Heavenly Hash Fruit Salad

This is my Mom’s favorite fruit salad. She makes it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everybody asks her for a bowl to take home so yummy!

Ingredients

SALAD INGREDIENTS

1 bunchseedless white grapes, removed from stem and washed
1 bunchseedless dark grapes, removed from stems and washed
4-5 mediumdelicious apples, cored, sliced into 8th’s, and then into about 1/2 inch pieces. leave skin on for color and extra fiber. (peel if you wish)
1 bottle8 oz maraschino cherries, seeded, stemmed and well drained
2 can(s)6.5 oz, mandarin orange sections, well drained
1 bunchcelery hearts, cut into small cubes (leaves removed)
2 can(s)20 oz pineapple chunks, very well drained
1 bunchbananas (4-5 medium), peeled and sliced
1 pkgminiature marshmallows (or large marshmallows cut into fourths w/ kitchen scissors)
1-1/2 lbwalnut pieces

SALAD DRESSING

16 ozcool whip (2-8 oz tubs) topping, thawed
2-1/2 cmayonnaise, light
2 tspground cinnamon
1/2 tspground cloves
2 Tbspgranulated sugar (or to taste)
2 tsppure vanilla extract
1 Tbsprum or almond extract (your choice, to taste)

Directions

1 FIRST, you will need 1 very large bowl for the salad, and a medium mixing bowl for mixing dressing. (My VERY LARGE bowl is about 15 inches in diameter, and about 10 inches tall.)
2 Wash and drain all fresh fruits and celery. and allow to drain until as dry as possible. Drain all canned ingredients well.
3 Remove grapes from stems, cut in half if you wish, and add to the large mixing bowl. Cut cherries in half, if you wish (and remove stems if needed), Add all to the salad bowl, along with drained canned orange segments and pineapple chunks.
4 Cut up apples and celery as directed in ingredients list. Add to the large bowl(as per above). Peel and slice bananas, and add to salad bowl,
5 If using large marshmallows, cut them into quarters with kitchen shears into salad bowl. (If using miniature marshmallows, just add them to the salad bowl.)
6 Add walnut pieces to the salad bowl.
7 To make the salad dressing, place thawed Cool Whip in a medium mixing bowl. Add mayonaise and whisk them together, Add sugar, spices, and rum (or almond) extract. Whisk well to thoroughly combine.
8 Pour dressing over salad in large bowl, and gently fold all ingredients with a rubber spatula until well coated with dressing. Place saran wrap snugly over salad bowl. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Source: Allrecipes.com