Pretty and Pink Champagne Salad

November 29, 2017
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.

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Champagne Salad With Cranberries

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.

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Champagne Salad

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.

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Roses and Berries for the table

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.

Thanksgiving, Table, Fresh Flowers

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.

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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!


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  1. Delicious!! We make this too but we freeze it in a shallow pan. Isn't that funny? It's wonderful.

  2. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe Jemma.
    Such a nice looking post too.

    All the best Jan

  3. What a pretty desert, Jemma, and quite different. Thanks for sharing!

  4. It sounds yummy! My MIL made a similar one for our Thanksgiving. No bananas but it did have strawberries and nuts. It looks so pretty!


  5. Thank you for this Jemma! I will be making it for my ladies' brunch later in December!

  6. Jemma, your champagne salad sounds delicious. It looks a bit like my mother-in-law's old fashioned fruit salad, but can you believe mayonnaise is the key ingredient? Sounds weird, but tastes wonderful. The white roses on your table are lovely, along with the red berries. Your salad looks so inviting displayed on the white server. So many different neighbors throughout the years sharing their experiences with us. It's nice that you remember your neighbor, Rita. : )

    love, ~Sheri

  7. It looks too pretty to eat! I have made this several times as well dear Jemma. I usually make it at Thanksgiving using orange jello for color and at Christmas using pink jello. Some of friends make it like you with no jello. Either way it sure if tasty and oh so pretty. My granny used to make it every single year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hugs and blessings, Cindy P.S. I have never heard it called Champagne salad. I just love that!

  8. This reminds me a little bit of a recipe called ancini di pesci, but admittedly yours looks a LOT prettier. Seriously, it doesn't look very appetizing which is why there's always left overs, but it's delish!


  9. This is awfully pretty, Jemma! Very festive and perfect for the season. It reminds me a bit of one of the classic 50s recipes my mom did with some variation. I love the photos, too!

    Your cards went in the mail on Tuesday and you should have them soon. I'll email a tracking number to you! Let me know when they arrive so I can stop worrying!


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