Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe

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Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe simply delicious, this salad is equally as good with fresh fruit or convenient canned fruit.

The secret is using dry instant pudding. It combines with the fruit juice to create a slightly sweet, rich sauce that coats every bite of the fruit.

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad dry instant pudding. It combines with the fruit juice to create a slightly sweet, rich sauce that coats every bite of the fruit.

This is my favorite, go-to fruit salad recipe. I serve it as a side and it’s a great addition to your brunch buffet.

I also like to serve my Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe over pound cake. Choose any number of pound cakes from my Pound Cake Series to smother with fruit salad. I would suggest the Whipping Cream Pound Cake, Million Dollar Pound Cake, Mile High Pound Cake, Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake, or Blue Ribbon Pound Cake.

This is the kind of recipe you want to share but I also hate to share! It’s so good and so simple. I almost hate to share it with anyone because I know they’ll start taking it to potlucks and there goes my ‘go-to’ dish!

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe

  1. Use fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.
  2. One exception to the above, I prefer to always use canned pineapple chunks in juice. It can be packed in light syrup or heavy, your preference.
  3. You may choose a regular or sugar-free instant pudding mix. I prefer vanilla flavor the best, but in actuality, any flavor will work.
  4. After adding the instant pudding to the pineapple juice, allow it to thicken before adding to the fruit. It will not be as thick as the pudding recipe from the box but should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. You can add 1 to 2 more teaspoons of instant pudding mix if necessary.
  5. Quantities are guidelines, can’t find or don’t like raspberries? Omit them and use more of your favorite. This recipe is highly adaptable to what you like best.

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad


Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe

Instant Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad Recipe use either fresh, canned, or frozen fruit in this simple fruit salad.
Author: Paula
5 from 33 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding
  • 20 ounce can pineapple chunks drain and reserve juice
  • 2 to 3 large peaches sliced or cut into chunks (1 small can or 1 cup)
  • 2 cups strawberries stemmed and sliced
  • 2 lareg bananas sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries washed and drained
  • 1 cup raspberries washed and drained
  • 1 cup blackberries washed and drained


  • Whisk 3 tablespoon instant pudding into pineapple juice. Allow to dissolve and thicken.
  • Combine fruit in a large bowl.
  • Pour pudding mixture over fruit and gently stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.


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Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! Use fresh pear, apple, 2 mandarins, half of a canteloupe and raspberries. Used the canned pineapple as per recipe. Definitely a keeper.

  2. Of the many different sites I’ve seen for this recipe, not one offers an exact measurement for the amount of juice that’s drained from a can. Can you be specific? Thank you.

    1. I’ve made it with different brands and it’s always turned out great. The liquid amount is pretty close to the same but I’ve never measured it. You can always supplement with orange juice if you feel you need more. It shouldn’t be runny though. The sauce should be the consistency of honey and cling to the fruit.

  3. I love bananas! But I don’t like when they turn brown and mush in fruit salad so instead of vanilla pudding I used banana cream flavor and added red apple chunks and mandarin oranges with a lil bit of coconut! SO DELISH! 👌🏼

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! Great for a Holiday Brunch. When I make it a day ahead, I wait to add the Bananas just before serving. It is also good with the addition of fresh Honeydew Melon or Cantaloupe!

  5. Can you use this recipe with frozen fruit such as the frozen bags from Gordons? Would I thaw the fruit first?

  6. We can’t have pineapple and was wondering if I could substitute canned mandarin oranges and mix the pudding with the mandarin orange juice.

    1. When I add bananas I don’t like it if it sits over 8 to 10 hours. without bananas 24 to 36 hours in the fridge.

      1. I make it the day of and the bananas hold up, but I do not recommend making it a day ahead. They don’t really turn brown but they get mushy. You could make it before and add the bananas last minute.

      2. All I have is fresh fruit, no canned, would apple juice or maybe applesauce work to mix with the pudding?

      3. I think you can use either apple juice or applesauce. Applesauce if you want it thicker. I think either will be good.

  7. This sounds delicious! I’m sure my kids would just love it 😊

  8. If you want to use fresh pineapple, what amount of pineapple juice should I use with the instant pudding?

  9. Looks delicious and refreshing. I make one similar to this and it was always a hit at parties. Mine is a dip with the fruit and vanilla pudding. I had forgotten about it so I will pull out the recipe and fix it this summer. Thanks

      1. I have a fruit dip recipe that my family loves. A jar of marshmallow fluff, apackage of cream cheese, a teaspoon of vanilla and the zest of a large orange. Mix well with beater. Dip fruit.

  10. How have I never thought to try this!? Absolutely perfect for a light dinner dessert or a backyard BBQ side. Totally in love!

  11. Paula, do you mean 1 cup of raspberries twice? I’m making this for a potluck on Sunday and omitting the raspberries anyway. Thanks for cool the idea.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

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