Friday, November 19, 2010

Old Fashioned 5 Cup Salad

Five cup salad, and all of its expanded cup versions, is another old fashioned fruit salad that is perfect for any holiday table. A very simple but delicious and well-loved dish.

Old Fashioned 5 Cup Salad

Five Cup Salad is another fruit salad that has been around forever - well, for as long as I can remember anyway - and, while it's good any time of the year, is a great addition to the holiday table too. Many of us will remember it from days gone by in our Mama's and Grandma's kitchens, but as always, there are some variations that have appeared in this fruit salad over the years. Some adding additional cups of various ingredients, some even changing up the fruit, but I think this version represents the old, basic 5 cup salad.

The beauty of it, is that it's so easy - just dump, mix and refrigerate, no cooking required.  I've included a few variations with the recipe, at least the ones that I'm aware of. For those who don't care for the tartness of pure sour cream, a mixture of sour cream with whipped cream is what I personally prefer.

Another one of those not so photogenic foods, I wish I could convey the personality of this fruit salad with the camera, but I'm betting some of you already know it. I highly recommend a pretty garnish of chopped pecans, a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top as shown above!

Here's how to make it.

Recipe: Old Fashioned Five Cup Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 cup (11 ounce can) of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup of (8 ounce can) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup of sour cream

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Serves about 6, so increase as needed. Garnish individual servings with a sprinkle of pecans, a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, if desired.

Variations: If desired, substitute half sour cream with half whipped cream, or Cool Whip to reduce the tartness of the sour cream. Also can substitute a sweetened vanilla, or other flavored yogurt for the sour cream. Lower fat products are fine. For color, shake the coconut with a little food coloring before adding, to make it more seasonal in color; red for Christmas, pink for Easter, or green for St. Patrick's Day. To make it sweeter, stir in some powdered sugar.

6 Cup Salad: Add in 1/2 cup of chopped pecan.

7 Cup Salad: Add in one (8 ounce) container of thawed Cool Whip.

8 Cup Salad: Add in one small jar of well drained maraschino cherries, halved.


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  1. Yummy salad, is that an old style of cooking way of salad?

  2. Hi Elpi! No, just a very old recipe for a fruit salad that has been around for a long time!

    1. My mother made this salad every year at Christmas. My sister and I try to carry on with it. Just love it.

  3. Yummy and sou nds interesting

  4. Hi Mary!!!This fruit salad seems to be very good...thaks as always for recipes!!Ciao Flavia

  5. My Grammy makes this at Thanksgiving every year and I have always loved it. I am not sure she uses the Cool Whip to cut down on the tartness, but I may try it for my little boy.

    Love your blog! Thanks for all of the great recipes!

  6. This is a Thanksgiving and Christmas must have. I make this every year for both holidays. I add in 1 cup of chopped pecans and 1 cup of maraschino cherries, drained making it a 7 cup salad. Sooooooo gooood!!

  7. I've made something similar to this with cool whip. Yummy stuff.

  8. Great tasting salad, a tradition.
    This was my family's quarrel every year when I was growing up. We didn't have the one about the dressing/stuffing. My Sister would fix this, my SIL would fix one similar with chopped apples, grapes, bananas, "had to be cut into four pieces" big marshmallows and pecans with whipped cream. And honey, you better have both on your plate when they checked it out cuz mm, mm, mmmmmmm otherwise somebody's feelers got hurt. I'll do the southern gal speak now....bless their hearts!!! XXOO The Olde Bagg

  9. We always make a variation of this. Sometimes with chunky fruit cocktail added. Always with pecans. I usually add a little powdered sugar, too. If I didn't make it my husband would pout.

  10. Yes-siree I remember this one. Haven't had it in years and it's really good.

  11. Oh I remember this yummy! There was something about the texture I always loved :)

  12. This salad is great, it has many names one name in my neck of the woods is Hawaiian Salad, and sometimes it is made with Vanilla yogurt. It is great for the holidays and always a hit at pot lucks and Church functions. Thanks for sharing, with the name 5 cup that makes it easy to remember the ingredients. Love you and your blog

  13. Love it! We called it "Heaven" in our family!

  14. This is my all time favorite fruit salad recipe..I love the combination of the fruits and touch of coconut adds a nice flavor..

  15. Oh my, oh my ... GOTTA make this. This reminds me of Waldforf Salad, sorta without the nuts but I guess you could add em for something different. Looks delish Mary. Ya know it's going on my menu board : )

  16. I love this salad. I make a similar one but I add some Marshmallow Creme to the sour cream to sweeten it. It has a wonderful flavor.

  17. This was a holiday staple in my south Texas home. I do not care for coconut so my mother would take out a serving for me prior to adding the coconut. Thirty-two years later I still make it, adding a cup of chopped pecans in place of the coconut. It's lovingly called "Jack's Ovary Salad", due to a miscommunitcation when he, my son, was a youngster (he's now 28)...something about marshmallows and ovaries! It'll be on our Thanksgiving table this Thursday!

  18. Maybe it's been around 20 years ago since I've had this salad. I forgot all about it Mary. I will be making this. It's so good. Thank you for bringing back to mind some of the childhood memories.

    I Love You, Great Gramdma

    I Love You, LaLa (Grandma)

  19. This is SO yummy!!! I added in the cool whip and made it a "6 cup salad."

  20. Thanks Val! Bet this will become a holiday tradition now!!

  21. Hi Mary - I have a question. In the section of the recipe called Variations, there is a line which reads..."For color, consider adding well drained" - - I am wondering, Well drained what? LOL
    Just curious is all. I can come up with a few ideas of my own, but I was wondering what YOU used is all.
    This recipe digs up a long forgotten memory of a salad that Mother made. I don't know how I never made it as I learned to cook and bake at her side!

  22. MamaCat it's maraschino cherries - I actually moved that down to the 8 cup but missed that in that note. Thanks!

  23. Cheryl in CharlotteNovember 22, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    I am sooo happy to find this recipe. My mom used to make it for special occasions, like Thanksgiving, Christmas,Easter, bridge club, and Sunday School Class meetings at our house. It is the BOMB to complete your table. Cool, sweet/tart,creamy,crunchy. What more can you ask of one salad?
    Thanks again! I'll be back!

  24. Hi Cheryl and welcome! You are right - this is such a great classic & seems to be well loved by many. Guess that's why it's still hanging around. Enjoy & have a Happy Thanksgiving - hope to see you again soon!

  25. Thanks Mary! I kinda thought that's what it was, but just wanted to make sure. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.

  26. You're welcome & sorry about that. Sometimes I need an editor LOL!! Thanks. We're having a wonderful holiday weekend & eating far too much as always. Hope yours has been nice too MamaCat!!

  27. Growing up. when my mom was hosting a family gathering, she always made a variation of this using red and green seedless grapes halved, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, coconut, and whipped cream subtly sweetened with powdered sugar. She would pack it into the cans the pineapple and oranges came in and freeze it. To serve she would place a beautiful leaf of red lettuce on each plate and slice the frozen salad into rings about an inch thick. It was so light, the flavors so bright and a wonderful contrast to all the hot salty foods

  28. I just found your site and this recipe that has been in my family for years and years.. we just had it for Thanksgiving and I am sure it will again be on the table for Christmas.. Happy holidays to all.. or ya'll

  29. I am so grateful for this wonderful recipe. My Kentucky grandmother made this when I was a girl and I always wanted to know how. Now I do and my family was delighted with it!
    God's blessings!

  30. Found you today! I'll be back!


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