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Start this dish the night before, and you’ll be rewarded with a fabulous Overnight Whipped Cream Fruit Salad when you’re ready to serve!

Overnight Whipped Cream Fruit Salad

OVERNIGHT WHIPPED CREAM FRUIT SALAD

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!

 

24 HOUR FRUIT SALAD – Who Knows the Origin?

overnight whipped cream fruit saladI’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.

 

GIVE THE FINISHED SALAD TIME TO CHILL!

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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Overnight Whipped Cream Fruit Salad

Overnight Whipped Cream Fruit Salad

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 25 minutes

Rich and lemony, this "cooked-dressing" makes for an extra special holiday fruit salad. You'll be asked to make it often once family and friends taste this yummy concoction!

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can pineapple chunks, drained
  • Can mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • Large Granny Smith apple, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 cup mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries, drained
  • ASSEMBLY DAY:
  • 1 banana (leave whole and unpeeled until just before serving salad)
  • DRESSING: (CHILL MIXING BOWL AND BEATERS BEFORE STARTING RECIPE)
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 large egg yolk, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Combine fruits (except banana) and marshmallows in a large bowl, cover and chill.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine yolk, sugar, salt and lemon juice. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. (3-4 minutes) Cool.
  3. Whip heavy cream in a chilled mixing bowl, with chilled beaters, until it forms soft peaks.
  4. Fold cooled yolk mixture into whipped cream until incorporated. Gently fold whipped cream dressing into chilled, drained fruit mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  5. Just before serving, peel and cut banana and stir into fruit salad. Stir salad gently before serving.

Notes

Despite this salad coming out perfect after 24 hours refrigeration, the dressing will start to get watery within 48 hours of assembly.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 168Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 53mgSodium 17mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 2g
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