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This Easy Pineapple Fluff Fruit Salad is a Must-Try Summer Recipe

Pineapple Orange Fluff Salad

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 3.4 oz box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 20-ounce can crushed pineapple (with juice)
  • 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 of a fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip or TruWhip, thawed

Directions

1

To a large mixing bowl, mix the pudding and canned pineapple, including the juice from the can.

2

Add the oranges, marshmallows, coconut, and fresh pineapple, and mix.

3

Fold in the whipped topping and combine together.

4

Cover and chill in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight before serving. Enjoy!

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making pineapple fluff salad with pinapples and marshmallows

Here’s a yummy side dish or dessert that has serious tropical vacation vibes!

Consider whipping up this quick and easy pineapple fluff salad this summer! This “salad” is filled with a delicious combo of crushed pineapple, vanilla pudding, coconut, and mini marshmallows. It’s a yummy variation of the popular ambrosia salad.

pineapple fluff salad

Pineapple fluff is an easy fruit salad to compile!

We enjoyed the delicious pineapple & mandarin orange combo, but you can adapt this dish using canned and fresh fruits your family likes. It also takes just 10 minutes or less to mix these simple ingredients together, so you’ll love how easy it is to make!

ingredients for pineapple fluff salad

making pineapple fluff salad

Here are a few recipe tips to keep in mind when making pineapple fluff fruit salad:

  • There are quite a few ways to adapt pineapple fluff to what you have on hand: using vanilla yogurt instead of pudding, or I’ve even seen variations use sweetened sour cream. For the whipped base, I’m a fan of TruWhip, but you could use Cool Whip if preferred (or if that’s what you already have on hand).
  • There is a 2-hour chill time in the fridge for this pineapple fluff salad, but it’s so worth it and yummy served nice and cold! You can also prep this earlier in the day or the night before for convenience. Leftovers were still tasty a couple of days later when stored in a covered container in the fridge.

pineapple fluff salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl

adding whipped topping to pineapple fluff salad

coconut pineapple fluff salad


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Pineapple Orange Fluff Salad

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

A sweet fluffy fruit salad with coconut and marshmallows that's a perfect side dish or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 3.4 oz box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 20-ounce can crushed pineapple (with juice)
  • 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 of a fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip or TruWhip, thawed

Directions

1

To a large mixing bowl, mix the pudding and canned pineapple, including the juice from the can.

2

Add the oranges, marshmallows, coconut, and fresh pineapple, and mix.

3

Fold in the whipped topping and combine together.

4

Cover and chill in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight before serving. Enjoy!

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bowl of pineapple fluff salad

This is a big bowl of fluffy tropical heaven!

We loved this pineapple fluff salad so much and made it as a special side dish during Memorial Day weekend while enjoying a fun pool day at home and grilling.

It’s refreshing, and I loved the combo of fresh and canned pineapple. The coconut adds a nice texture.

girl eating pineapple fluff salad

This is a must-try recipe idea!

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Comments 40

  1. Karbear52

    Oh my goodness, my mother has a old fashion Pennsylvania recipe where we grew up…, Very similar to this…!! Let me know if you would like me to send it to you…?? We love this as kids growing up, fantastic dessert…! 👍

    • dealhunter

      Please post, I live in Pa. I wish I had my grandma’s recipe 😊

    • a_spiked_life

      Also from PA, my Mom made a similar salad with tapioca called “Frog Eye Salad”. As well as “Five cup Salad” and “24 Hour Salad” which were very close to this.

      • dealhunter

        Anyone remember a pineapple cream pie? My mom and grandma made that a lot when I was young

      • Lindacupcake

        We’ve always made frog eyed salad too!! Love it!

      • MommySpendsLess

        It works with tapioca?! I’d never heard of it until my office ordered lunch from a local restaurant that offered it as a side. I looked for a recipe so I could make it at home but it recommended a tiny pasta that I was never able to find.

        • ginamccutchanseaton

          I think the tiny pasta is called acini di pepe. I used to make a salad calling for exactly this. You can find it in most stores under Creamette brand.

    • Nicole

      Yes, please post!

    • J

      Can you post your recipe on here for all of us? Please & thank you!!!

  2. Tiggy

    A different spin on pistachio fluff (aka Watergate salad). Looks yummy!

    • NikkiLLM5

      My mom makes Watergate salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s one of my favs!

  3. Karbear52

    @a_spiked_life, Send me your email, I will certainly send it to you…!! 5 cups salad is what they used to call it…!!

  4. Karbear52

    @dealhunter, Please send me your email, I will absolutely send it to you…!!

  5. sfc_abby

    I have made this with homemade whip cream, crushed pineapple (drained) and marshmallows. It’s delicious. I read the recipe here…I am going to add oranges next time. I also did the cream cheese squares this past weekend along with the copy cat McDonald’s flurry….loving the recipes, keep the comin’ Thank you for all you do!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thank you for sharing! I love those recipes too.

  6. Nisreen S Lama

    That’s my son’s favorite salad to make with his dad..easy and delicious 😋

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh fun! So yummy 😋

  7. Karbear52

    Dear ladies… I didn’t know how to send it on this post, however, I sent it to Collin… And hopefully she will post it for you all…!! Enjoy have fun and my mother would be so excited that you all are sharing this and enjoy it…!!

  8. ellen

    I lobe Six Sisters recipe that adds a box of orange jello

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yummy idea – thanks!

  9. Jaci1717

    I grew up making fluff except it is frozen strawberries in syrup, mini marshmallows, heavy whipping cream

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yummy!

    • Joy

      Mmm, details please.

  10. jennifercrump

    My mom’s recipe uses strawberry jello and pineapple! I use 3/4 bag of marshmallows and 2 tubs of whip cream….It’s amazing

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yummy! Thanks for sharing 💕

  11. Susan

    Does anyone have ideas to make this sugar free or low sugar ( def no marshmallows)?

    • Laura Lynn N.

      The recipe I use calls for sour cream as the dressing. Also I just found another great suggestion use Pina Colada flavored yogurt in place of the sour cream (if you don’t like that). And other ideas, for every item that you don’t like or can’t eat add something else. Like bananas, dried cranberries, or mangoes.

      • Laura Lynn N.

        My 5 Cup Salad
        pineapple
        mandarin oranges
        marachino cherries
        coconut
        mini marshmallows
        sour cream is used as the dressing

        I love it with sour cream and it’s an overall yummy tropical salad treat.

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Yummy and thanks for sharing!

        • NikkiLLM5

          My mom and I make a fruit salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas. She’s been making it my entire life. But it uses sour cream. And it’s a lot better if you let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours and stir well before serving. It’s 1 cup fruit cocktail in heavy syrup, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup pecans chopped, & 1 cup mini marshmallows. We always double the recipe. And I like to sprinkle a layer of mini marshmallows over the top before serving. If it looks too soupy after sitting in the fridge we just add extra marshmallows to absorb the liquid. I honestly think I could live off of it. Lol.

  12. ginamccutchanseaton

    Sounds FAB just the way you did it, Lina! Looks luscious too! Will make this weekend for Sunday dinner, thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks 😊 Enjoy it! Yum!

  13. Auntie

    When I saw this, it immediately brought tears to my eyes. My mother who passed away September 2019, always made this during the summer when we were growing up. Sweet childhood memories and of mom.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I’m so sorry for your loss 🙁

  14. joni

    this sounds great and way easier to make than frog eye salad. Thanks for posting!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks Joni! Enjoy 😉

  15. DD

    Hi! This may be a silly question, but do you actually make the french vanilla pudding first, before you mix it in, or do you just add the mix from the box to the mixture? Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      No you just add it with the pineapple – not a silly question! Thanks!

      • DD

        PERFECT! I will be making & taking this to my Friend’s Son’s 18th Birthday Party Social Distancing small get-2-gether! :)))

  16. ver

    do you prepare the pudding or just add the dry contents

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