Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Colada Fruit Salad is simple, easy and deeeeelicious boasting your favorite flavorings of pina coladas – sans alcohol – but is every bit as intoxicatingly delicious.

Pina Colada Fruit Salad is bursting with pineapple, sweetened coconut, strawberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries and bananas enveloped in a pineapple coconut glaze that’s lusciously creamy, sweet and tangy and unbelievably delicious. The fruit in this Pina Colada is completely customizable (except the pineapple) and can be prepped ahead of time for an easy side for every special occasion, potluck or lunch craving.

top view of easy Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

Easter is just a day away so with n0 further ado, I am excited to bring you the second recipe from my IG reader poll – Pina Colada Fruit Salad!  This wonderfully fresh and utterly satisfying Pina Colada Fruit Salad tastes like the tropics in easy, fruit salad form and is making me giddy for summer potlucks and sandal weather.  But while we’re waiting for sandal weather, we can indulge in this Pina Colada Fruit Salad.

side view of best Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

As it it’s name implies this Pina Colada Salad is inspired by the refreshing drink – without alcohol – and boasts the same refreshingly delicious sweet pineapple, nutty coconut flavors to satisfy every pina colada lover’s sweet tooth.  The silky, drinkable delicious coconut pineapple glaze is made with just two ingredients, then all that’s left to do is chop your fruit and EAT!

far away top shot of best Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

Can I use Different fruit in this Pina Colada Fruit Salad?

Absolutely!  You can choose any of your favorite fruits to make the Pina Colada Fruit Salad but the pineapple is non-negotiable 😊  We are aiming for approximately 10 cups of fruit, but you can certainly use less and then add less pina-colada mixture to taste.  This Pina Colada Fruit salad would also be delicious with grapes, kiwis, peaches, nectarines, mangos etc.

What oranges should I use?

Most fruit salad recipes call for mandarin oranges but this name can be confusing. If you go to your grocery store looking for “mandarin oranges” you will likely come up empty handed.  Mandarin oranges are a class of orange of which contains both tangerines and clementines.  We want clementines in our Pina Colada fruit salad as they are seedless and super easy to peel.

up close top shot of best Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

Can I use Canned Mandarin Oranges?

I don’t recommend canned mandarin oranges because they tend to fall apart easily when tossed. If you loooove them though, then feel free to use them.  I would suggest refrigerating your canned mandarin oranges first so they tasted refreshingly chilled.

showing how to make pina colada fruit salad by pouring pineapple coconut glaze on pineapple with cream of coconut and pineapple juice

How many people does this Pina Colada Fruit Salad Serve?

This Pina Colada Fruit Salad makes approximately 10 cups.  This enough for 10 people to have a one cup serving if you are serving the salad with a lot of other sides.  I loooove this salad, however, and could easily eat 3x that for my serving, so just take into account how much you think everyone will eat and what else you are serving with it.

WHAT IS CREAM OF COCONUT?

This tangy, tropical Pina Colada Fruit Salad is tossed with a two-ingredient simple mixture of cream of coconut and pineapple juice – it makes this salad.  If you aren’t familiar with cream of coconut, prepare yourself to be obsessed. After I used cream of coconut in my Coconut Cake, I knew it would be increeeeeedible in this Pina Colada Fruit Salad because it’s thick and creamy, boasts an intense sweet coconut flavor, and is lusciously smooth.

Cream of Coconut is not to be confused with coconut cream that you find risen to the top of a can of coconut milk.  Cream of Coconut is most often used in mixed drinks and can be found near other drink mixers at your grocery store but does NOT contain alcohol.  If you have trouble locating it, just ask someone at the store as it is a very common ingredient.  There are both liquid and powered forms so just take care you get the liquid form.  I use Coco Real Cream of Coconut in the convenient squeezable form.  And if you are looking for more uses of it, try a little stirred into your race – AH-MAZING!

up close view of easy Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

How to Make Pina Colada Fruit Salad Ahead of Time

This Pina Colada Salad is fabulous prepared ahead of time.  To make, simply chop all of your fruit except for the bananas and add them to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Whisk your cream of coconut and pineapple juice in a separate bowl and refrigerate separately.  When ready to serve, drain any excess liquid from the fruit, add pina colada mixture and evenly toss with fruit.

best easy Pina Colada Fruit Salad in a glass with a spoon

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up close view of Pina Colada Fruit Salad in a glass with a spoon
top view of easy Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Colada Fruit Salad is simple, easy and crazy delicious boasting your favorite flavorings of pina coladas – sans alcohol – but is every bit as intoxicatingly delicious. The fruit is completely customizable (except the pineapple) and can be prepped ahead of time for an easy side for every special occasion (4th of July, Memorial Day), potluck or lunch craving.
Servings: 10 cups
Total Time: 15 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut NOT coconut cream*
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 ripe pineapple chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound strawberries hulled and sliced or quartered
  • 4 mandarin (clementine) oranges peeled and sectioned
  • 4 firm ripe bananas sliced
  • 9 oz. blueberries
  • 1 ½ cups green grapes (not pictured but a fabulous addition)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut more or less to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk the cream of coconut and pineapple juice together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • If serving immediately: Add all of the fruit to a large bowl. Add cream of coconut/pineapple mixture and coconut and toss to evenly combine.
  • If making ahead: Add all of the fruit to a large bowl EXCEPT bananas. Keep fruit bowl and cream of coconut mixture separate and cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Before serving, drain any excess liquid from the fruit then add bananas, coconut and cream of coconut mixture and toss to evenly combine.

Notes

*Cream of coconut is NOT coconut cream. It is sweetened coconut cream that is often used in mixed drinks but does not contain alcohol. You can find it with the mixers at your local grocery store. It is a very common ingredient so if you can’t find it then be sure to ask for some help.
**Feel free to customize the fruit with your favs!

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16 Comments

  1. Sue says

    Yum, it looks like a great recipe for summer.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Sue! Summer in a bowl!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome, enjoy!

  2. Melissa Howell says

    I’ve got a can of Cream of Coconut that has been hanging out in my pantry forever, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to be used. I think this is it! This salad is totally calling my name!

    • Jen says

      Awesome! I am excited for you to try it – I think you’ll absolutely love it!

  3. Candace says

    I made this fruit salad for Easter and it was so so easy and So yummy! Everyone loved it!

    • Jen says

      YAY! Thank you so much Candace! Happy Belated Easter!

  4. laura says

    I made this for Mother’s Day brunch following your suggestions for making ahead. ( keep those great tips coming! ) The dressing and coconut take a regular fruit salad to new heights in the universe. SO GOOD !!! The fruit bowl was the first thing emptied and every family asked for the recipe. I don’t know how you think of all of these creative ideas but my family sure hopes you don’t stop.

    • Jen says

      YAY! Thank you so much for your awesome comment Laura, I am thrilled your family is enjoying my recipes and that this was such a hit! Happy belated Mother’s Day!

  5. Jessica Anderson says

    Thank you so much for the best fruit salad I’ve ever had! This is heavenly!

    • Jen says

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you loved this fruit salad – you have great taste ;)! thanks Jessica!

  6. Chalsea says

    Do you recommend making the night before or fresh that morning?

    • Jen says

      Fresh that morning is best but you can still prep ahead. To make ahead, I suggest chopping all of your fruit except for the bananas and adding them to a large bowl. Whisk your cream of coconut and pineapple juice in a separate bowl and refrigerate separately. When ready to serve, drain any excess liquid from the fruit, add pina colada mixture and evenly toss with fruit.

  7. Jessi A Christianson says

    You never fail to have just the thing I vaguely knew I was looking for, ha ha. We were tired of just plain fruit salad and I spotted this on your site and it was a huge hit. I left out the shredded coconut, just because of picky little kids. A double recipe of fruit was devoured this afternoon, along with a huge Sunday dinner. Thank you for all the work you have done over the years that have helped me provide so much tasty food for so many hungry people….. the internet has helped you share your talents far and wide. And been a blessing to me.

    • Jen says

      Thank you for making my day Jessi! I can tell you have great taste because this fruit salad is a favorite at our house! I’m honored you are loving my recipes and have been making them for years!

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