Cherry Ambrosia Fruit Salad
You can use packaged or homemade vanilla pudding for this sweet recipe, as long as it's prepared pudding and not just dry pudding mix.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 8
1 (6-ounce) can maraschino cherries, without stems
¾ cup vanilla pudding
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup bananas, sliced
½ cup Pink Lady apple, peeled and diced
½ cup peach, diced
¾ cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
¼ cup whipped cream
Drain the syrup from the cherries into a large mixing bowl. Set cherries aside. Stir vanilla pudding into the bowl. Mix well.
Add strawberries, bananas, apple, peach, and fresh cherries to the bowl. Stir gently to mix.
Add drained cherries to the bowl. Gently fold the cherries into the salad. Garnish salad with whipped cream and serve.
What Makes a Cherry Maraschino?
Maraschino cherries were traditionally Italian black cherries preserved in maraschino liqueur. These days, the treat is made with pitted cherries, usually Queen Anne cherries, soaked in sugary syrup. Red maraschino cherries usually have almond flavor added to the syrup and green maraschino cherries usually have mint flavor added.