Filipino-Style Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad is the ever present dessert in all special occasions we Filipinos celebrate, whether we are in the Philippines or in another part of the world; be it a birthday party, wedding, fiestas, baptismal party, or Christmas our ‘national dessert’ would definitely be present! I’m quite sure we had it in my graduation party in high school and university. I bet that’s the same with you. I also bet you have tried to make it yourself or you have your own recipe and favourite fruit that you add.
I love Fruit Salad because it’s a very adaptive dessert; the fruits added in it vary in each country! Yes, as you might know we do not have the monopoly of making fruit salad, one can find these prepared and eaten in other countries too. But what makes our fruit salad different is the ingredients we throw into our salad. Today, I would like to share with you my own version of Fruit Salad.
In the Philippines, canned fruit cocktails are a must when making Fruit Salad as well as easy-to-find fruits such as pineapple and apple. Nata de coco, (a jelly-like produce made from fermentation of coconut water), is also a common ingredient. They are then further sweetened with condensed milk and table cream, in my recipe I use Philadephia cream.
If you want a cool, filling and fresh merienda or snack for your family; or if you are hosting a party in your own home soon, try serving Filipino-style Fruit Salad.
Check out the recipe and let me know what you think!
- 2 cans fruit cocktail
- 1 can pineapple tidbits
- 1 can nestle cream
- 1 pack philadephia cream cheese
- 14 oz condensed milk
- 2 pcs apples, cubed
- 1 jar nata de coco, drained
Remove the juice from the fruit cocktail and pineapple tidbits. Make sure you drain them thoroughly!
Once drained, transfer fruits in a large bowl.
Add the nata de coco, and apples. Mix together until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Add the condensed milk and philadephia cream cheese and mix gently without crushing the softer ingredients.
Transfer it in a sealed container and put it in the fridge.
Serve it chilled and that’s it!
Enjoy Fruit Salad!
There’s a lot you can do to your Fruit Salad to enliven it further. You can add some of your favorite fruits or you can slice or grate some cheddar cheese and sprinkle it on top of the mixture before serving.
Until next time!