This frozen fruit salad is a delightful, refreshing side dish. Make a big batch during harvest time and enjoy it all winter long! It's a favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, but we also enjoy it year-round for Sunday dinners.
Frozen Fruit Salad
Frozen fruit salad goes way back to my childhood. I have such vivid memories of eating Frozen Fruit Salad in white china bowls for Sunday dinner or Christmas. My family kept a stash in the freezer and we would make sure to ration it out so it would last all winter long. We had peach and pear trees in my backyard and this recipe was a great way for my mother to use up all the fresh fruit before it went bad.
Even though I don't have peach or pear trees, I'm always lucky enough to be the recipient of peaches from a neighbor or I'll buy a bushel from a local stand. I have to have my Frozen Fruit Salad!
My dad has raspberry bushes at his house, so occasionally I'll even throw in some of those to give the fruit salad another burst of flavor.
Make now, enjoy later!
The end of Summer is the perfect time to make a big batch of this goodness when fresh peaches, pears, and grapes are in season. Once you make it, you can freeze in smaller bags to enjoy all winter long when fresh fruit isn't as available.
We love eating this Frozen Fruit Salad for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve dinner, and Sunday dinners.
What you need to make Frozen Fruit Salad:
- Fresh peaches
- Fresh pears (if you don't have access, you can double the amount of peaches)
- Green grapes
- Raspberries, optional
- 1 can crushed pineapple
- Sugar (I always ½ the amount)
- Lemon juice
- Orange juice
The recipe calls for 6 cups of both peaches and pears, but if you don't have exactly that amount, it's A-ok! In fact, many years I haven't wanted to spend a fortune on pear trees (since I don't have a tree), so I'll omit the pears completely and double the amount of peaches.
If you have extra raspberries, throw those in there, too!
And this is what you will end up with... deliciousness in a bowl right there.
Make a big batch while peaches and pears are in season and save for all your festive Thanksgiving and Holiday dinners. Enjoy! I know you'll love it!Print
Marilyn's Frozen Fruit Salad
- Yield: 16 cups 1x
- 6 cups fresh peaches, chopped
- 6 cups fresh pears, chopped (if you don't have pears, double the amount of peaches)
- 1 ⅔ cup crushed pineapple
- 1 lb. green grapes (or double the amount)
- up to 2 cups sugar (I use 1 cup and it's plenty sweet)
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 ½ cup orange juice
- Mix all of the chopped fruit together and then pour sugar over top.
- Mix well, let sit for about 20 minutes until sugar is dissolved.
- Then add juices and stir well. Freeze in freezer-proof ziploc bags or freezer containers.
- To eat, defrost for just a few minutes. You still want it mostly chunky and frozen.
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Yum! We call this frozen fruit cocktail in my house. i love this stuff.