April 27th, 2012

Fruit Salad for a Crowd

Fruit Salad for a Crowd

I have a confession to make.  I have sort of an obsession with office supplies.  For instance, I just love, love, love sharp pencils—and by the way, for me it’s Ticonderoga #2’s all the way, baby!  I also have an up-close and personal relationship with office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot.  When I go in one of those places, I’m like a kid in a candy store.  I mean, aside from stocking reams and reams of paper I can use to print cool stuff on my printer, they’ve got labels for anything and everything, postage scales, Sharpie pens in every color of the rainbow, and tablets with yellow lined paper.  I can never seem to buy enough of those yellow tablets.  I buy the mini size in bulk packages, and I go through them like there’s no tomorrow.  I also have an obsession with desks.  I worked in an office for 10 years, and I just LOVE having a desk.  There’s something about having a place to organize all my cool office supply stuff that is just totally awesome.  But I think people might be taking notice of this obsession I’ve got, and they have opinions about it, too.  In fact, my best friend gave me this name plate that she had custom-made just for me to put on my desk.  On the front it has my name and a quote that relates to my love of genealogy.

But if you flip it around, it says this:

Well, I guess that pretty much sums it up, and although I admit it’s true, I like to display the side with my name on it.  The problem is that my son sneaks into my office from time to time and switches it around to the Desk Nerd side.  See, even he has an opinion about it!  Is there anybody out there that can relate to my obsession with office supplies, or am I really the only Desk Nerd around?

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, let’s get on to today’s recipe.  I named it Fruit Salad for a Crowd because it makes a great big bowl of it, but you don’t really need a crowd to make it.  I sometimes make it just for my family, and then the leftovers are great for some tasty lunches.  To make this salad, you’ll need a pineapple, a cantaloupe, mangoes, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and powdered sugar.  Cut the pineapple and the cantaloupe into bite-sized pieces and put them in a large bowl.

Peel the mangoes with a potato peeler.

Cut the fruit from the mango seeds and cut it into bite-sized pieces, adding it to the bowl.

Wash the strawberries, grapes, and blueberries.  Cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces, and add all to the bowl.

The amount of powdered sugar you need depends on how much fruit you have, how ripe your fruit is, and personal preference.  Start off by adding about 3 cups of powdered sugar to the fruit bowl and stir to combine until the powdered sugar mixes with the juices from the fruits and no longer looks white.  Do a taste test and add more powdered sugar if desired.

 It tastes so fresh and healthy!

Fruit Salad

Posted under Salads

24 Responses to “Fruit Salad for a Crowd”

  1. Never thought to add powdered sugar to fruit salad. Looks delicious!

  2. Thanks, LP! Yes, powdered sugar is a good way to sweeten the salad without covering up the natural colors of the fruit. But on occasion I have also added whipped cream from a can (in addition to the powdered sugar) and my guests said it tasted like a yummy dessert. It’s delicious either way!

  3. How far in advance do you add the sugar before serving? Do you let it sit overnight? Thanks, Vickie

  4. Vickie—No, the powdered sugar should be added right before serving. Adding sugar to fruit causes the fruit to lose some of it’s juice and if you let it sit overnight, you would have quite a bit of juice sitting at the bottom of the bowl.

  5. Fruit salad is always a great choice! When I have to make dinner for guests and don’t have time to bake, I always prepare fruit salad. Easy and delicious!

  6. You might also try:
    1 Cup vanilla yogurt
    1 Tsp powdered ginger
    2 Tbsp orange marmalade

    Mix thoroughly & pour over the fruit salad. Makes a nice dressing for this!

  7. Thanks for sharing, Deb! That does sound delicious, and I’m going to try it the next time I make a fruit salad.

  8. Thanks for the recipe, Laura. I have to cook for a crowd of 100 — please, can you tell us about how much fruit (1/2 cup? 1 cup?) is in each serving using this recipe for 20? Maybe with other desserts available it actually stretches?

  9. Susan, this is a rough guestimate, but I think it would be about 20 1-cup servings, maybe even a little more than that. I bet you could get more than 20 servings out of it if you are serving it with other dishes. Good luck with your crowd!

  10. Thank you very much for responding. I was hoping you’d say that. We have other desserts planned, so I am going to plan on only 1/2 cup servings if I can find cups that size. One recipe will be plenty! First come – first serve. 🙂

  11. Would watermelon work in this recipe?

  12. Renee, I have used watermelon in fruit salads that are similar to this one, but not with the powdered sugar. I’m not sure how well they would work together since watermelon is really juicy. If I were you, I would either use watermelon or the powdered sugar, but not both.

  13. This sounds so delicious and seems pretty easy! I was just wondering if I could add a couple of Bannanas to the recipe?

  14. Tammy, the reason I didn’t put bananas in this fruit salad is because they turn brown quickly and then make the salad look unappetizing. The only way that I would suggest adding bananas to it is if you know for sure that the entire salad will be eaten rather quickly.

  15. Dip your bananas in orange juice first and drain the orange juice from the banana…. Will keep bananas from going brown..

  16. Thanks for the fruit salad suggestions, I’m making enough salad for my friend’s birthday, 100 plus birthday group. How about adding apples with lemon juice,so apples won’t turn brown?

  17. Roxanne, if the apples sound good to you, I would say go ahead and add them. For me, this salad has sort of a tropical taste, and I would rather not have apples in it. Have fun with your party!

  18. I have made fruit salad similar to this except I used instant vanilla pudding to sweeten the salad. It makes a nice sauce that makes a really yummy dessert.

  19. When I make fruit salad and especially with bananas, I add some lemon juice and a little milk to the powdered sugar. That stops the banana from turning brown. Mangoes are at the top of my grocery list for this salad.

  20. Instead of the powdered sugar, I use the strawberry gel you find in the fresh fruit dept… one goes a very long way and they also make it in sugar free! When you add it to the fruit it mixes with the juices and creates a nice light sauce on the fruit that even kids will love!!!

  21. Toss with honey instead of powdered sugar.YUM…Just don’t “over load” as you want to enjoy the fresh “fruits natural taste”.

  22. If I can’t find ripe mango do you have an alternate fruit suggestion?

  23. Sally, you can just leave out the mangoes, or you can replace them with honeydew melon and/or blackberries.

  24. You might want to mention in the recipe not to add the sugar until serving. I made mine the night before and it was too juicy!


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