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Twenty Four Hour Fruit Salad

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"This is a fruit salad with a cooked dressing."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
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    20 mins

    1 day 20 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg, lemon juice, butter, sugar and 1 tablespoon of the reserved pineapple juice over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture becomes thick. Whisk in poppy seeds. Remove from heat and chill.
  2. Once dressing is cold, fold in whipped cream, pineapple, orange segments, fruit cocktail and marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours. Just before serving, mix in the banana.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 11, 2007

I don't know what I did right (or wrong!), but I'm pretty sure I followed the directions and it came out way better than the other reviewers say. I brought it to a bbq and EVERYONE loved it - kids, adults, my picky husband, and me. My husband just asked me the other day if I would make it again just for him.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 29, 2003

I was extremely disappointed in this recipe. I served it for Christmas dinner and only one child liked it. I ended up throwing most of it away. I think that if I'd stopped after tossing the fruit into the cooked dressing, it would've been fine. However, the whipped cream made it way too creamy. If you use marshmallows, I would advise cutting the amount in half at least. The whipped cream and the marshmallows totally overpowered the fruit. I will try it again, just using the cooked dressing and tossing in the fruit.

Jan 05, 2006

This was not a big hit with my family. They did not care for the Poppy seeds

Nov 04, 2008

Thank you, Tami for submitting this. I left my family recipe at home so I checked here - I'm sure that there are other names for it but I've always known it as 24 Hour Salad. However, mine is a bit different, I melt the marshmallows in the egg mix because it helps thicken the salad overall and many people are not fond of the texture of marshmallows. I added a bit more than it calls for as I go by taste. No poppy seeds in mine! I also used a bit more whipping cream as well (maybe a quarter cup extra). Be extra careful when folding in the whipped cream to the rest of it or it can become sloppy. This is a hit every time.

Aug 14, 2006

With the recommendations listed above, this turned out to be delicious. I skimped a little on the whipped cream and marshmellows. I did not add the poppy seeds and I forgot the bananas too (although that was a mistake). The marshmellows got nice and and plump. I have learned with other marshmellow salads that cheaper store brand marshmellows don't plump up; gotta get name brand for this salad. I will make it again.

Apr 16, 2008

This fruit salad has been a holiday staple in my family ever since I can remember. It's wonderful! The only reason I did not give it five stars is that I do remember not liking it as a child. (Although my child absolutely loves it!) As an adult,however, I adore it! I will say that you must love creamy desserts to enjoy it, but apparently that's not a problem for our family!

Dec 15, 2009

My family has used this as a holiday dish for years. We don't use poppyseeds, but feel free to use all fresh fruit and add the banana with the rest of the fruit.

Dec 02, 2014

I was so happy to find a recipe very close to the "24 hour salad" my mom and grandmother made for every holiday when I was growing up. It's kinda like a little dessert on your dinner plate. :) I had their recipe at one time, but lost it, sadly. Don't add poppy seeds -- they don't fit this salad. Do be careful when folding in the whipped cream and fruit - just FOLD in slowly., and make sure whatever canned fruit you're adding is very well drained, otherwise it will get soupy. Add the sliced bananas (needs 2 bananas) right before serving per the instructions, so they stay firm.


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  • Calories
  • 251 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 10.4 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 52 mg
  • 2%

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

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