Let’s talk fruit salad.  It’s sweet and tart, crisp and crunchy.  It positively zings with flavor!  Made right, it’s all the things a special dish should be. Not to mention it’s as versatile as the day is long.  Fruit salad has earned a rightful spot on holiday tables, at picnics, potlucks, brunches, Sunday dinners. At my house, it even gets eaten as dessert.  Ah, fruit salad.  The stuff of dreams.

CLassic Fruit Salad with Old Fashioned Sauce

What You’ll Need to Make Classic Fruit Salad with Century Sauce

  • Green apples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Coconut
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
Apples, strawberries, bananas and blueberries are the base for a classic fruit salad.

Of course, not any old fruit salad will do.  The fruit should be fresh.  The colors should pop.  And the textures should be varied.  This classic salad uses green apples, strawberries, bananas and blueberries.  Shredded, sweetened coconut and chopped walnuts and pecans add texture and flavor!

Old Fashioned Fruit Sauce

But what makes this fruit salad really good is the simple old fashioned sauce that goes over it!  Cream, sugar and a splash of vanilla simmer low and slow to create a lovely rich sauce that lightly clings to each piece of fruit.

Old Fashioned Fruit Sauce being poured over a classic fruit salad.

Old Fashioned Century Sauce gets its name honest.  A family recipe passed down through my brother-in-law’s family, his grandmother, who learned it from her mother, faithfully made and served the sauce on her fruit salad every holiday from 1910-1966.  She said it made the fruit taste better since it’s not at its sweetest during the winter months.

Aerial view of fruit salad.

When my sister and brother-in-law shared this family recipe with me some years ago, it only took me one little taste before I knew that his Granny Stodghill must have been a culinary genius. 

Imagine a bowl of fruit drizzled with melted homemade ice cream…  that’s what this is.  A veritable fruit salad heaven.

CLassic Fruit Salad with Old Fashioned Sauce

Classic Fruit Salad with Old Fashioned Century Sauce

Bright and colorful fruit salad is complemented by an old fashioned sauce that changes how you enjoy fruit salad!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, holiday, picnic
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 medium green apples diced
  • 1 lb. strawberries diced
  • 1 pt. blueberries
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1 C sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 C chopped pecans (or walnuts)

Old Fashioned Century Sauce

  • 1 C cream
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • In a small sauce pan, slowly heat cream and sugar on low heat.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Continue to stir frequently as cream heats.  When sauce is thin and begins to simmer, remove from heat.  Add vanilla.  Stir.  Allow to cool.
  • Toss chopped fruit and nuts in a bowl.  Pour cooled sauce over the top.  Gently toss again.  Serve immediately or cool in fridge up to 30 minutes.

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