This is a simple, quick and delicious salad. It is perfect when you are in need of something quick for a potluck dinner. My family loves it and considers it dessert!! I remember that my mom used to always decorate the top of this salad. She would cut up the big marshmellows and make flowers and leaves. She would save a cherry for the middle of the center flower. It made for a great, easy presentation. Her's always looked better than mine, but I tried!!
Mom's Creamy Vanilla Fruit Salad
1- (4 serving) package french vanilla instant pudding
1 - 8 oz. carton whipped topping
1 can fruit cocktail
1 can mandarin oranges
2 cups mini- marshmellows
Mix pudding according to package directions. Drain fruit, add to puddding and fold in whipped topping. Chill.
*You can add pineapple or leave out the fruit cocktail if desired. It works best with canned fruit.