Okay, no secrets or mystery here. The unbelievably delicious and unbelievably easy dressing for this fruit salad is—simply—a can of peach pie filling! Apricot pie filling works well too, but is harder to find. You do not have to add a single thing to it. It stands alone in its own fruity delectability, and combines well with any fruit. How easy does it get!
In the past, I taught in a small town Texas school district a little south of Dallas. There were many administrators in this school district who were avid fishermen, and they would carefully freeze their catches all year, and save them for this Annual Staff Fish Fry at the end of each school year.
The Superintendent, Principals, and Vice-Principals from each school, plus anyone else who wanted to join in, would prepare the Fish Fry for the teachers, counselors, librarians, secretaries, and school nurses.
The rest of us would all bring side dishes and desserts, and there would be tables and tables of bowls and platters of delicious food lined up end to end. It was a feast! It was a sight to behold, and we all looked forward to it at the end of each May, and I looked for promising recipes from all of these great cooks!
We would all then load up our plates, eat and visit, and if a particular dish stood out tastily, above the rest, then I, for one, would try to find out who made it so I could get the recipe. Well now, I took several bites of a fruit salad, and tried to figure out what made it so spectacularly delicious—I knew it was the dressing on it, and needed to know the secret recipe for it.
After asking around, I found the school nurse who had brought it, and she said it was just a can of Peach Pie Filling, and that you could put any fruit with it! I said, “You’ve got to be kidding! It is that simple?”
Its simplicity is its virtue.
If it is too sweet for you, just add a couple of drops of lemon juice, or buy a can of pie filling that is non-sugar sweetened. If you don’t like the size slices of the peaches in the syrup, then simply cut them in halves or thirds, done very easily with a pair of kitchen shears dipped into the can of pie filling and just snip away. If you want more of an emulsion, then pour the contents of the can into a blender, and puree them.
Another of its virtues is that one can goes a long, long way. You will be surprised at how many cups of fruit salad it will “dress”. And with the peaches being mixed in with other fruits, it ends up kind of a neutral color, which allows it to be used with fruit of any color (if you have a color theme going on, and if that is important to you). Oh, I must tell you too, that the peach flavor isn’t overly pronounced so it doesn’t scream “Peach!” when mixed with other fruits.
Friends, I am telling you, it is all good.
1-15 oz.can Peach Pie Filling, cut smaller is desired Try out our Peach Pie Fruit Salad dressing Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Peach Pie Fruit Salad Dressing
Fruits of your choice: Strawberries, Oranges, Grapes, Apples, Blueberries, etc.
1-15 oz.can Peach Pie Filling, cut smaller is desired
Try out our Peach Pie Fruit Salad dressing Recipe and post your results below in the comments…