Fruit Salad Louise


Here’s another one-bowl prep, mix, store, and serve recipe. Recently I got a taste for a refreshing fruit salad. My mother-in-law started out all her holiday meals with this, and to this day I enjoy her creation. It’s sweet and tasty with no added sugar required. So here it is for you to enjoy on a warm day begging for refreshment. Try it, and let us know what you think!


  • 1 10-oz jar of Maraschino Cherries. Cut cherries in half. Reserve the liquid.
  • 3 Bananas, sliced.
  • 1 20-oz can Pineapple Chunks in its own juice. Reserve half the juice, drink the rest!
  • 2 Apples cut into chunks (I leave skins on).
  • 2 cups Seedless Grapes. Cut them in half.
  • 4 Mandarin (or Clementine) Oranges (small seedless). Peel and separate the pieces.


  • Add all ingredients to a big bowl with a tight cover. (My Rubbermaid bowl measures 12 cups.)
  • Add the cherry liquid and pineapple juice.
  • Cover tightly and gently roll the bowl on the counter and turn over to mix.
  • Chill overnight in refrigerator.
  • Serve.  Makes about 9-10 cups.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!