Today I am sharing this recipe for a delicious fruit salad. We call it Champagne Salad. For our family no Holiday celebration is complete without a dollop or two of this pretty and pink salad served in a special glass bowl.
The interesting news is that it doesn’t have one ounce of champagne in it, in fact it does not have one drop of alcohol in it! I suspect the recipe name comes from this salad’s appearance. So luscious and fluffy with a light blush tint, our entire family are believers in the magic and taste of this easy and pretty dessert salad and hopefully you will too if you choose to give it a try.
I first discovered this recipe way back when we lived in Spring Texas. At that time we just had the two oldest children and lived in a brand new community with towering pine trees. It was a darling neighborhood filled with lovely and sometimes interesting neighbors! I believe I was only in my twenties at the time when an “older,” and polished couple moved in next door. They sort of “mothered,” our family and we were invited to many get-togethers. It was Rita, the lady of the household, who shared this recipe with me. A pert, put-together woman with a sharp blonde haircut, precise movements and organization skills that would knock your socks off.
As Rita took me under her wing, she began instructing me in the art of hosting luncheons and sharing her recipes with me too. Her tutorials complemented the way my Mother had already shared her love of hosting ladies gatherings such as quilting bees and Bible Study gatherings.
Oh yes, it is work to do all of this but I still truly enjoy all of the anticipation, preparation, menu planning and welcoming folks into our home. However there is a certain old fashioned simple elegance that is romantic to me in sharing good food with stalwart friends and treasured family.
Now I am happy to be able to share this recipe with you.
Ingredients for Champagne Salad
1. One medium size tub of cool whipped. (thawed in fridge)
2. One package of cream cheese softened
3. One can of pineapple tidbits. (drain well)
4. One container of sweetened frozen strawberries thawed and drained well.
5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
6. 2-3 bananas diced
7. 3/4 cup pecans or walnuts chopped
Directions For Champagne Salad
Combine cream cheese, sugar and cool whip in mixing bowl and blend until all are well incorporated.
Fold in drained fruit, bananas and walnuts. Chill for at least 6 hours and garnish as desired.
There is something special to me about recipes that have a story attached to them. It is a way of sharing a bit of History about who you are, where you came from and the traditions that are made around the table and kitchen too!
I truly hope you have the chance to give this recipe a try. It really is so good and so pretty too!
Happy Day to YOU!