When I was small this was one of my favorite holiday treats that my grandmother used to make. She always had a few different desserts for us to choose from but I always loved this one the best! I think we all did. I used to beg her to make it more often and she would always say that “it wouldn’t be special if you ate it every time I saw you!” I didn’t care about the whole special thing. I believed this salad would be best prepared and eaten every time I saw her, if not every day. After a while I figured that she wasn’t going to budge. I knew my grandmother loved me because she tolerated being asked so many times. My dad, who used to admire how tough she was, knew too! Before I end up in tears from missing them both so much I will get back to the topic at hand. My Grandma’s Fruit Salad. I still can’t believe how simple it is to make. Really!
My Grandma’s Fruit Salad does not have to be made with specific amounts of anything. Use whatever your favorite fruits are, a little more or a little less will not matter! It can be made to feed an army or just one. As cheap or expensive as you want to make it. More or less calories. You get to make all of the decisions. Her technique is what is important. I am going to tell you exactly how she did it. Actually, if you would rather watch how she did it have a look at the video below.
My Grandma's Fruit Salad
- 1 cup apple, your favorite variety, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 cup pear, canned or fresh, drained or peeled, cored and diced
- 1 cup peaches, drained or peeled, cored and diced
- 1 cup banana, peeled, sliced
- 1 cup grapes, seeds removed or seedless, cut in half
- pineapple, drained, optional
- orange, peeled, diced, optional
- 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips, more or less to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream, 35 %, measurement is a rough estimate
- 1/4 cup mayonaise, measurement is a rough estimate
The proportion of fruits is up to you. You have the option of creating a fruit salad out of drained, canned fruit cocktail and pineapple to all fresh. All fruits work here. Use your favorites. Make sure to use only enough mayonaise to coat all of the fruit. Next, using a hand held mixer, whip your heavy cream until stiff peaks form, a few minutes on high. Slowly add to your fruit salad. Stir until all of the fruit is coated with whipping cream. Add as many chocolate chips as desired. Dump into a large enough serving bowl to hold all of your fruit salad or place in bowls for each individual serving. Garnish with extra chocolate chips and extra sliced grapes if desired.