Macaroni Fruit Salad

macaroni fruit salad
The first thing I will say is that the recipe calls for rosa marina pasta, but in the picture you will see orzo.  Sometimes rosa marina is a bit tough to find in the store.  They are these little pearls of pasta and I love them in this salad as well as shrimp salad.  However, sometimes when I am at the store with two little giggly (and sometimes mischievous) girls, it’s just easier to grab the orzo if I see it first.

The girls are out of school today so I have them signed up to go to a  class.  My talented neighbor Karen does painting classes for kids in her home and they absolutely love it!  It’s one thing I know I can sign them up for and they are always excited. I try to have them go as often as I can when they are tracked out and we have quite the collection of paintings right now.  If you are local to Apex or even the Triangle its a great idea for a track out or a birthday party!  Karen is great with the kids and its amazing what they end up creating.  They each bring home a canvas painting  after every class.  We have given them to grandparents and some are showcased in the girls’ rooms.  Take a look at Sociable Art Kids to see some of the masterpieces!  You might even spot one of my little painters:-)

This salad is one of my mom’s recipes and although I don’t really remember her making it when we were little I always think of home when I make it.  You need to start this a day ahead because the pasta and the  fruity egg custard need to sit in the fridge overnight to set.  I think that is what truly makes this salad special.  Its not just combining some fruit and whipped cream and pasta…its the custard…definitely.  This is one of Ella’s favorites (she wrote the yum yum yum in the picture.)  I will warn you, this makes a huge batch so its great for a party or to give away to a friend.  Enjoy!

Macaroni Fruit Salad

3/4 – 1c sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 Tbsp flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 large can chunk pineapple (drain, save juice)

1  large can crushed pineapple (drain, save juice)

2 cans mandarin oranges (drained)

1 lb Rosa Marina macaroni (or orzo)

1 8 oz. container Cool Whip (I don’t usually use Cool Whip, but you can’t really substitute for this recipe.)

(opt.) maraschino cherries

Cook macaroni.  Rinse and drain well.  Please 2 beaten eggs, sugar, flour & salt in pan.  Pour in juice from pineapple.  Cook until until thick.  Pour over mac and let stand in the fridge overnight.  Next day, fold in fruit and cool whip.  If you like, you can add chopped maraschino cherries.




  1. I’ve never tried the combination of macaroni with fruit. It does sound delicious and pasta salad is always wonderful in warm weather. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • It is great for the warm weather – its actually surprisingly refreshing because the fruit sort of disappears into the pasta and cool whip! Thanks Mary!

  2. Whoa, a sweet macaroni salad! The idea is blowing my mind . . . and I think it sounds great with orzo!
    Your talk of a painting class for kids reminds me of my mom’s summer endeavors when I was young–we did a week of ‘art school’ with her when we were camping. She had us doing watercolors and sketches and paper mache projects and all sorts of stuff–it was a blast.

    • I know, isn’t it a different concept? Its really yummy! I love that your mom did ‘art school’ with you when you were young. Thats a lot to put together! When we go camping I’m lucky if I can get food and clothes together, let alone art supplies and projects – that’s awesome!

  3. Becki, your blog is amazing and so is that Macaroni salad! I must admit I was a bit wary of trying it this weekend. I wasn’t sure what to think…rice and cherries? Doesn’t make much sense on paper, but then I took a bite and what a very cool surprise?! It was like a light, summer, dessert (only you get to cheat and put it on the same plate as your grilled chicken so you don’t have to wait). Seriously yummy. Thanks too for the shout out about Sociable Art Kids. Your kids are happy and talented and truly delightful and I’m so genuinely glad that you allow them to come as often as you do to my classes. They’re lucky to have a mom that recognizes their potential in all things and encourages them whenever and wherever possible. You rock!

  4. This sounds like awesome comfort food! I have never had Macaroni Fruit Salad before, but I am really intrigued!

  5. I’m just jumping back into answer your question. The cake is better made with sour cherries but there is no reason that sweet ones can’t be used. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary


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