|Grandma's Fruit Salad|
This is another one of those recipes that I must have on a holiday for it to really be special- my Grandma Ethel's fruit salad. This salad in not hard to make and it is the perfect sweet accompaniment to any dinner. We always ate it as a side dish not dessert. It allows for a little bit of sweetness in an otherwise savory meal. As a child, this was the special dish that I waited for on special occasions and one of the main reasons was it's "cherry factor." I told you I love cherries. My Grandma always knew this and would add just a few extra (a whole jar) for my sister and me.
One of the special memories that I have of my Grandma Ethel was the numerous family dinners that she had for holidays. At her house,she had this huge dining table stuck in this little room. There would be 12 or more people around the table, but once everyone got seated no one could get up or out of the room. We were in there tight. My sister and I would have special seats; one on either side of Grandma. Everyone would sit, eat and talk; passing the dishes along, person to person, family style. Once everyone got their share, the fruit salad would always end up back in front of my Grandma. She would then proceed to pick cherries out of the remaining salad and give them to my sister and me. Our parents would give us a disapproving look and protest mildly but Grandma always won and so did we!
Grandma's Fruit Salad2- 11oz cans of mandarin oranges, drained well
1- 20 oz can of pineapple chunks, drained well
2 jars maraschino cherries
2 medium bananas cut into chunks
1/2 of a bag of mini marshmallows
4 oz sour cream
Drain all fruits and mix together in a large bowl. Cut bananas into chunks. Add them to fruit mixture. In order to not crush the fruit, gently stir in 1/2 of a bag of mini marshmallows. Mix in 4 oz of sour cream until all ingredients are incorporated. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Enjoy!
* Due to the bananas, this does not keep well for long periods of time. I like to make mine shortly before serving.