Recipe by Joy
"My boss gave me this recipe and it is fantastic. Don't be afraid of the combination of fruit and pasta! This makes a great side dish for a potluck or picnic."
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1 (16 ounce) package
Rosa Marina (orzo) pasta
2 (15 ounce) cans
mandarin oranges, drained and juice reserved
1 (16 ounce) can
pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved
1 (16 ounce) can
crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved
1 (4 ounce) jar
maraschino cherries, drained and halved
1 (16 ounce) container
whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®)
This is delicious! Been making this for many years. I got the same recipe from a neighbor. I will never change the ingredients. It's fine the way it is!
Some add about 1/2 bag mini-marshmallows (The colored kind are fun), but that would add more "sweet" and as they get soggy, even more of a texture difficulty for some to handle. Most people that don't like this can't get past the texture. It is VERY Light and fluffy believe it or not.
My brother LOVES this stuff. I made it more out of sentimentality than anything for Easter this year. It went over poorly with my husband's family. Anyone with "texture" issues is going to have a hard time with this. Flavor is sweet enough. But there are enough sugar carbs that even the diet conscious avoid it, even though it is very light. I'll be eating this for days! Trying to think if it would be worth it to air ship leftovers to my brother.
If you know what ROSA MARINA is and are looking for a recipe for it... THIS IS IT. Have at it if you dare! It makes a lot! I mean ALOT! Don't say we didn't warn you. ;-)
I love this fruit salad made just the way the recipe says. I think it would also make a very good dessert since it is sweet and light. More kinds of fruit could be added also, but it is so good just the way it is.
I liked this very much, but did cut it down to a smaller scale. After cooking orzo, I put cooked orzo in a bowl and added juice to orzo without heating and allowed the juice to absorb into orzo, stirring occasionally. Once juice was absorbed into orzo, I put the bowl of orzo into the refrigerator for about an hour. After given time to cool, I added fruit in recipe (1 can of pineapple tidbits, 1 can mandarin oranges, and maraschino cherries) to bowl I also added some coconut flakes and crushed pecans. Then I mixed in cool whip, until well blended. Ihe salad isn't thick but it's lightly sweet and very enjoyable.
Very good,but...The amount the recipe makes is HUGE! If you want an amount for a one time dinner, try to scale it down. We had a ton leftover.
Perfect summer dish!
I did not care for this recipe.
Have been making this for years, it does make a large amount! I usually cut it in half for just family!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Rosa Marina Fruit Salad
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 47
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