As a child, my fondest family memories are of those spent at Christmas with my Mom’s side of the family. The Spirit of Christmas was always felt in my aunt’s house — filled with warmth, laughter, singing, and lots of food! For me, Christmas was always special because it was spent with our entire family. Now that I’m an adult and creating new memories for my own family, I really miss the days when we celebrated the holidays with my grandparents (may they both rest in peace), uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family, friends, and sometimes even our priest.
Of course, turkey and stuffing are part of our Christmas dinner, but because we’re filipino, pancit (noodles, which my mom says represents long life) and other filipino dishes are always present during our celebrations. For me, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without filipino fruit salad.
I didn’t ask my mom for her recipe, because I am not at liberty to share family recipes. She’d be pretty upset if I gave away trade secrets 😉 I did, however, make fruit salad from memory and what I ‘think’ it’s supposed to taste like. I may be a bit off, but then again, all recipes for this dessert are not the same.
- 2 cans fruit cocktail, drained (I used Tropical Fruit Cocktail from Dole)
- 1 jar sweet red kaong, drained (palm fruit)
- 1 jar sweet green kaong, drained
- 2 jars shredded young coconut, drained
- 1 jar nata de coco, drained
- 1 jar red nata de coco, drained
- 1 jar green nata de coco, drained
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can cream
- Add first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently.
- Add condensed milk and cream. Stir gently to make sure to coat everything evenly.
- Chill and enjoy!
This Filipino Fruit Salad is definitely not a figure-friendly dessert, but it’s one we love to have every Christmas!