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Best Five Cup Fruit Salad

Best Five Cup Fruit Salad

Made with only five ingredients, this Five-Cup Fruit Salad is simple, quick and so delicious!

From Cindy Burton: “My mother in law was hands down the sweetest of sweet little old ladies. When I first met her in 1987, she came waddling through the hallway with the prettiest dimpled gun on her face. I knew right then that we would be good friends. 

Her name was Ruby Helen Reece Burton and she was the mother of seven children, with my husband being her ‘baby boy’. We used to joke about how both she and Oliver, my father in law, were the babies of their families, and Eldon (my husband) and I were the babies of our families. We would always say we are doing pretty good for a bunch of babies! 

Ruby was the queen of making do. She and Oliver were poor throughout their entire fifty six years together, but you wouldn’t be able to tell it by anything Ruby said or did. She never let on like they didn’t have money for anything she wanted; she always found. suitable alternative to whatever it was. 

Often, you would see Ruby crocheting hand towels or working on some type of sewing project to make a little extra money. Oh, how she loved to craft and bring smiles to people’s faces!

I could go on and on about how special this woman was to me and my family, but with tears rolling down my face while thinking about her, I will end with this special recipe that she was known for, Five Cup Fruit Salad. Now folks, this is just a basic little fruit salad that I am sure many of you have tasted in some variation, but to our family, it is five layers of love, happiness, joy, family, and faith.

Ruby passed away a few years ago and our family hasn’t been the same since. I still miss her so much and would love to walk into her home and hear that sweet voice say, ‘Howdy Doody Momma Mo!’.” 


  • You can change or add the type of fruit you use. Chopped apples or grapes would be really good.
  • Sometimes I make this with fresh mandarin oranges instead of canned when they are in season.
  • If you prefer, you can use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

This is such an easy and delicious fruit salad.

You will love it!

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained


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