Fabulous Filipino Fruit Salad Recipe

by Elaine on July 18, 2008 · 8 comments

in HowTo,Recipes

Filipino Fruit Salad is a creamy, tasty dessert made with many different kinds of canned and preserved fruits. It is a staple at many Filipino gatherings. People love the way I prepare it and often ask me for the recipe.

Here’s how I make my fruit salad:

Ingredients:
1 – 10 oz jar maraschino cherries without stems
3 – 30 oz cans fruit cocktail (or 1 – #10 can)
1 – 20 oz can pineapple chunks
1 – 15 oz can mandarin orange segments
1/2 – 12 oz jar coconut sport (aka macapuno)*
1/2 – 12 oz jar sugar palm fruit (aka kaong)*
1/2 – 12 oz jar pineapple gel (aka nata de pina) and/or coconut gel (aka nata de coco)*
1 – 8 oz pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 – 12 oz jar or can of jackfruit (aka langka) in syrup*
*can be found in most Filipino or Asian grocery stores

Directions:

  1. Drain & rinse the cherries, drain all fruits except the jackfruit. Set aside.
  2. Blend the jackfruit and liquid in a food processor until smooth. Add the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, process until smooth.
  3. Transfer the jackfruit-dairy mixture into a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in the rest of the drained fruits. Mix until all the fruit is coated in the creamy, white mixture.
  4. Chill for several hours or overnight. Serve cold. Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

Variations:

  • For a sweeter fruit salad, use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk.
  • Neuchatel cheese (8 oz) or Nestle Table Cream (1 or 2 – 8 oz cans) may be substituted for the cream cheese for a reduced fat version
  • Amounts of fruits can be varied according to preferences and availability.
  • Fresh fruits such as diced apples, sliced bananas, or halved grapes may be added as well.

I hope you try this recipe and let me know how it turns out. I’d love to hear your additions or substitutions.

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1 Joy February 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I find it interesting that you use cream cheese & condensed milk. I think I will try that combination next time I make this fruit salad. I’ve always either used the nestle cream/condensed milk combo OR nestle cream/marshmallows (placed in the blender).

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2 Elaine February 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I LOVE cream cheese! On bagels, in cucumber sandwiches, in chili cheese dip, mixed with salsa, etc. My kids both love it too!

We can only find Nestle Cream in the Filipino or Latino stores around here.

For a fruit salad, Neufchatel or “light” cream cheese or fat-free cream cheese work just as well!

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3 Annette May 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I HAVE A FILIPINO FRIEND THAT TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE THE FRUIT SALAD I BEEN MAKING IT MANY YEARS ITGREAT FOR PARTYS AND WONDERFUL ON CHRISTMAS THE COLORS MAKES YOU FEEL THAT SPECIAL HOLIDAY

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4 Laura Boughton May 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Sooooo yummy!!! can’t wait to try to make it on my own. My husband even loved it, and that’s saying a lot!!

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5 Pia September 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

Thanks for the wonderful comment you left on my blog : ) and thanks for the link for the recipe! : )

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6 Elaine September 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Thank YOU for linking up, Pia! Your scrapbook site is SO cute. I love the idea of including your son’s handwriting with his photos. I hope to do that with both of my kids soon!

Now I have a taste for Filipino Fruit Salad! :)

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7 jacintha sellem October 10, 2010 at 5:26 am

I had a Filipina friend and she made the fruit salad for her grand mother’s 70th birthday and asked to help her.I watched her and I’ve made it ever since…..

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