Hot Fruit Salad (in the Slow Cooker)

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2013

hot fruit salad

This recipe is one of my ALL-TIME favorite fruit salads — especially during the cold winter months.

And while I realize a “hot” fruit salad might not sound quite as appetizing as a “fresh” fruit salad, let me assure you, it’s so delicious, you won’t be able to stop eating it!

It’s fabulous with breakfast, lunch, or dinner… and I regularly eat the leftovers cold as a mid-morning snack.

Plus, since it uses mostly non-perishable canned fruits, you can keep the ingredients in the pantry and make it whenever you want.

This recipe can simmer in a slow cooker for several hours, so it’s often my go-to recipe when I’m asked to bring a dish for a church potluck, family gathering, holiday party, etc. It’s so forgiving, and honestly, who doesn’t like fruit!

fruit salad

Recipe for Hot Fruit Salad

Makes about 15 servings (enough to fill my 5 qt slow cooker).

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  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks; drained
  • 1 16 oz. can mandarine oranges; drained
  • 1 16 oz. can sliced or chopped peaches; drained
  • 1 16 oz. can sliced or chopped pears; drained
  • 1 16 oz. can apricot halves; drained and chopped
  • 1 large apple; peeled, cored, and chunked
  • 1 20 oz. can cherry pie filling
  • 1 20 oz. jar applesauce
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 t. cinnamon

As I mentioned above, this recipe is SO forgiving so just use whatever canned fruit you have in the house. I’ve already used 2 or 3 cans of peaches when I didn’t have pears or apricots in the house; I’ve also added 1 or 2 sliced bananas for a little different flavor.

cherry pie filling

The key is to add the cherry pie filling as that is kind of the “glue” that holds everything together… so don’t skip that ingredient :)


1. Dump all fruit in a slow cooker

2. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top

3. Mix well

4. Turn slow cooker on low and cook until warm (about 3 hours, but you could let it sit longer if necessary)

fruit salad in the slow cooker

I think it would be impossible to mess up this recipe — in fact, you could even do this in the microwave or on the stovetop if you were short on time (just make sure you stir it regularly)

Serving Suggestions:

We eat this as a side dish with breakfast, lunch, or dinner (like you would serve a regular fruit salad as a side dish). I usually serve it in a small bowl so it doesn’t run all over the plate. You can refrigerate any leftovers and eat them cold or warm them up in the microwave.

So the next time canned fruit is on sale, stock up and make a batch (or two) of this yummy hot fruit salad!

Have you ever made a fruit salad in your slow cooker?

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  1. JoAnn C.


    I can see this as a topping for pancakes or maybe hot fruit salad shortcakes for dessert.


  2. janice


    Wow…this is a simple and what sounds to be a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Dallas


    Looks delicious!!


  4. Sandy


    Mmmmmm. Yes. Simple. Delicious. Easy peazy. Sometimes I sprinkle granola on top just before serving for a little ‘crust’.


  5. Emily K


    My comment doesn’t actually belong here but for some reason I am not seeing the search function of your blog. I follow your blog and check it daily. Your simplistic organized personality comes through in the design of your blog. I was wondering if you would share with us what theme you use for your blog. If you prefer not to, I understand. Thanks in advance.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Emily, I actually don’t use a theme — I had my site custom made by my web designers :)
    Also, the search bar is towards the top in the right sidebar. Hope this helps!


  6. Lori


    How do you serve the hot fruit salad? Is it a dessert? I saw in a previous comment as a topping for pancakes. Perhaps a topping or base for icecream? It really looks delicious!


    Andrea Reply:

    Lori, we eat this fruit salad as a side dish — just like you would eat a normal fruit salad. It’s great with breakfast, lunch or dinner, and is also an awesome snack right out of the refrigerator the next day.


  7. Stel


    First time I heard about this! Like a tutti frutti almost?
    I’d serve a spoon of this on vanilla ice-cream :-)


  8. JB


    This looks so good! I’m not good about getting all my veggies into my diet, but I’m a fruitaholic. :)



  9. Mavis


    This would be great with pork chops, pork roast or even grilled chicken!


    Andrea Reply:

    It is AWESOME with pork — probably one of my favorite side dishes for ham, pork chops, pork roasts, etc :)


  10. Sandy K


    This really does look delicious. It would also be good mixed with oatmeal or yogurt.


  11. beth


    I added just a tiny bit of whipped cream on top and it’s super yummy!


  12. Courtney


    This is SO amazingly wonderful! It was great both warm and cold! I also put some on top of my pork, yum! I love that I can just use whatever canned fruit I have on hand. I’m looking forward to trying this with peach pie filling or maybe strawberry. Thanks for is super recipe!


  13. Janice


    This sounds really yummy and quick/easy to make. It serves well with many foods. As you mentioned…..this would be great for a potluck. I would have to try to improvise and use fresh fruits, eliminate the brown sugar and see how it turns out. Would have to add some water possibly. Praying that you are adjusting to being a mom to two. My children are adults, but I remember well the adjustment going from one to two kids. Bless you as you keep up with life!