Lemon Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

This lemon fruit salad with vanilla pudding is simple and tasty! Uses fresh fruit and canned fruit along with lemon zest for some freshness. Always a crowd pleaser!

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Lemon Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad in a glass bowl with blue and white checkered napkin in the background.

This recipe was photographed and updated 6/2023.

If you're looking for an easy fruit salad for your next gathering, give this one a try!

This glazed fruit salad is made with instant pudding, fresh and canned fruit and lemon zest. 

My stepmom served something like this years ago at a holiday brunch. I made a few tweaks and now this salad is one that everyone loves.

It's great for barbecues, picnics, parties, holidays and more. It's also good for school or work lunch and holds up in the lunchbox nicely.

This recipe is a crowd pleaser and family favorite!

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Recipe tips:

  • Be sure to drain the mandarin oranges or your pudding glaze will be too runny.

a spoonful of Lemon Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad.

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use lemon pudding instead of vanilla and lemon zest
  • use lime zest instead of lemon
  • use green grapes instead of red
  • use orange zest instead of lemon
  • add mini marshmallows
  • use chopped canned peaches instead of oranges
  • add diced apples

Lemon Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad in a glass bowl with lemon zest garnish.

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Lemon Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad in a glass bowl.
Yield 10 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
15 Min
Cook time
1 Hour
Total time
1 H & 15 M

Lemon Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad


  • 1 - 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks with juice
  • 1- 3.4 ounce box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 - 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups halved grapes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Additional lemon zest for garnish, optional


  1. In a large bowl, add the pineapple chunks with juice and vanilla pudding mix. Stir until pudding mix is combined with the pineapple.
  2. Add the drained mandarin oranges, strawberries, grapes and lemon zest. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for one hour prior to serving.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.

Nutrition Facts




0.3 g

Sat. Fat

0.03 g


33.08 g


3.2 g

Net carbs

29.78 g


27.21 g


1.22 g


141.66 mg


0 mg

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  1. Hi Sheena,
    What a great summertime dessert, it looks delicious!
    Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. So nice and refreshing during our barbecue season! Great dessert!

  3. How simple and wonderful to mix fruit with vanilla pudding. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  4. Sheena, This looks wonderful! I love fresh fruit as an alternative dessert in the summer. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful day :)



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