2013 – Gluten Free Living
Years ago I attended a potluck at our church in DeSoto, Texas, and this luscious salad was on display. I sampled it and loved it. I tracked down the maker and the guy who made it got the recipe from his aunt who made a version of this wonderful Peachy Fruit Salad frequently. I am so grateful for Richard Hunt and his aunt for sharing this great recipe with us. We have used it many times and always receive a lot of compliments whenever we serve it. Richard always improvised the salad based on what he had on hand but he always included peach pie filling and canned apricots as part of the ingredients.
The ingredients for this recipe are potluck size. So unless your family is large, or you don’t mind eating this for a couple of meals you may want to cut down the ingredients about half. That is easy to do. Substitute smaller cans of fruit for the larger ones and decrease your fresh fruit to the amounts you desire. The pictures in this post show one batch of the recipe so let them be your guide to how much you want to make.
What makes this recipe so special is it’s made with peach pie filling. Yes, that’s right–peach pie filling! It also has a large can of peaches, pears, a couple of cans of apricots, a large can of pineapple along with fresh fruit like strawberries, grapes, and apples. The original recipe also calls for bananas although I didn’t include them here. The sweetness from the peach pie filling permeates all the rest of the ingredients making this fruit salad recipe one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Additionally, most pie fillings are made with cornstarch as the thickener so this recipe is actually gluten free as well.
Peachy Fruit Salad is really a marvelous and satisfying fruit salad recipe. It’s also a little quicker than making a fruit salad with assorted melons because you don’t have to do quite as much cutting and prep work. If you’re looking for an elegant fruit salad for company, to take along with you for holiday dinners, or a large potluck banquet, consider taking along my recipe for Peachy Fruit Salad. You will have people coming out of the woodwork tracking you down to get the recipe for this amazing salad!
Peachy Fruit Salad is an elegant mixed fruit salad that is flavored wonderfully by a can of peach pie filling!
Here’s a close up of the ingredients. I left out bananas in this batch but I usually include them.
This batch makes a lot! Probably somewhere between 12 and 15 servings. You can easily halve the recipe, though.
Here’s an individual serving. Peachy Fruit Salad is juicy, sweet, and sumptuous.
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients you will use.
Place a large bowl under a colander in your sink and press the juice from the crushed pineapple through the openings in the colander. The bowl will catch all the drippings. Reserve pineapple juice and place the crushed pineapple in a large mixing bowl.
Here you can see the pineapple and the bowl of pineapple juice. Don’t throw out the juice!
Drain the apricots and toss into bowl with crushed pineapple.
Here I’ve added the apricots to the crushed pineapple.
Add pears. I cut the pears up into large dice.
I also add a can of peaches and cut the sliced peaches down into large dice. Since peaches are my favorite fruit I don’t omit the extra can of peaches.
Add a can of peach pie filling. I don’t cut up these peaches but leave them intact.
Add grapes – to the amount you prefer.
Add sliced strawberries – to the amount you prefer.
Slice apples and place slices in the pineapple juice. Swish apple pieces around in the juice turning them upside down a few times and rotating them so that the pineapple juice completely covers the apples. This will prevent browning.
If you’re going to add bananas, slice two bananas and repeat this procedure to avoid browning.
Pat the excess moisture off the apples.
Here’s what the salad looks like. Stir all the ingredients thoroughly but gently. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Peachy Fruit Salad serves up beautifully. Fortunately, it’s not just lovely in appearance, the taste is quite pleasing and palatable, too!
This recipe makes a lot. You can make plenty for your family to snack on for a few days, or cut the recipe down in half if you only want to serve it one day. It will keep in the refrigerator several days.
We love this Peachy Fruit Salad. It’s so different from any other fruit salad recipe I’ve tried – tastes marvelous.
Here’s the recipe.
PEACHY FRUIT SALAD
(Recipe adapted from Richard Hunt, when we attended Southwest Baptist Church, DeSoto, TX)
2 cans peach pie filling
2 small cans apricots, drained and cut in small pieces
1 large can peaches, drained and cut in small pieces
1 large can pears, drained and cut in small pieces
1 large can chunk pineapple, drained, but SAVE the juice
1 can mandarin orange segments, drained, optional
1 lb. fresh strawberries, washed, hulls removed, and sliced
1 ½ cups red grapes, sliced in halves
3 large ripe bananas, sliced and dipped in reserved pineapple juice to stop spoilage and browning
Mix together and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves about 10-12. (This may be a low estimate)!
NOTE: Use the reserved pineapple juice to prevent browning in bananas, apples, or any other fresh fruits like pears or peaches.
I used apple slices instead of the bananas this time. Here’s a serving of this enjoyable fruit salad.
Our kids always loved this delectable Peachy Fruit Salad. I’m sure yours will too!
This is a great way to get your kids to eat something other than macaroni and cheese!
Consider taking along a batch of this amazing salad to your next holiday function. It’s great anytime of the year but especially as we roll into the summer season with Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day coming up it’s nice to have a cool salad to eat–especially here in Texas!