Grandma's Five Cup Salad Recipe -
Grandma's Five Cup Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Grandma's Five Cup Salad

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"My Grandmother made this every year for Christmas when I was a kid."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, coconut, and sour cream. Stir till mixed well. Refrigerate till cold. Serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 13, 2006

I grew up eating this salad! A wonderful way to make it is to use vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream. It adds a bit of sweetness without overpowering it. (My mom said she has made it with pina colada yogurt and that was really good.) Whenever I make this to bring places, I leave out the coconut because there are many people who do not like coconut. They always rave on it and it's so simple to make :-).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 15, 2006

Made this with lite cool whip and added chopped pecans; just ok.

Mar 16, 2008

I have been making this recipe since I was first married 20 years ago! It is awesome just the way it is written. It's best if you make it a day ahead though. Make sure to drain the friut very well so there is no runny stuff in the bottom of the bowl.

Jul 18, 2003

Very simple recipe, but wonderful. My oma used to take the coconut and put a little food coloring on it to suit the seasons; green for St. Pattie's day, red for Christmas, pink for easter, etc. Thanks for sharing this. Gives the salad just a slight color which is pretty cool.

Mar 28, 2005

Wonderful! Fast and easy! The only thing I did different, I used half the amount of sour cream and used cool whip to replace it. Everyone loved it!

Jan 02, 2005

This was a refreshing side dish. I used pineapple chunks instead of crushed; I thought it was easier to eat this way. Might try using yogurt instead of sour cream next time.

Sep 12, 2005

I've always enjoyed this salad. I needed to take something to a church function and had everything except the mandarin oranges. I had a 10 oz jar of marachino cherries. I just drained them and added them to the mixture. It turned out great! This stuff is almost a dessert.

Mar 04, 2003

This reminds me so much of my Grandma and sleeping over at her house with my cousin. She always had these ingredients on hand for us because it's so easy for anyone to make. The only difference is that our recipe calls for 1 cup or 8 oz of each: 1 cup marshmallows, 1 cup coconut, 8 oz sour cream, 8 oz mandarin oranges, 8 oz crushed pineapple. Of course, I think the oranges & pineapple may just come in 11 oz cans, but we never cared since we both love pineapple & oranges.


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 50 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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