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Creamy Fruit Medley with Cheesecake Twist

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup of thawed whipped topping
  • 3.4 ounces of instant cheesecake pudding mix (use the dry mix only, no need to prepare)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
  • 2 cups of sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup each of blueberries, raspberries, and halved grapes
  • 11 ounces of drained mandarin oranges
  • 1 large sliced banana (optional)

Instructions

  1. Begin by whipping the softened cream cheese in a large bowl until it achieves a smooth consistency.
  2. Introduce the dry cheesecake pudding mix, powdered sugar, and vanilla essence to the cream cheese. Whip until these ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Gradually fold in the whipped topping until the mixture is evenly blended.
  4. Delicately incorporate the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and mandarin oranges into the cream cheese blend. If you’re including bananas, this is the time to fold them in gently.
  5. Allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour before serving. This helps the flavors to fuse together. Stir gently before serving.

Tips & Variations

  • Feel free to customize the fruits based on seasonal availability or personal preference. Kiwi, pineapple, and mango are excellent additions or substitutes.
  • For a more textured version, consider folding in mini marshmallows or chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts.
  • To prevent your bananas from browning prematurely, toss them in a little lemon juice before adding them to the salad.
  • For an added touch of luxury, consider a caramel sauce drizzle on top before serving.
  • If you’re aiming to reduce the sugar content, opt for a sugar-free pudding mix and substitute the powdered sugar with a natural sweetener.

Remember, patience is key! Allowing it to chill enhances the flavors. This dish is sure to bring joy to your table. It’s a dessert, it’s a fruit medley, it’s a salad – it’s a delightful combination of all things delicious!

Enjoy!

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