Whipped Cream Fruit Salad

Whipped Cream Fruit Salad

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This whipped cream fruit salad, along with the homemade whipped cream, is a throwback to my childhood and one of my favorites. It’s a staple at every Thanksgiving, and it is so easy to make with only four ingredients. I remember being a child and wrecking my appetite with this dish 🙂 And because we were at grandma’s house, she would let us eat as much as we wanted :). We have always made our whipped cream fruit salad with canned fruit, but you can of course choose to make it with fresh fruit. If using canned fruit, the most important thing is to let the fruit drain overnight in the fridge (see step 1 below). For the whipped cream, you can either make homemade whipped cream from heavy cream or from coconut cream if you are vegan.

What is usually in a fruit salad?

Because I use canned fruit for my fruit salad, it consists of pears, green grapes, peaches, maraschino cherries, and pineapple. I then add in a banana and red grapes. But really though, a fruit salad can contain whatever combination of fruit you want.

How do you make fruit salad with whipped cream?

Simple! You take canned fruit, a sliced banana, a cup of halved red grapes, homemade whipped cream, and you mix everything together.

What is a good dressing for fruit salad?

Personally, I think the best dressing for a fruit salad is homemade whipped cream!

How to Make Whipped Cream Fruit Salad: Step-By-Step

Step 1. Drain off both cans of fruit in a stainless steel sieve. If desired, rinse fruit under running water. Then place sieve over a deep glass bowl, cover with saran wrap, and set in the refrigerator overnight to allow the remainder of the liquid to drain off. Excess water will make the fruit salad soupy, and we don’t want that!

Drained fruit cocktail sits in a stainless steel sieve placed over a medium sized glass bowl.

Step 2. The next morning, thinly slice a banana, and halve enough red grapes lengthwise to fill about a cup (about 20 grapes). Mix the banana and the red grapes in with the rest of the fruit. Gently fold in the whipped cream. Serve immediately, and garnish each serving with ground cinnamon, if desired.

Whipped cream fruit salad sits in a large glass bowl with a large mixing spoon.

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Whipped cream fruit salad topped with ground cinnamon sits in two teal-colored fruit bowls. In the lower-left is a handful of red grapes. In the background are two stainless steel spoons, a pear, a banana, and a bunch of green grapes. Two cinnamon sticks sit between the fruit bowls.
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Whipped Cream Fruit Salad

This whipped cream fruit salad only has four ingredients and comes together in less than 5 minutes. This is a really easy side to make for Thanksgiving, or really anytime you are craving fruit and whipped cream!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, fruit salad recipe, fruit salad with cool whip, summer, whipped cream salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Overnight Resting Time in Refrigerator 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz. can fruit cocktail, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can fruit cocktail, rinsed and drained
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved lengthwise (~20 grapes)
  • homemade whipped cream or coconut whipped cream (if vegan)

Instructions

  1. Drain off both cans of fruit in a stainless steel sieve. If desired, rinse fruit under running water. Then place sieve over a deep glass bowl and set in the refrigerator overnight to allow the remainder of the liquid to drain off.

  2. The next morning, thinly slice a banana, and halve enough red grapes lengthwise to fill about a cup (about 20 grapes). Mix the banana and the red grapes in with the rest of the fruit. Gently fold in the homemade whipped cream or coconut whipped cream (if vegan). Serve immediately, and garnish each serving with ground cinnamon, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The fruit salad is good as long as the bananas aren’t mushy, and it’s not watery. I generally get two days out of it.

Nutrition Facts
Whipped Cream Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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