudding and stiring.

  • Anonymous

    Made this today for a potluck…it got rave reviews!

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely delicious!!!

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  • Kim

    I used cheesecake pudding it was a huge hit!!

  • Holly

    Hi Rachel, I was wondering if you could tell me the nutrition facts on your secret fruit salad recipe. It would help me A LOT! Thank you!

    • Tina

      Nutrition facts, seriously? It’s fruit and jello pudding mix. Just look on the box silly! :-)

  • Tried it tonight and my guests thought it eas yummy!

  • Becky

    How long will this stay good refrigerated? If I am cutting the fruit, but not serving immediately, would I be better to wait until right before serving to add the pudding mix?

  • Tried this tonight and oh,the compliments! Big flavor difference…… it and thanks.

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  • linda

    Hi Rachel, do you just sprinkle the pudding mix over the fruit?
    Or, am I missing something?

    Here’s another recipe for you. Use all the fruit you can get your hands on and here’s the dressing: 8oz softened cream cheese and l large tablespoon of sour cream. Mix together and stir into fruit. Enjoy!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yep, that’s correct. Thanks for the recipe too!

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  • Amanda

    You need a printer friendly button to print recipes. :(

    • Rachel Schultz

      It’s on every recipe’s page. It’s a yellow button.

      • Michelle R.

        I don’t see a yellow print button anywhere.

        • Rachel Schultz

          Whoops! You’re right. Should be there now.

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