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.

Below I’ve listed one combination of fruits for the salad, but of course this can work with any varieties.

And related! Here’s a way to actually get your produce really clean. (It’s easy and you have everything you need for it already.)

Secret Fruit Salad

Secret Fruit Salad
Serves six

1 pound of strawberries, quartered
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
2 peaches, sliced
2 cups grapes
2 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix powder

Toss fruit with pudding mix powder.

Secret Fruit Salad

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  • 1 pound of strawberries, quartered
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 2 cups grapes
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix powder
  1. Toss fruit with pudding mix powder.


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This is a very clever idea. My husband likes to add a Sprite to fruit salads o help sweeten and draw out the juices but the pudding powder sounds better because it will thicken just a bit and so not be runny. I am pinning to try soon!

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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;)

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 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!

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.

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.

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~

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 =)

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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!!

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

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.

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!

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?

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!

Growing up my mom always served frozen fruit cocktail. Freeze can, thaw slightly in warm water, open end of can slide out and slice. She would serve a slice on a bed of lettuce.

can you use greek yogurt in stead of pudding mix ? if i add bananas what do i add so they don’t turn brown ? thanks

I have made this salad a few times and it is always a hit! This time I doubled the recipe for my sister’s bridal shower and had a few cups leftover. I have been using a cup of the fruit, 1 banana and 1/3 cup almond milk and blending it together in my blender. It is a quick and delicious fruit smoothie! Thanks for the great recipe :)

My aunt used to take canned (undrained) fruit cocktail and add a couple of tablespoons of Jello lemon instant pudding to it and it was refreshing and light. I have used both sugar free and regular and they both work.

It’s the sugar in the pudding that releases the fruit’s natural juices. Regular pudding works much better than the sugar free type.

Place leftovers in blender and process until smooth adding a few tbsp yogurt. Whaa-laa and instant smoothie! YUMM

I’m in the UK so our idea of ‘pudding’ is probably not the same! What sort of mix is this? I.e. cooked for its intended purpose, what does it come out like? :)

Here in the USA, a “pudding” is a creamy, dairy desert, traditionally made by slightly scalding milk in a pan with sugar and a couple of other ingredients. IT really means nothing else. But the British seem to call a lot of other things pudding. For example, “Yorkshire Pudding”, which includes chicken, pork or beef cooked in a crispy outer-batter.

The UK version would be similar to a custard but not as thick. However I do believe you can buy custard powder there, might work if you can find an instant type, meaning not cooked over heat.

Custard powder isn’t as sweet as our instant pudding. Wouldn’t be the same. :o( I’ve never seen anything in UK shops that is equivalent. Sorry!

Custard powder (like Birds) isn’t as sweet as our instant pudding. Wouldn’t be the same. :o( I’ve never seen anything in UK shops that is equivalent. Sorry!

Can you use frozen fruit and serve it ASAP and can you use the frozen fruit and keep it in the fridge without turning brown?

ok so i just made this and i accidently used the whole box of pudding mix. i added fresh orange juice and a little pineapple juice to try and loosen it up. any ideas???

Made it today! I used cantaloupe and since I didn’t have pineapple I used a little bit of orange juice and it made a delicious dressing:))

I found that if you sift with a sifter the pudding mix it doesn’t clump. I used sugar free cheesecake flavor mix and it was delicious!

I notice it says “sprinkle with pudding powder”. So you don’t mix or stir it into the fruit? Thanks for the recipe–can’t wait to try it!

I am very excited to try this recipe but I am horrible at doubling recipes. If servings are 12-20 persons, what is the recommended amount of pudding mix and powder?
Thank you for sharing : )

Would this work on jarred fruit salad? I am doing a meal for several hundred this weekend. We are putting out fruit salad that comes in gallon jugs. I am thinking this would make it more elegant.

In response to the canned or jarred fruit salad, I say yes! It is also known as Ambrosia Salad. Mix with some of the juice!

You know, I just had a strawberry pie on Easter that used pudding mix. It was a graham cracker crust, and then the sliced up strawberries were glazed with a mixture of pudding and jello boiled in water. I never would have thought of it, but it tasted great!