I have made this fruit salad for more than 15 years, and it has been a huge
hit wherever I take it. Now, if I take something else to a family
gathering, everyone is disappointed that I didn't bring the fruit salad.
I don't remember the exact proportions, but just make it to suit your
One can of pineapple chunks, packed in it's own juice
two or three bananas (I use very firm bananas)
one can of mandarin orange slices
one small jar of maraschino cherries
one small box of INSTANT vanilla pudding (I use French Vanilla)
Drain the pineapple, reserving one cup of the juice.
Slice the bananas. Mix drained pineapple, drained oranges and bananas in a
large bowl. Using a blender, mix the one cup of pineapple juice into the
dry pudding. Mix for one minute. Fold the pudding into the fruit and then
add a few (or as many as you like) cherries to the mix.