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Old Fashioned Fruit Salad

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Summer is upon us, and the time for fresh summer fruit salad side dishes is finally here! Sweet, delicious, and oh-so-easy, this old-fashioned fruit salad made with sliced fresh fruits and canned cherry pie filling is just like my grandma used to make me during summer break.

pie filling fruit salad in a white bowl.

With the sweet cherry glaze enveloping all the combined ingredients, you have no idea how this 10-minute fruit salad had me screaming, “More, please!” As a side note, my dad always said I would return from my grandma’s 10 pounds heavier, so take that as you will, ha!

  • If you grab more than one can of cherry pie filling, here are canned fruit recipes that you can whip up with it.


  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, tops removed and quartered
  • 1 lb seedless grapes, halved
  • Three kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced
  • Three bananas, peeled and sliced
  • One can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
fruit salad ingredients.

How to make Old Fashioned Fruit Salad

I really hope you love this recipe! Aside from washing and slicing the fruit, this is a dump-and-go recipe that is great when you need a last-minute sweet side dish to take to an event.

Feel free to adjust the types of fruits to include what you personally love.

  1. Combine the sliced strawberries, grapes, kiwi, and bananas in a large bowl.
  2. Gently stir in the cherry pie filling until all the fruit is evenly coated.
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve, or you can serve it immediately.
cherry pie filling fruit salad. with all of the steps in a collage.

How long will this Old Fashioned Cherry Pie Salad keep?

Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container for a few days, but remember that fresh fruits tend to hold a lot of moisture and can get soft and ripen quickly.

No matter the fruit salad recipe you use, nothing beats same-day freshness. Thankfully, this recipe is so quick that there is no need to make it ahead.

Easy tip to keep it cold

If you can plan ahead, store the canned pie filling and mixing bowl in the fridge until you make the salad so that it starts out cold.

big bowl of cherry salad.

Additional Fruit Salad recipes for Summer Sides

Mixed Berry Summer Salad – A berries-only fruit salad with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette for a full summer berry experience!

large bowl of fruit with a wooden spoon.
This is an all-berry-only side dish.

Fluff Salad Recipes – Fluff salads are half side dishes and half desserts. Typically combined with Cool Whip, yogurt, or both, they are a common throwback side. Try fruit salad fluff, ambrosia salad, or apple pie fluff.

fruit fluff salad
Marshmallows are typically in fluff salads.

Fresh Fruit Only – If you like your fruit recipes to be just fruit, I totally understand that, too. Fruit is one of those ingredients that really doesn’t need a lot to be perfect.

I recommend this ginger honey tropical salad or this easy winter salad recipe (with cranberries), both with an emphasis on the chopped fruit.

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Old Fashioned Fruit Salad (with Cherry Pie Filling)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Sliced fresh kiwi, bananas, strawberries, and grapes wrapped in sweet canned cherry pie filling. Delicious and sweet side salad, perfect all summer long.


  • 1 lb strawberries trimmed and quartered
  • 1 lb seedless grapes halved (red or green- your choice)
  • 3 kiwis peeled and sliced
  • 3 bananas peeled and sliced
  • 21 oz can of cherry pie filling


  • Thoroughly wash the strawberries and grapes under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Quarter the strawberries, halve the grapes, and slice the kiwi and bananas.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the prepared strawberries, grapes, kiwi, and bananas.
  • Gently fold in the cherry pie filling until all the fruit is uniformly coated. A spatula is a great way to mix in.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve, or enjoy it immediately if preferred.


  • Consider adding a tropical twist by including pineapple chunks and mango slices.
  • For added texture, sprinkle chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts on top before serving.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 134kcal

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