Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad

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Frozen Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad is a cool and creamy delight! This fruit salad is a medley of contrasting flavors and textures that work together to create a delightful taste experience.

My maraschino fruit salad has no bananas and no marshmallows.

Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad  with whipped cream and cherries on a plate.

Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad

When it comes to classic summer dishes, fruit salads are a timeless favorite. They bring a refreshing burst of sweetness and vibrant colors to any table, making them the perfect accompaniment to barbecues, picnics, or just a simple family dinner. Today, we’re going to explore a unique twist on the traditional fruit salad: the Frozen Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad.

This delightful concoction is a harmonious blend of sweet, tart, and creamy flavors, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering. Let’s dive into the description of how it tastes, the preparation, and some frequently asked questions about this delicious dish.

Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad  on a cutting board.

What you’ll need

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  • Sour cream, sugar, lemon juice. This combination creates the creamy and slightly tangy base for your salad.
  • Maraschino cherries andpecans. These ingredients add bursts of sweetness and a delightful crunch.
  • Pineapple. This will bring a tropical twist and a slightly tangy element to the salad.
  • Cool Whip. The Cool Whip adds a light, airy sweetness and creates a smooth, creamy texture.

The sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice combine to create a tangy, creamy base that perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the fruits. The maraschino cherries add a pop of intense sweetness and a hint of almond flavor, while the pecans bring a satisfying crunch to each bite. The star of the show, crushed pineapple, adds a tropical twist with its juicy, slightly tangy notes. The Cool Whip, with its airy and sweet whipped cream-like texture, ties everything together. It’s a symphony of flavors that dances across your taste buds – a perfect balance of sweet and tangy with a satisfying, nutty crunch.

whipped cream and cherry  cupcakes on a wooden cutting board.

Once your mixture is ready, transfer it to a mold or a dish and place it in the freezer for several hours, allowing it to set. This frozen dessert is perfect for hot summer days when you need a cool, refreshing treat.

fruit salad cupcakes with cherries and mint leaves on a table.

Frozen Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad FAQ

Can I make this fruit salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this salad in advance. In fact, it’s best when prepared a day before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together, and the salad to fully set in the freezer.

Can I substitute any ingredients in this recipe?

While the recipe is delicious as is, you can customize it to your liking. For example, you can replace the pecans with your favorite nuts or use low-fat sour cream if you want to reduce the calories.

Can I use fresh fruit instead of canned fruit?

Canned fruits are recommended in this recipe as they provide a consistent texture and flavor. However, if you prefer fresh fruit, make sure to drain them well and adjust the quantities to maintain the desired consistency.

fruit cupcakes with a cherry on top.

Frozen Fruit Salad

In conclusion, the Frozen Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad is a delightful, cool, and creamy dessert that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. It offers a unique combination of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds craving more. Whether you’re serving it at a family dinner or a summer BBQ, this fruit salad is a delightful addition to any menu.

I have a variety of salads for you to try. Hopefully, some of them will become new favorites. Try my Strawberry Feta Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed DressingPeach Tomato Caprese Salad, Summer Peach Salad, Berry Salad, Grape Salad, Broccoli Blueberry Salad, and Greek Grape salad are some of my favorites.

Cherry cheesecake bites with whipped cream and cherries on a plate.

Maraschino Cherry Fruit Salad

This salad is a unique twist on the traditional fruit salad, combining the tanginess of sour cream and lemon juice with the sweetness of maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, and Cool Whip. The addition of pecans provides a satisfying crunch. The end result is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that create a delightful and refreshing dessert, perfect for summer gatherings.
Author: Paula
5 from 20 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
chilling: 4 hours
Servings: 6 servings



  • Start by mixing the sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
    8 ounces sour cream, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Fold in the chopped maraschino cherries and pecans.
    ¼ cup maraschino cherries, ½ cups pecans
  • Gently fold in the drained crushed pineapple.
    20 ounce pineapple
  • Finally, fold in the Cool Whip until everything is well combined.
    1 cup Cool Whip


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 47mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These are absolutely delicious and totally appeal to the kid in me who used to pluck maraschino cherries off of anything they came on. The creamy, tart base pairs perfectly with the sweet cherries. A fun throwback dessert to make!

  2. 5 stars
    I have tried several fruit salads in my life, but this is one of the best so far! I like how it was so easy to make and with only a few ingredients. Will be serving this again for Christmas!

  3. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite fruit salad! I can’t stop thinking about how good it was. So creamy with the perfect sweetness.

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely refreshing and delicious! The cherries brought in just the right mix of tartness and sweetness, making it the perfect finale to our brunch. Can’t wait to make this again – this time just for me! Lol! Thanks for such an easy and tasty recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Genius! You turned my favorite holiday guilty pleasure (fruit salad with lots of cherries and whipped cream)into a luscious dessert. The sour cream is delicious, btw.

  6. 5 stars
    I love the way the sour cream rounds out the flavors in this! The single-serving presentation is also so easy for guests. Great creative take on a classic.

  7. 5 stars
    I made these earlier and I am so impressed! They are just delicious. So light and refreshing, yet you really feel you’re having a really indulgent dessert. I am going to make these again. They look super cute too 🙂

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