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Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad

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If you’re looking for a perfect dish for your next summer gathering, let me introduce you to my favorite: the Dreamy Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad. This isn’t your average fruit salad; it has a retro feel that takes me back to the classic orange creamsicle flavors of my childhood.

The creamy dressing, made with vanilla pudding and orange juice concentrate, delivers a bright citrus flavor that’s sweet, tangy, and perfectly refreshing for summer.

Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Fruit Salad served chilled.

And let’s not forget the convenience—this potluck-friendly dessert salad can be made ahead of time, which makes it perfect when you would rather be hanging with your guests than stuck in the kitchen prepping food. (although if you are me, you would sometimes rather be hiding in the kitchen than hosting)

Ingredients

  • 1 small package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
  • (15 oz) sliced peaches, drained
  • (15 oz) mandarin oranges drained
  • Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • Two bananas, peeled and sliced
Freshly chopped fruits and drained canned fruits for fruit salad.

Unlike many similar recipes that rely heavily on Cool Whip or Marshmallow fluff, my version uses vanilla Greek yogurt to create that creamy texture and combines both fresh fruits like apples and bananas with canned fruits like pineapple and mandarin oranges for a mix of flavors and textures.

How to make Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad

  1. Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding, milk, thawed orange juice concentrate, and vanilla Greek yogurt until smooth. Set aside.
Mixing the pudding mixture for fruit salad.
  1. Combine the Fruits: In a larger bowl, mix the pineapple chunks, sliced peaches, mandarin oranges, chopped apple, and banana slices. Make sure the fruits are well combined.
Freshly chopped fruits for fruit salad.
  1. Mix Together: Pour the pudding mixture over the fruit and gently stir until all the fruit pieces are evenly coated. The mixture might look thick and lumpy at first, but keep mixing—it will thin out to the perfect consistency.
adding dreamsicle mixture to all of the fruit.
Close-up of creamy fruit salad with bananas and peaches.
  1. Chill: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you prefer. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  2. Serve: Before serving, stir the salad. Serve chilled, and enjoy each orange-filled dreamy spoonful!
dreamlike fruit salad with oranges and creamy sweet dessert dressing with pudding and yogurt.

How to Store Dreamy Orange Fruit Salad

Storage Instructions:

  1. Refrigeration: Store in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator.
  2. Shelf Life: This salad will stay fresh for approx. 3-4 days when properly refrigerated.
  3. Serving Prep: Before serving, stir the salad to recombine and mix up any settled fruits or moisture.

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Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad


Prep Time 15 minutes
Sweet and Creamy Summer Fruit Salad – This orange dreamsicle fruit salad combines fresh and canned fruits with a creamy vanilla pudding and orange juice dressing, making it a citrus flavored hit all summer long.

Ingredients
 

  • 3.4 oz. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 20 oz. canned pineapple chunks well drained
  • 15 oz. canned sliced peaches well drained
  • 15 oz. canned mandarin oranges well drained
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored and chopped
  • 2 bananas peeled and sliced

Instructions

  • Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding, milk, thawed orange juice concentrate, and vanilla Greek yogurt until smooth. Set aside.
  • Combine the Fruits: In a larger bowl, mix the pineapple chunks, sliced peaches, mandarin oranges, chopped apple, and banana slices. Make sure the fruits are well combined.
  • Mix Together: Pour the pudding mixture over the fruit and gently stir until all the fruit pieces are evenly coated. The mixture might look thick and lumpy at first, but keep mixing—it will thin out to the perfect consistency.
  • Chill: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you prefer. This allows the flavors to meld together as well as make sure the salad gets good and cold.
  • Serve: Before serving, give everything a good stir. Serve chilled.

Notes

This salad is best served cold. If serving at a party or bbq/potluck, put the bowl inside an additional bowl filled with ice to keep cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 200kcal

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