Mom’s Creamy New York Fruit Salad

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Equal parts sweet & savory, Mom’s Creamy New York Fruit Salad is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal.

I’m excited to share a side dish from my Mom’s recipe box today – Creamy New York Fruit Salad.  Growing up in the Midwest, family gatherings and holiday meals always included a fruit or jello salad.

Mom’s Creamy New York Fruit Salad made frequent appearances as the not-too-sweet flavor profile made it a perfect complement to almost any meal.  Ham – awesome! Turkey – so good!  Burgers on the grill – amazing!

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Mom’s Creamy New York Fruit Salad was (and still is!) a family favorite. Studded with mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and maraschino cherries, the savory acini de pepe pasta keeps this salad from being overly sweet.

And you know what that means?  You don’t have to feel guilty about having dessert later.  That’s my line of thinking anyway.

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I typically complete the initial steps of Mom’s Creamy New York Fruit Salad the evening before.  This allows the salad base mixture to set up overnight.

All that’s left to do the next day is to combine the fruit and pasta mixture with the Cool Whip.  Easy peasy!

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Work Smarter: Sometimes the right tools can make or break your cooking experience. These are the tools I used to make quick work of this recipe:

Acini de Pepe pasta – my favorite brand.  Check the pasta section in your local grocery store or order online.
12″ Whisk – I use a whisk every single day.
Measuring spoons – magnetized for easy, stackable storage.
Mixing bowls with lids – a size for every job.

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4.8 from 10 votes

Mom's Creamy New York Fruit Salad

Equal parts sweet & savory, Mom's Creamy New York Fruit Salad is a wonderful complement to any meal.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword acini de pepe fruit salad, creamy fruit salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 223 kcal
Author Lori @


  • 1 cup acini de pepe pasta (aka small bead macaroni)
  • 16 oz. can crushed pineapple, drain & reserve juice
  • 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drain & reserve juice
  • 8 oz. jar maraschino cherries, halved, drain & reserve juice
  • 2 cups juice, reserved from fruits
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip thawed


  1. Cook acini de pepe according to package directions.  Rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine drained fruits with the cooked acini de pepe.

  3. Using a medium saucepan, mix 2 cups reserved juice with 3/4 cup sugar. Stir to combine.  Bring mixture to a full boil over medium heat.

  4. Temper the beaten egg by adding 2 Tbsp. of the hot juice mixture and stir.  Add the tempered egg to the boiling juice and stir rapidly with a whisk.

  5. Mix 2 Tbsp. cold water with 2 Tbsp. cornstarch.  Stir to combine. Add cornstarch mixture to the boiling juice and whisk together.  Cook until thickened.

  6. Add thickened juice to cooked acini de pepe and fruit mixture.  Stir to evenly distribute.  Refrigerate for several hours until set.  I usually prepare this dish the night before and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Add 8 oz. Cool Whip to macaroni and fruit mixture. Stir gently to combine.

  8. Refrigerate leftovers.


Plan ahead - needs to chill.

Nutrition facts are provided as a reference.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Creamy New York Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 175mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 37g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 16.2%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. In our family, this is “Magic Salad” and we use it interchangeably as salad or dessert. My daughter polishes off all that’s leftover. Nice to have a recipe. Thanks!

  2. Your fruit salad looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with us at Meal Plan Monday!

  3. I love this salad! I’ve had it with coconut but I don’t like coconut. Using orzo is a good idea for a substitute!

  4. Tammy says:

    This is Frog eye salad

    • It appears to be very similar although we’ve always called it New York Salad. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

    • Shelly in Sunny San Diego says:

      Frog eyes are large pearl tapioca in pudding. Aunt Kay made it when I was a wee little, 60 years ago. Southern Ohio, so it all sounds regional, as well as generational, to me.
      This recipe sounds amazing, so I shall be making.

  5. Wendy says:

    My family makes a similar salad but we use orzo pasta which looks like rice.

  6. Thank you for this delicious sounding salad. I have a question about when to add the cool whip. Just to confirm step 7. you add the cool whip after it has been in the refrigerator over night or before serving?

    • Hi Judy! Yes, you want to add the Cool Whip after the mixture has set up in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy this dish!

  7. Never heard of this pasta where can I️ find it? Looks great!

    • I purchase the acini de pepe in the pasta section at my local supermarket, Kathy. If you can’t find it locally, I’ve included a link above to order online.

  8. Looks so yummy. I just had to share on FB. Happy New Year!

  9. Pam Coleman says:

    Down south, we call this frog eye salad. Looking at the acini you can understand why. lol Wonderful recipe.

  10. We have always made this salad and have always known it as Frogs Eye Salad. Love it.

  11. Caitlin says:

    My mom used to make this all the time for me as a kid.. we dont use sugar… its amazing without it, all the sweetness from the juices are good enough. I just made myself a batch, a lil too.much juice made it a lil runny… opps! Still amazing!

  12. June Pugh says:

    Sounds yummy. Will definitely take it to my granddaughter’
    s for Thanksgiving, even though she said I don’t have to make anything. I am 93 years old.

    • New York salad is a great addition to a holiday menu. I hope you enjoy my Mom’s recipe as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful Thanksgiving, June!

  13. Annabelle says:

    I know I would love the recipe as is but I’m wondering about substitutions. Some people don’t like marachino cherries or canned oranges. Do you think one could substitute strawberries, grapes, pears or any other fruits? Thank You

    • I haven’t made this with fresh fruit, Annabelle. I would be concerned berries and softer fruits may keep the salad base from setting up. You could try mixing in the fruit immediately before serving. Please come back & update your results if you decide to try it with fresh fruits.

    • Carol L Brewer says:

      I add canned peaches (diced) and slivered almonds. Soo good!

  14. I had never heard of acini de Pepe until now! Your mom’s creamy fruit salad looks delicious! I never knew such a dish existed! Thanks for sharing it here at Fiesta Friday!

  15. Perfect combination ! Will use it as a dessert after the holidays 🙂

  16. Congratulations!
    Your post was featured on Full Plate Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Best Wishes For 2017
    Miz Helen

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