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Auntie Em’s Really Complicated Recipe for Fruit Salad

GOTCHA! This is actually the easiest one you’ll find, but it’s my favorite!

Start with cans (or home canned if you have them) of pineapple (chunked or crushed), peaches, pears, and mandarin oranges, a jar of maraschino cherries, and an apple. I like to use fruit in juice only (except the cherries!), but you can use whatever kind you like.

Open and drain all the cans. Cut the peaches and pears into bite-sized pieces. I sometimes do this in the strainer while they are draining, or right in the can. slicing peaches slicing pearsDump them in a large bowl. fruit salad

Spoon some cherries in. Add some more! If your kids are like mine were, they fight over the cherries.  For heaven’s sake, don’t drain THIS juice! You can actually pour a little in the salad, to give it a pink rosy color and extra sweet taste. fruit salad more cherries

Wash, then chop the apple. I like to leave the peel for a bit more color. Here’s how I do it. Quarter the apple.

apple quartered

Turn the quarter at an angle and cut off the core. cut core from apple

Slice each quarter lengthwise into 3 pieces. Cut these slices crossways into 4 pieces, for a total of 12 bites per quarter.

chopped apple

Then dump the apple in.

Stir it all up! If you have a while for it to marinate, put it in a ziplock bag, and turn it occasionally so the juices will soak up. Serve it in a pretty bowl.

fruit salad

You can add chopped pecans, Cool Whip (I usually use real whipped cream but somehow that doesn’t seem good for this), coconut, a honey-lime dressing, or anything else extra that sounds good to you– or leave it just like this!

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