Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

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Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is a simple and sweet twist on a traditional fruit salad recipe.  This easy dessert has a beautiful rainbow of fruit in an easy vanilla sauce making it the perfect dessert or ice cream topping!Fruit salad in a clear glass bowl

I love summer; green grass, fresh flowers, sunny afternoons and a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables!  I try to incorporate fresh summer produce into every meal from Mango Berry Overnight Oats for breakfast to beautiful salads for lunch and grilled veggies for dinner…  and of course fresh fruits and berries for dessert.  The perfectly sweet way to end a beautiful summer meal!

I usually end up making pies or fruit crisps but sometimes it’s  nice to have something that’s really easy, no baking required and totally no fuss while still enjoying the summer bounty.

Overhead shot of various fruit in a glass bowl before being mixed together

This dessert contains all of the colors of the rainbow in one delicious bowl.  I use canned peaches, mandarins and pineapple to make this dessert quick and easy.  If you happen to have fresh on hand you can certainly use those as well!  I would suggest peeling your peaches (it takes just seconds using this tomato peeling method here) and tossing them with a little bit of lemon/lime juice right away so they don’t brown.

You will combine a little bit of pudding mix with the juice from one of the cans of peaches and drain all of the remaining fruit. This creates a sweet vanilla sauce for the fruit turning it into a simple summer dessert that is full of color and flavor. (We love Vanilla with Fruit Salad)!

This Fruit Salad with Vanilla Pudding is perfect served as is or topped with Cool Whip. If you’re looking for something extra special, we love to spoon it over ice cream, Greek yogurt or angel food cake! You can create extra sauce if desired by reserving some of the fruit juices from the cans and stirring in pudding mix.  It can get quite sweet so I’d suggest making any extra sauce on the side instead of adding it right into the fruit salad.

I add in fresh lime zest for a burst of citrus flavor, if you don’t have lime you can substitute lemon zest or even add both if you’d like! If you’re looking for a dessert to feed a crowd, this vanilla pudding fruit salad fits the bill perfectly.

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Fruit salad in a clear glass bowl
4.97 from 28 votes
Review Recipe

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad is a simple and sweet twist on a traditional fruit salad recipe. This easy dessert has a beautiful rainbow of fruit in an easy vanilla sauce making it the perfect dessert or ice cream topping!


  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 2 cans sliced peaches 15 ounces each
  • 1 can mandarin orange segments 11 ounces
  • 1 can pineapple chunks 15 ounces
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1 green apple cored & diced
  • 1 ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 ½ cups purple grapes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix

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  • Zest the lime.
  • Drain one of the cans of peaches into a large bowl. Stir 2 tablespoons pudding mix into the juice.
  • Drain remaining can of peaches, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks. (Juice is not needed for this recipe).
  • Add all fruit and lime zest to the pudding mixture. Gently stir to combine.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 81, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 239mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 24.2mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 0.4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword vanilla pudding fruit salad
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. For diabetics or if you are simply watching your weight, you can use the sugar free pudding. No one will ever know the difference. Enjoy.5 stars

    1. We use only the zest in this recipe Kim. The lime should definitely be used for another recipe!

  2. I would like to try this recipe but I’m allergic to peaches what can what can I substitute and place of the peaches

    1. Hi Danielle, canned mangoes would be a delicious substitution, but you can use whatever fruit you prefer. You will just need to make sure you get one canned with juice to mix the vanilla pudding into!

  3. How long will this last in the fridge? My kids take lunch to school & this would be a nice change.

    1. This never lasts more than a couple days in my house, but I would think it could last 3-5 days depending on how fresh your fruit is.

    2. A popular dish for my family and friends, so I always make extra and it is good for about a week. Just slice the fresh bananas seperate and add right before serving5 stars

  4. I do this with the vanilla pudding! Such a great way to add flavor and keep things easy. Beautiful fruit salad!