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Layered Fruit Salad (Serves 16)

This fruit salad is designed to serve a crowd, so it could easily be toted to a pot luck supper or served as part of a buffet menu. It looks very pretty presented in a glass bowl, such as a trifle bowl.

2 medium apples, cored, unpeeled and diced
1 (15-ounce can apricot halves packed in light syrup, drained and sliced
1 (15-ounce) can sliced pears, packed in light syrup, drained
1 (15-ounce) can sliced peaches, packed in light syrup, drained
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits or chunks, packed in juice, drained
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (21-ounce ) can cherry pie filling
3 bananas, sliced
Orange juice for dipping banana slices
1 cup flaked coconut, toasted

1. Layer apples apricots, pears, peaches and pineapple in large bowl.

2. In clear measuring cup, combine 1/2 cup orange juice and lemon juice; pour over fruit.

3. Spread cherry pie filling over the top of the fruits.

4. Cover and chill 2-24 hours.

5. At serving time, dip banana slices in extra orange juice, to prevent browning and arrange on top of filling.

6. Sprinkle toasted coconut over the top.


Nutritional information per serving:
142 calories, 1 gram protein, 2 grams fat, 33 grams carbohydrate, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 9 milligrams sodium