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Frozen Fruit Salad

This old fashioned frozen fruit salad made with sour cream, bananas, pineapple and maraschino cherries is ideal for serving with special family meals. My mom served it to us and now I make it for my kids!

Frozen fruit salad has been around a long time. We loved it when we were kids and I still love it now. In fact everyone I serve it to, loves it also. What makes this frozen fruit salad so good? The pineapple, bananas and maraschino cherries resemble toppings on a banana split and who doesn’t love a banana split? Add enough sweetened sour cream to hold the fruit together and create this irresistible combination for your next family dinner.

Frozen fruit salad is a special, easy to make ahead accompaniment to all meals. It works for brunch or lunch or supper. Leftovers are great for serving your kids after school. They love pulling these out of the freezer! Remember these are easy to make as individual servings. Using cupcake/muffin liners it’s simple to spoon in the fruit salad and then freeze until needed. Just remember to take these cute frozen muffin cups out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you want to eat them.

Frozen Fruit Salad

I’ve served this pale pink frozen fruit salad for many occasions. This year I’m making it for Passover, but it would work well with an Easter dinner as well. Though it isn’t kosher for Passover because it contains dairy, feel free to substitute vegan sour cream such as Tofutti or vegan yogurt. With big heavy meals, this frozen fruit salad helps refresh the palate. Kids often think it’s dessert and that’s OK too!

Similar in use to my frozen cranberry salad I generally serve frozen fruit salad in the spring and my frozen cranberry salad in the colder months. This pink frozen fruit salad is perfect for spring. It’s also an excellent use for maraschino cherries and everyone loves maraschino cherries…whether they want to admit it or not. If you don’t like red dye, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and Whole Foods all have natural varieties.

Frozen Fruit Salad

So if you need something simple to make a special meal extra special, this fruit salad has got you covered. I’ve seen many frozen fruit salad recipes but I’ll stick with our family favorite. Easy to mix up, you can have this spooned and into the freezer in 20 minutes. Combine your fruit and nuts, if using, with sour cream, lemon juice and sugar and that’s it! Easy and delicious, I have no doubt you will love this as much as we do!

Need a few more ideas for fruit side dishes? This honey lime fruit salad from my friend Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake looks divine! Ambrosia Salad with marshmallows from Real Housemoms is a classic!

I also love this Rhubarb Parfait in the Spring.

Rhubarb Berry Red Wine Parfaits

And these strawberries with balsamic vinegar and black pepper are not to be missed!

Berries with Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar and Pepper! Choose your favorite berry and top it with a bit of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar ad black pepper. You won't believe how good this is! #berries #dessert #vinegar

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Frozen Fruit Salad

Frozen Fruit Salad

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes Plus Freezing Time
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Sice Dish
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American


This old fashioned frozen fruit salad made with sour cream, bananas, pineapple and maraschino cherries is ideal for serving with special family meals. My mom served it to us and now I make it for my kids!



1 c drained, crushed pineapple

2 medium sized bananas diced

2 1/2 T lemon juice

1/8 t salt

2 1/2 c sour cream

1/2 c chopped maraschino cherries

1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Mix everything together in a large bowl.

Spoon into 18 paper cups that have been place into muffin pans. Freeze.

Once these are frozen I take them out of the pans and put them into a giant zip lock bag and store them in the freezer. Remember to take them out about 20 minutes before serving, so they aren’t hard as rocks! Also don’t stack these or they may melt together!

Do I detect a dog in this photo?

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Tuesday 5th of April 2022

My family LOVES this! A favorite in spring and summer cookouts.

This is from the 1961 Betty Crocker cookbook I bought to learn to cook. So many great basic recipes in that edition.

I add some maraschino cherry juice to make these a pretty pale pink. Great for bridal and baby shower but I love it anytime. Thanks!


Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Thanks so much for sharing Bonnie! Now I will have to locate that cookbook! Sometimes the oldies are the best!


Friday 26th of April 2019

this certainly sounds - different! not something i've ever seen before. it reminds me of a dish we made to go with curry - it had a lot of these ingredients but it didn't have cherries or bananas.

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Your salad has brought back memories of one my mother made with gelatin instead of being frozen. She always made it for holidays. :)


Thursday 18th of April 2019

This is definitely one of those throwback recipes I adore! GREG


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

I've never had a frozen fruit salad either! This would be so refreshing in the summer also.