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Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad

Embrace the taste of summer with this best-ever Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad that’s creamy, sweet, and oh-so-refreshing. Perfect for potlucks and cookouts, this easy side dish or dessert requires simple prep. It is guaranteed to be a hit with its tropical flavors and luscious combination of mango, banana, and marshmallows.

A bowl of mango banana marshmallow salad.


This delicious fruit salad only has two types of fruit, making it an easy recipe you can make last-minute for a special occasion (like holiday dinners). It’s perfect in both the summer months and at a holiday meal. Anytime is a good time to enjoy a creamy fruit salad. 

It’s perfectly sweet without being too rich. All the ingredients in this easy dessert salad are perfectly balanced, giving you a fluffy fruit salad that is so good you’ll savor every bite! After you make it once, you’ll want to make this easy fruit salad for church potlucks, BBQs, birthday parties, or as a different and fun way to eat fresh fruit. 

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Why You’ll Love Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad

  • Simple no-bake recipe  
  • Ready in 40 minutes
  • Easy to make ahead 
  • Works as both a side dish or dessert
  • A great addition to both Christmas dinner and as a summer salad 

Ingredients

The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Vanilla pudding mix: This makes it deliciously creamy and saves you from adding more vanilla extract. 
  • Milk: Any type of milk will work in this no-bake dessert salad.  
  • Cool Whip: Use pre-made whipped topping to save yourself time. 
  • Mangoes: Use fresh mangoes for the best results. 
  • Bananas: Slice fresh bananas for this fruit salad recipe. 
  • Mini marshmallows: Use as many miniature marshmallows as you like.  
  • Toasted sweet coconut flakes:  This is the best thing to add on top because it gives the salad a fun, crispy texture, and nutty notes. 
Ingredients to make mango banana marshmallow salad.

How to Make Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad

  • Step One: Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and cold milk until smooth and no lumps remain. 
  • Step Two: Stir the Cool Whip into the pudding mixture until incorporated.  
Steps to make mango banana marshmallow salad.
  • Step Three: Add half of the diced mango to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Step Four: Mix the mango puree into the pudding mix.
Steps to make mango banana marshmallow salad.
  • Step Five: Stir in the remaining diced mangoes, sliced bananas, marshmallows, and coconut shreds until combined.
  • Step Six: Chill the fruit salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Steps to make mango banana marshmallow salad.

Equipment Needed

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    • Large bowl – Use a large enough bowl to hold all the simple ingredients. 
    • Food processor – A food processor or blender will work, but you’ll need to puree half the mangoes. 
    • Spatula – Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients in this creamy salad together. 
    • Plastic wrap – When you store the tropical marshmallow fruit salad, cover it with plastic wrap or a lid. 

    What to Serve with Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad

    This sweet fruit salad recipe is perfect for serving any time of year. Here are some of my favorite sides and main dishes that taste delicious with the sweet marshmallow salad.   

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Top with maraschino cherries 
    • Use your favorite fresh berries. This fluff recipe will taste delicious with strawberries or blueberries. 
    • Add more citrus. Mix in mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits. 
    • Make it tangier. Add a spoonful of sour cream or Greek yogurt.
    • Make it thicker. Mix in four ounces of softened cream cheese.  
    A bowl of mango banana marshmallow salad.

    Storage Instructions 

    Since it is made with creamy Cool Whip, you need to store it covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to three days. 

    Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad Tips and Tricks

    • If you don’t have a blender or a food processor, you can use a couple of jars of mango baby food.  
    • Adjust the amount of marshmallows to suit your tastes. If you don’t like how sweet they make the salad, use fewer of them. 
    • Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving it. This will give it time to set. 

    Tips For Selecting Ripe Mangoes

    The best way to select a ripe mango is to pick it up and feel it. If it’s ripe, it will give slightly under gentle pressure. If it is as firm as a rock or stone, it’s not ripe enough yet. 

    You can also tell if it is ripe by looking at the color. Ripe mangoes have bold and vibrant colors. If it is too dark, it isn’t ripe enough to use. 

    A bowl of mango banana marshmallow salad with a spoon in it.

    Can I Use Canned Mangoes

    Fresh will taste better, but you can use canned mangoes in a pinch. Just make sure to drain and rinse them off thoroughly. Any extra juice from the canned mangoes could water down the salad. 

    Can I Use Frozen Mangoes

    It’s always best to use fresh mangoes, but frozen ones also work well in this recipe. Let them thaw completely, and then pat any excess moisture from them before pureeing them and adding them to the fluff salad. 

    How To Prevent Bananas From Turning Brown in the Salad

    The best way to prevent bananas from turning brown is to spritz them with some lemon juice. This might not be necessary if you cover them with enough whipped cream topping to prevent the bananas from getting air on them. 

    A spoon with mango banana marshmallow salad over a bowl of the salad.

    Is the Salad Typically Served Chilled Or At Room Temperature 

    This salad tastes best if you serve it chilled. Do not let it set out at room temperature for long because it’s made with whipped topping. 

    Is It A Dessert Or Side Dish

    This is the perfect side dish and a family favorite dessert! It can be both. It adds a touch of sweetness to your plate when you eat it on the side with your dinner. It’s also sweet enough to enjoy as a dessert at the end of the meal. 

    Mango banana marshmallow salad in a parfait dish.

    FAQ

    Is this the same thing as ambrosia fruit salad?

    No, this is not an ambrosia salad. Ambrosia salad has pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows. 

    Can I use a can of fruit cocktail?

    I do not recommend using a fruit cocktail in this salad. It will add too much moisture and won’t be nearly as fluffy. 

    Is this the same thing as Watergate salad?

    Also known as pistachio delight, Watergate salad is made from pistachio pudding, canned or fresh pineapple, whipped topping, crushed pecans, and marshmallows. While they both have whipped cream and marshmallows, they are not the same recipe. 

    How many servings does this make? 

    This recipe makes eight servings. 

    Dessert Salads   

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    Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 8
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Chill Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Embrace the taste of summer with this best-ever Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad that's creamy, sweet, and oh-so-refreshing. Perfect for potlucks and cookouts, this easy side dish or dessert requires simple prep and is guaranteed to be a hit with its tropical flavors and luscious combination of mango, banana, and marshmallows.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix 3.4oz package
    • 2 cups cold milk
    • 1 container Cool Whip 8oz container, thawed
    • 2 mangoes peeled, pitted, and diced
    • 2 bananas sliced
    • 2 ½ cups mini marshmallows
    • 1 cup toasted sweetened coconut flakes

    Instructions

    • Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and cold milk until smooth and no lumps remain.
    • Fold in the Cool Whip until incorporated.
    • Add half of the diced mango to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
    • Mix the mango puree into the pudding mix.
    • Stir in the remaining diced mangoes, sliced bananas, marshmallows, and coconut until combined.
    • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 727IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 0.4mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword dessert salad, fluff, fluff salad

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