To make mandarin orange fruit salad, drain an 11-ounce can of mandarin oranges, a 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks and a 10-ounce jar of maraschino cherries. Mix the fruit with a cup of mini marshmallows, a cup of flaked coconut and a cup of sour cream, then chill several hours.
Make this recipe sweeter by adding powdered sugar or substituting a non-dairy whipped topping for the sour cream. Other possible additions include a cup of seedless grapes cut in half and another cup of mini marshmallows. A similar version of this recipe is the five-cup fruit salad, which omits the maraschino cherries. Substitute sweetened yogurt for the sour cream and add chopped pecans, if you wish. Some people call these types of fruit salads ambrosia, but some cooks have recipes for ambrosia that include heavy cream, clementine oranges, fruit cocktail, cinnamon, or walnuts.
Another recipe for mandarin orange fruit salad uses pudding mix and bananas. Pour the juices from a can of pineapple chunks and a can of mandarin oranges into a large saucepan. Add vanilla pudding mix and stir for 5 to ten minutes until thickened and bubbly. Pour this mixture over the oranges and pineapple and chill for several hours. Add the bananas just before serving.