Easy Marshmallow Fruit Salad with Cool Whip is light, fluffy and on the menu for every holiday. Kids can make this simple 3 ingredient recipe!
I’m sharing some of our favorite holiday dishes, and this easy Marshmallow Fruit Salad with Cool Whip and fruit cocktail will definitely be on the menu. The kids say it wouldn’t be a holiday dinner without it!
I started making this salad when my oldest baby was little because she used to be an uber picky eater. So, it gave her something to enjoy at family gatherings.
Even today, she still prefers this fruit cocktail salad over potato salad or ambrosia. So do the other kids! Since this is about the easiest side salad ever, I leave the preparation up to the kiddos! They will happily walk you through the recipe and give you expert tips.
How to Make Marshmallow Fruit Salad
First, drain the fruit, and pour it into a large bowl. Then, fold in the whipped topping, using a spatula.
Make sure it doesn’t get all over the outside of the bowl. By the way, make sure the Cool Whip is thawed!
Next, add the mini marshmallows. Stir until all of the ingredients are mixed well.
Try not to eat too many marshmallows while you make this. And, avoid throwing them at your assistant!
Smooth the whipped topping so that it’s even. You can add more marshmallows and some colored sugar sprinkles over the top so that it looks nice and pretty.
Don’t forget to share some of this fruit salad with your assistant. And, always leave some for your family and guests!
For Christmas, we add red or green colored sugar. For Easter, we add pastel colors.
Isn’t this the easiest 3 ingredient side salad ever?! I like to think that since it contains fruit, it’s on the healthy side. Of course, Summer Fruit Salad and Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Salad are healthier!
We serve this simple side dish at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and the Fourth of July. It’s also very popular at potlucks, along with Strawberry Jello Salad, Orange Jello Salad, Lime Jello Salad and Pistachio Salad.
You can store marshmallow fruit salad in a covered container in the fridge. It keeps well for about 2 days before it starts to get soggy. But around here, leftovers don’t last long!
A special thank you to my little assistants for helping out today!
Marshmallow Fruit Salad
- 2 15-oz cans mixed fruit cocktail drained
- 1 8-ounce container of Cool Whip whipped topping
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- Add the drained fruit to a large mixing bowl
- Stir in the whipped topping or whipped cream
- Fold in the marshmallows, and smooth top of salad with spatula. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve
Recipe was published in 2015 and updated in 2020.
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