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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chilling Time4 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acini de pepe fruit salad, creamy fruit salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Lori @ www.AReinventedMom.com


  • 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


  • Cook acini de pepe according to package directions.  Rinse with cold water and drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine drained fruits with the cooked acini de pepe.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add 8 oz. Cool Whip to macaroni and fruit mixture. Stir gently to combine.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.


Plan ahead - needs to chill.
Nutrition facts are provided as a reference.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.6mg