This creamy fruit salad is made with a rainbow of fresh fruit, tossed in a simple Greek yogurt dressing and sprinkled with coconut flakes. This is the perfect recipe for brunch or dessert!

creamy fruit salad

I love fruit salad, and so does the rest of my family! It’s common to find a big fruit salad on our table around the holidays, at birthday parties, barbecues, or breakfast! I thought it would be fun to take it up a notch by making a creamy fruit salad recipe. Luckily, it’s just as easy as traditional fruit salad! But it’s a fun spin on the classic. If you like this recipe, be sure to try my berry fruit salad with homemade strawberry syrup!

creamy fruit salad ingredients

Ingredients and Substitutions

The great thing about this creamy fruit salad is that you can substitute the fruit based on what you have in your fridge! Here are a few of my favorite fruits for creamy fruit salad:

  • Mandarin oranges or fresh oranges
  • Canned or fresh pineapple chunks
  • Red or green apples
  • Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • Red or green grapes
  • Bananas (best if serving immediately)
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe or honeydew

Similarly, I used vanilla Greek yogurt for the dressing, but there are other options you can use:

  • Fruit-flavored Greek yogurt
  • Plain yogurt mixed with honey
  • Thawed whipped topping like Cool Whip
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Plant-based vanilla yogurt

How to Make Creamy Fruit Salad

Tips for the Best Creamy Fruit Salad

  • Make sure you cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces. You want all of the fruit to be roughly the same size. I sliced the strawberries into thin slices, halved the grapes, and diced the apples.
  • The amounts can be approximate, so if you have extra of one ingredient and less of something else, feel free to adjust!
  • Drain any canned fruit as adding too much juice can make the fruit salad watery.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the cream in fruit salad? In this case, it’s Greek yogurt. In other recipes, the dressing can be made with whipped cream and sour cream, such as an Ambrosia salad.
  • What fruits should not be mixed in fruit salad? Some fruits have a high water content and can release a lot of liquid, making the salad watery. For example, adding watermelon could make the salad too watery. Some fruits like bananas don’t hold up for very long, so I recommend only using bananas if you’re serving the fruit salad immediately.
  • How should I store leftover fruit salad? Leftover fruit salad should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It can generally be stored for up to 3-4 days, but it’s best to consume it within 1-2 days for the best taste and quality.
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creamy fruit salad

Creamy Fruit Salad

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This creamy fruit salad is made with a rainbow of fresh fruit, tossed in a simple Greek yogurt dressing and sprinkled with coconut flakes. This is the perfect recipe for brunch or dessert!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 10oz can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup red grapes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened is fine)

Instructions

  1. Add all the fruit to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Top with yogurt.
  3. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.

  4. Stir until combined. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to one day.

Keywords: creamy fruit salad