Fresh Fruit Cocktail Salad

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Fruit Cocktail Salad

This fresh fruit cocktail salad recipe is so simple to make and is a tasty and healthy dessert. Super for serving up after a dinner party as it is light and provides the necessary sweetness.

Adding fresh fruit obviously makes it far better than a canned fruit cocktail salad as you are free to add whatever fruit you like.

fruit salad recipe
I do use some canned fruit in this recipe – the peaches and pineapple are from a can as it then provides some nice light sweet syrup or juice for the fruit to soak in while it is waiting to be eaten :).

This prevents some fruits such as apples from turning brown. Keeping it in the fridge in an airtight container also helps to preserve the fruit for longer.

fruit cocktail dessert
Fresh Fruit Cocktail Salad

My Mum used to make this fruit salad recipe, or something similar, often during the summer months as it can give a nice cooling effect as well to counteract the summer sun.

In the UK we call this meal a fruit salad and it is normally served up as dessert, but you may see it as a side salad or even appetizer.

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Fruit cocktail salad to go

What fruits to put in a fruit salad?

The great thing about this easy dish is that you can almost add any type of fruit you fancy. I did buy a mango to add to it as well, but it was not quite ripe enough to eat so I did not include it.

I did not add any bananas as I was worried they would discolour while in the fridge, but I suppose you could always add them just before serving if you wished to.

fresh fruit cocktail
My Mum used to often use lychees and kiwi fruit in her fruit salads. But you could easily add other berries and fruits like blackberries for example.

In this recipe, I noticed the slightly sour taste of the raspberries contrasted nicely with the sweet tasting peaches, pineapple and mandarin oranges.

All in all, this is a great British dessert that is not as stodgy and unhealthy as many other British puddings.

Some people like to add cream or custard to this dish, but personally, it is not something I like to do. I like to keep this one dairy free.

fruit cocktail without vanilla
This is also a great dessert to take with you on picnics or on road trips, as long as you can keep it cool.

How to prepare fruit cocktail salad

Fresh Fruit Cocktail Salad

fruit cocktail salad

This easy to make fresh fruit cocktail salad is easy to prepare and requires no cooking. Great if you are out camping or need a snack to take on a road trip

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 can Peach Slices
  • 1 can Sliced Pineapple
  • 100g strawberries
  • 2 apples
  • 2 satsumas, tangerines or mandarins
  • 125g blueberries
  • 125g raspberries
  • 100g grapes, halved


  1. Wash all the fresh fruit. Put the peaches and pineapple into a large bowl with the syrup. Slice the pineapple slices into quarters and the peaches until they are about the same size.
  2. Remove any green bits from the strawberries. Slice the apple into smallish chunks. You do not need to peel the apple. Peel the satsumas and divide into segments.
  3. Halve the grapes and any large strawberries.
  4. Put everything into a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Use the syrup from the canned fruit as a liquid base to the salad.


Serve up in bowls, making sure to serve up with some of the juice. Some people like to eat this with cream, or vanilla pudding but I prefer without.


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