A childhood favorite with memories of my Polish Grandma, this is one of our family’s traditional Easter dinner recipes. In our family, Overnight Whipped Cream Fruit Salad is nicknamed “24 Hour Salad”.
That’s because the salad’s whipped cream dressing is started the night before, and finished the day of serving.
Rich and lemony, this “cooked-dressing” makes for an extra special holiday fruit salad, especially for Easter! Fruit salads are a holiday staple for Poles. Whether it has a creamy dressing or not, you’re likely to see some version of it on most Polish family holiday tables.
As with many Polish holiday traditions, most families have their own recipe for fruit salad that is on their annual menus. I have no idea of the origins of this recipe, but my older sister doesn’t think it’s Christmas without it!
I’ve renamed the recipe for publication, as I felt our family’s moniker might be a little intimidating for the gals on Pinterest!
However, you do need to make this recipe a full day before serving it, because.. Well, I actually have no idea.
I just know that it turns out perfect after 24 hours refrigeration. But I think that’s a good enough reason, don’t you?
The dressing of our family recipe uses a whipped cream base that’s actually started by “cooking” it. You begin by combining sugar, lemon juice and an egg yolk in a small saucepan and cooking it until it thickens.
That’s the “secret ingredient” to this recipe! It sounds like it gets too involved, but this step takes only 5 minutes, BUT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Now you do, of course, still have to whip the heavy cream in a chilled bowl, with chilled beaters, but so what! That only takes about 5 minutes too.
So, now you’ve invested a WHOLE 10 MINUTES! See, it’s really a breeze to pull together in a half-hour’s time, and that includes draining the canned fruits.
I like to assemble the finished Overnight Whipped Cream Fruit Salad early in the day. That way the salad has a few hours to chill before being placed on the Easter Dinner buffet.
Once your family tastes this creamy and luscious fruit salad, you’ll have to put into your family’s “traditional” Easter dinner recipes! I hope you’ll give one of my favorite family recipes a try this Easter.
YOU’LL FIND THE RECIPE CARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST
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Despite this salad coming out perfect after 24 hours refrigeration, the dressing will start to get watery within 48 hours of assembly.