Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another Picnic Dish (Recipe: X-quisite Layered Fruit Salad)

I volunteered to do another dish for the Virtual Picnic, hosted by Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations. To refresh anyone's memory on the rules, each blogger chooses a letter and "brings" a dish that begins with that letter, also including all the dishes brought by the previous bloggers. Okay, here we go!

I'm going on a picnic, and I'm bringing...

A: Almond Joy Pie
By Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet

B: Baked Beans
By Grub and Stuff

C: Chocolate Picnic Cake
By Dying for Chocolate

By Sporadic Cook

E: Easy Blender Chicken Pie
By Simple Recipes

F: Five Bean Salad
By Moveable Feasts

By Fun Foods on a Budget

H: Herb and Cheese Pasta Salad
By Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

I: Incredibly Fruity Raspberry Cakes
By Raspberry and Chipotle

J: Jeweled Picnic Bars
By Rochelle's Vintage and Frugal Recipes

K: Kaltschale (Cold Fruit Soup)
By Kaffeeklatsch (German)

L: Long Island Lemonade Cocktail
By Culinary Types

M: Mushroom Tart
By Gherkins & Tomatoes

N: Nut Roast
By Green Gourmet Giraffe

O: Olive Nut Bread
By Chaya's Comfy Cook

P: Pomegranate Mousse Cake
By More Than a Mount Full

Q: Quiche
By Sweet and Savory

R: Raspberry Chocolate Macarons
By Anne's Food

S: Spicy Glazed Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs
By God's Perfect Promises

T: Turkey and Pear Wraps w/ Curried Aioli
By Girlichef

U: Unoriginal Whole Foods Salad Bar
By Mae's Food Blog

V: Vegetable Things of Spring Salad..Veal Shank with Risotto
..and Viennese Chocolate-Cherry Torte

By Postcards From The Dinner Table

W: White Caramel Popcorn
By One Crazy Cookie

My letter X: X-quisite Layered Fruit Salad (recipe below)
By Fun Foods on a Budget

I invented this exquisite salad tonight specifically for this picnic game! This recipe is partially based on my family's favorite fruit salad recipe, and utilizes the fruits I happened to have on hand. The layering is something I just thought of tonight, and adds a touch of elegance and beauty to the salad.

X-quisite Layered Fruit Salad
1 3.4-oz. box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 3/4 cup milk
1 12-oz. carton cool whip, divided
1 16-oz. carton cottage cheese
1 3-oz. box strawberry jello
2 cans fruit cocktail, well drained
4 large apples, chopped
1 lb. fresh strawberries

Whisk together pudding mix and milk for 1-2 minutes. Fold in half of cool whip. Chill while preparing other ingredients. Combine cottage cheese and remaining cool whip. Add jello.

Now it's time to layer. Pour drained fruit cocktail into large glass bowl (about 4 quart size, I think). Top with jello/cottage cheese mixture, then apples, then pudding mixture. Lastly, arrange strawberries on top. Cover and chill until serving.

I think the combination of a fruity jello-flavored sauce layer and a creamy pudding-flavored sauce layer really makes this salad pop. This can, of course, be customized with a variety of fruits and jello flavors. I just used what I had on hand, but I think it would be delicious with more fruits, like bananas, mandarin oranges, grapes, pomegranate seeds, fresh peaches, raspberries, etc. Plus, there's so much sauce in this salad that I think you could really get away with adding a larger amount of fruit (like mixing bananas with the apples before adding the pudding layer). Anyway, get creative! I know I will. :-)


~~louise~~ said...

A cloud of goodness just waiting to be shared...simply lovely Stephanie. And to think you whipped this up so no one would be missing a goodie from their basket. Thank you and your family for sharing. "See" ya at the picnic!!!

Megan said...

Sounds yummy! I love that cottage cheese jello salad, and I've never thought of trying it with pudding.

Sweet and Savory said...

This certainly is elegant and I am going to find you at the picnic so I make sure to get some. Love creamy foods.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting all the photos. I appreciate it so.

Sweet and Savory said...

My post disappeared. It was here, one minute and then gone. I will try again. If it shows up again, please delete.

I was commenting on the elegance of this dessert and my liking for creamy desserts. Thanks.

Marjie said...

This is a beautiful dessert! I commend you on the creative use of the letter X for Louise's marvelous cyber-picnic.

Janet Rudolph said...

Beautiful and yummy. I may add some blueberries and make it for Fourth of July!

Rochelle R. said...

That looks very creamy and good. It does seem like a very versatile recipe. I like the jello/cottagecheese/coolwhip stuff. It certainly looks nicer to put it on top of the fruit rather than mixing it in.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Stephanie, how can I ever thank you for bringing not one but two awesome dishes to the picnic? You did absolutely GREAT! It's been wonderful "playing" with you. I do hope you will join us again next year. Hopefully you won't need to bring two dishes, lol:)

Thank you again!!! A Safe & Happy Independence Day to you and yours:) Louise

Julie said...

A terrific picnic, indeed. Your fruit salad looks awesome :)

Johanna GGG said...

your fruit salad looks lovely and I love your creativity with the naming of it - all I could think for x was xanthum gum and that is never in the name of a dish

Elizabeth said...

These all look soooo good! I'm your newest follower!

Gone-ta-pott said...

I loved the look of the layered fruit salad. I'm going to try this recipe for sure. Now where did I put that glass bowl?

Healthy Recipes said...

Delicious desserts :) Ideal for picnics events !