Happy 4th of July
We are home from our 3-week vacation ( teacher perk) and it’s back to reality for us. I thought to myself that I should’ve posted on something Disney related, or “What to do in Central Florida for 4th of July.” Should, woulda, coulda. The reality is that Nathan is working and my kids hate fireworks. So, lazy day at home for us! Plus, the Florida heat is in full swing and I wanted to make something light and refreshing this holiday.
This fruit salad is incredibly versatile and delicious. It uses a secret ingredient that makes it oh so yummy!
You can use whatever fruit you want. Really! It’s up to you! You can add grapes, kiwi…anything in season. Bananas are a nice touch…but only if you plan on eating the whole bowl in one sitting. Heartier fruits will have better longevity in the fridge. Jessie is partial to strawberries and blueberries…which I felt was also super patriotic for this week.
Just make sure you use at least one can of fruit ( eek…canned fruit). The juice is pretty important. I used pineapples. Peaches, oranges or fruit cocktail would work, too.
Now, things get complicated.
Cut up your fruit. Dump the canned fruit in with the fresh. Tricky, I know. (Not really, my 3 year old LOVED helping, because she could practically ” do it all herself.”) Now, the extra little something something…. instant vanilla pudding. My mom always did this to her fruit salad, and I can’t eat it any other way.
For a little tarter flavor, you could use instant lemon pudding After mixing, just put the bowl in the fridge to chill and serve when ready.
My kids devoured this! I love the sweet, dessert-like flavor the vanilla gives this fruit salad. The pudding mixes in with the juice from the canned fruit and just makes a delightful, refreshing treat that takes minutes to prepare!