Mystery Salad Recipe -
Mystery Salad Recipe
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Mystery Salad

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"Pineapple, mandarin oranges, bananas, and lemon pudding blend together in this refreshing fruit salad."

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Original recipe makes 6 Servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Drain the juice from the pineapple and mandarin orange segments into a serving bowl. Whisk in the instant pudding until smooth. Stir in pineapple chunks, orange segments, banana and miniature marshmallows. Mix in pecans if using. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 26, 2008

Very tasty! I did use sugar free vanilla pudding instead. Fresh and tropical.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 11, 2004

This recipe sounded good but it wasn't. The combination of the pineapple, oranges and their juices along with the lemon pudding produced a bitter acidic tang on your tongue. I was disappointed because it sounded like a very fresh combo. Everyone in my family said the same thing. I'm glad I tried it out before I took along to Thanksgiving at my mother-in-laws!


11 Ratings

Sep 02, 2007

I was sceptical after reading some of the reviews. However, I prepared this but omitted the nuts and I used the pineapple chunks that are in their own juice (no sugar added). My family really liked it. My husband did request that I add more bananas in the future.

Dec 11, 2003

What a mystery! Tried this recipe out on my beach buddies, total consensus was, what is this missing? too sweet, all you can taste is the lemon pudding. Adding whip cream might help.

Apr 29, 2012

I had no lemon pudding mix and from the sound of the reviews, I'm glad i didn't. instead I used sugar free cheesecake pudding mix, some grated lemon zest and the juice of 1 lemon, alomg with just the pineapple juice from pineapple tidbits. My family liked the flavor but thought it was too loose. I agree with another reviewer that it would be better with Cool Whip or whip cream folded into it. All in all it was good and a change from my usual fruit salad.

May 05, 2007

I prepared the pudding mix with 1 cup milk and 1 cup whipped cream instead of the fruit juices to make a thicker salad. This is nicely sweet. Nuts add a good crunch.

Dec 21, 2006

This recipe is really good. When I make it I omit the nuts and use cheesecake flavored pudding. Makes a big difference.

Oct 10, 2007

This recipe is the same thing my mother used to make in the 70's during the Tang craze! The only differnce in the two is instead of the lemon pudding mix use 1/2 cup Tang was a childhood fav I had forgotten about.


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  • Calories
  • 247 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 221 mg
  • 9%

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

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