Pasta Fruit Salad is sweet, creamy, and perfect for holidays and special occasions. It’s loaded with fruit cocktail, macaroni, and tropical palm nuts for a festive treat!
Pasta Fruit Salad is the follow-up recipe to chicken sisig in our 24 Days to Christmas recipe series. Since it’s an old recipe from 2013 that gets a lot of love during the holiday season, I thought I’d update it with new photos and push it back into the spotlight in time for Noche Buena.
If you’re looking for more holiday desserts, my buko pandan also got a bit of TLC and was revamped with new photos as well as a video to guide you through the simple process. I also have a couple of brand new sweet treats coming your way soon, so yay!
Christmas is just around the corner, and one dish that is almost always present in every Filipino’s holiday festivities is fruit salad. Traditionally, this Filipino-style dessert is made with fruit cocktails, sweet palm nuts, and sweetened cream, but a few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to adding macaroni to the mix.
When she offered me a serving, my first thought was, “what a way to ruin a good recipe,” but I took one spoonful and quickly swallowed my words.
The pasta cooked al dente does add a nice, chewy texture and marries well with the rest of the concoction. It’s also an inexpensive way to extend servings, especially when serving a large party.
This macaroni fruit salad recipe is creamy, tasty, and easily customizable. I like to use fruit cocktails, nata de coco, kaong, and cheese cubes to pull it together but feel free to add other canned fruits such as peaches and mandarin oranges or fresh fruits such as halved seedless grapes, diced apples, and sliced strawberries.
If you’d like to trim down the calories a bit, you can swap the all-purpose cream and condensed milk with this yogurt dressing for a healthier option.
- In a bowl, combine 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup honey, and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or pineapple juice.
- Whisk together until smooth and well-blended.
- Drizzle the dressing on pasta salad and gently toss to distribute.
How to serve and store
- Enjoy this pasta fruit salad recipe for your holiday gatherings and special occasions. It’s delicious for everyday sweet cravings, too!
- Refrigerate the salad for a few hours or overnight to completely chill. Serve cold. You can also freeze it if you prefer and icy consistency.
- For best texture, cook the macaroni about a minute shy of the package’s directions. You will need about 2 cups cooked.
- The kaong and nata de coco are usually packed in heavy syrup so make sure to drain well.
- The salad will taste a little too sweet when just combined but the sweetness will mellow out once the mixture is chilled or frozen.