This fun dish is pretty easy. It has a few steps that combined shouldn’t take more than half an hour. Then you’ll have this cute fall-themed dessert to thrill your family and your guests. One of the things I love about Fall Festival Fruit Salad is that this recipe is a classic, old fashioned recipe with a bit of a twist.
Fun and Delicious Fall Festival Fruit Salad
Are you looking for fun and festive recipes for Halloween or Fall get-togethers? This Fall Festival Fruit Salad will be sure to delight all party-goers.
You know I like quick and easy recipes and this one is no exception. It’s delicious and it doesn’t take all day to make. The longest part is waiting for it to set up. Other than that it will take maybe 30 minutes to have this cute and delicious side dish ready to go.
Easy Fall Festival Fruit Salad
This fruit salad is a fun side for parties or just for dessert. It’s plenty sweet, a little rich, and just enough tart. I love making desserts and fun dishes that offer some health benefits. This one has fresh fruit and walnuts. I think I like it best though because it’s that easy to make everyone happy.
As we start to embrace fall, we look for recipes with fall fruits like apples. They are one of the most popular fresh fall fruits.
The jello and pineapples provide the sweetness for this dish and the heavy whipping cream makes it a rich delight.
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What if I can’t have dairy?
If you need a non-dairy substitute for the heavy cream, there are several choices. Coconut cream can be substituted one-to-one for heavy cream. A less expensive option can be made by mixing ⅔ of a cup of alternative milk such as soy or rice milk with ⅓ of a cup of olive oil or melted dairy-free butter or margarine.
Do I have to use walnuts in the fall festival fruit salad?
Unfortunately, nut allergies affect numerous people and must stay away from walnuts. If you happen to fall into this category, leave them out. Or if you just don’t like walnuts, feel free to substitute a nut with a similar texture such as pecans.
Do I need to buy a whole container of lemon juice just for this recipe?
If you frequently use lemon juice, it has a long shelf life when it is stored in the refrigerator. If you want to take a more natural approach, it should only take a lemon or two to make the one-fourth a cup of lemon juice needed for this dessert.
Can I leave the salt out?
If you are on a salt-restricted diet, you might want to reduce the amount of salt used. Or, you could leave it out altogether. Just be aware that even though it seems like a tiny amount, it will slightly alter the taste.
How long can the fall fruit salad be stored in the fridge?
One of the good things about this recipe is it will need to set up for a couple of hours before being served. It can be left in the fridge overnight. This gives you enough time to make it ahead of time. Once it sets in the mold, it will be pretty solid.
Ingredients You Need to Make a Fall Festival Fruit Salad
- 3-ounce packet of Lemon flavored Jell-O
- A 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice
- A cup of heavy whipping cream
- A cup of unpeeled diced apples
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons chopped Maraschino cherries
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Directions for Making the Fall Festival Fruit Salad
Drain the pineapple chunks saving the juice.
Pour the pineapple juice into a measuring cup and add enough water to make it equal to one cup.
Pour it into a pan and bring the juice and water mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add the box of lemon Jell-O and continue stirring so it mixes well. Keep stirring until the Jell-O has dissolved completely.
Set it in the fridge and let it chill for 20 to 30 minutes. You want it to be thick and syrupy, but not all the way set.
While the Jell-O is chilling, add the heavy whipping cream (or your non-dairy alternative) to a cold bowl and whisk with an electric beater on high for one minute or until it is whipped and fluffy.
In another large bowl, combine the drained pineapple chunks, diced apples, chopped maraschino cherries, chopped walnuts, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well.
By now the Jell-O should be chilled enough. Add it to the fruit mixture and stir it in.
Fold in the whipped cream.
Transfer the Fall Festival Fruit Salad to a 2-quart silicone mold.
Put the mold back into the fridge and let it sit for at least two hours. It can set for 8 to 12 hours or overnight.
Unmold the Fall Festival Fruit Salad and serve with whipped cream.
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- 1 (3 oz.) packet of Lemon Jell-O
- 1 (20 oz.) can of Pineapple Chunks, in 100% Pineapple Juice
- 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 cup unpeeled diced Apples
- ¼ cup chopped Walnuts
- 2 tablespoons chopped Maraschino Cherries
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Drain pineapple chunks, reserve the juice.
- Pour the juice in a measuring cup and add water to make it 1 cup.
- Bring the pineapple juice and water to a boil over medium high heat.
- Add the lemon Jell-O and mix well, till the Jell-O dissolves.
- Let it chill in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes, till is thick and syrupy but not set.
- While the Jell-O chills, add the heavy whipping cream to a cold bowl and whisk with an electric beater on high for a minute till it is fluffy and whipped.
- In a large bowl combine the drained pineapple chunks, diced apples, chopped maraschino cherries, chopped walnuts, lemon juice, and salt. Toss well.
- Add the chilled lemon Jell-O and mix it in.
- Fold in the whipped cream.
- Transfer the fruit salad to a 2-quart silicone Jell-O mold.
- Chill the salad in the fridge for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
- Unmold the salad and serve it with whipped cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g
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