While I’m facing current challenges in my life as a result of a bad encounter with a horse (you can read more about that by clicking here), Mama has photographed up a few recipes for me to share with you. As you can see by the name of this recipe, Whoa Horsey Salad, she and I have the same sense of humor. Look for more horse themed titles in the near future from her and I fully expect some fun horse themed gifts under the Christmas tree this year!
There are several things I love about Whoa Horsey Salad. First of all, it tastes rich and sweet, but we actually make it with low sugar ingredients. However, you can go full sugar if you like. It is very much like a watergate salad, but with juicy bits of mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries, I like it a little better. 🙂
The main thing I love about this recipe right now, though, is that Mama brought me some of it when it was done 🙂
You’ll need: Crushed Pineapple in juice, Pineapple Tidbits in juice, mandarin oranges, 10-12 Maraschino cherries, small box sugar free instant pudding, 8 ounces cool whip*, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional).
*A big container of cool whip is pictured but you only need the small one. Feel free to buy generic to save a little money.
Drain your fruit juices from the cans into a large bowl.
Add your pudding mix and whisk it up a bit until it is smooth.
Chop up your mandarin oranges and cherries a bit.
Mama drained her cherries some, to keep the salad from turning stark pink, but whether or not that is an important step to you is totally up to you.
It’s gonna taste awfully good either way!
Dump all of your fruit into the pudding mixture and stir that up really good.
Add in your cool whip and stir really well until well incorporated.
Mama didn’t take a picture of it after it was stirred up good but hey, she works for free and fed me to boot, so I’m not about to look a gift horse in the mouth.
(heehee, get it? horse reference. I kill me 🙂 and I’m sure glad that horse didn’t!) Now, let’s east some Whoa Horsey Salad!
Cover and refrigerate several hours before serving.
- 8 oz can crushed pineapple undrained
- 8 oz can pineapple tidbits undrained
- 11 oz can mandarin oranges undrained
- 10-12 maraschino cherries
- Small box instant vanilla pudding I use Sugar Free
- 8 oz Cool Whip
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
- Drain juice from pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges into mixing bowl. Whisk in pudding mix until smooth.
- Cut mandarin oranges in half and chop maraschino cherries.
- Add all fruit and nuts to pudding mixture and stir gently to combine.
- Fold in Cool Whip.
- Refrigerate several hours before serving.
Note: I used fruits packed in 100% juice and sugar free pudding mix. Regular pudding mix and fruit packed in syrup can be substituted.
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