Nana’s Fruit Salad

Flip it!

Very true! I think many folks just simply forget how privileged they are. They may not think they are privileged but compared to others – they really are! We have to step back and realize that not everyone can afford a $15 bottle of Madagascar vanilla. But at the same time, we ALL deserve a little sweet dessert, right? I don’t even publish those judgy comments anymore.

It only hurts others who read this blog and once someone posts something negative, it becomes a “herd” mentality and everyone jumps on and agrees and it just gets worse. It’s like that on social media. Once you let one person get a negative word in – it all becomes too much. We keep it positive and nonjudgmental here. It’s the safe space on the internet – ha!


2 3oz packages cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 cup maraschino red cherries, quartered
1 can fruit cocktail (16 or 20 ounce size), drained
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows, about 24 marshmallows


Beat together the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Fold in whipped cream, cherries, drained fruit cocktail, and marshmallows. Pour into a 1-quart freezer container.(I use a metal ice cube tray insert removed). Garnish with additional maraschino cherries.
Freeze fruit salad until firm.
Just before plating cut into 1inch slices and place on individual lettuce leaves.


Add about 1/2 cup of toasted pecan or walnut halves to the fruit mixture.
Ambrosia Frozen Fruit Salad: Use 1 cup of drained mandarin orange slices, 1/2 cup flaked coconut, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, an 8-ounce can of pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup of maraschino cherries, and 1/4 cup of halved seedless grapes.
From a reader: Freeze the salad in a large empty juice can. Run hot water over the sides of the can, remove one end with a can opener, and it will slide out easily. The can also leave some nice slicing marks on the salad.
Substitute Miracle Whip Salad Dressing for the mayonnaise.
For a sweeter salad mixture, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
Use 2 cups of thawed whipped topping or prepared Dream Whip instead of freshly whipped cream.