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Summertime Fruit Salad

Summertime Fruit Salad
Summertime Fruit Salad


  • 1 box (3.4 ounce) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup Our Family Garden, Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 container (8 ounce) frozen whipped topping (mostly thawed)
  • 1 can (11 ounce) mandarin orange segments and pieces (drained)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh cleaned strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple (cut into chunks)


In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pudding mix and applesauce until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping and mix well.

Fold in the oranges, strawberries and pineapple and stir to combine well.

Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Lori McLain, Denton, TX
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Red Hot Applesauce Gel Dessert

Red Hot Applesauce Gel Dessert
Red Hot Applesauce Gel Dessert



Dissolve cinnamon candies in water in a saucepan over medium heat.

Mix in gelatin and allow to dissolve; remove from heat and stir applesauce into mixture.

Pour into a serving dish and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.


Can serve with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped cream cheese.

Lori McLain, Denton, TX
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Jamaica Me Hungry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This easy-to-make and healthy main dish offers an enticing mix of colors, flavors and textures. The applesauce lends a natural subtle sweetness and rich flavor to the Caribbean inspired sauce. A dish the whole family will enjoy!


  • 3/4 cup green cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (matchstick-cut)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons light tasting olive oil (or vegetable oil of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Jamaican jerk seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 large Boston lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (chopped)


Place salsa, applesauce and jerk seasoning in medium saucepan; mix well. Over low heat, bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in chicken; cover and simmer 5 minutes.

Combine slaw ingredients in medium bowl; mix well.

To assemble wraps, place chicken down the center of each lettuce leaf, dividing equally. Top each with slaw. Sprinkle with cashews. Wrap or fold (taco style) as desired.


You can also place the filled lettuce into corn taco shells.

Mary Hawkes, Prescott, AZ
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Apple Strawberry Jello Salad


  • 3 packets gelatin (unflavored)
  • 1/4 cup water (cold)
  • 1-1/2 cups water (boiling)
  • 3 cups frozen strawberries (blended)
  • 12 ounces frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 3 cups Our Family Garden Unsweetened Applesauce


Dissolve gelatin in cold water. Then stir this mixture into the boiling water.

Separately, blend the frozen strawberries with the apple juice, then stir it into the applesauce.

Next mix the gelatin water mixture with the strawberry and applesauce mixture. Stir well and let set.

Optional: Garnish with whipped topping and strawberries.

Variation: Instead of strawberries you could also use raspberries or a berry blend.

Sophia Martin, Belchertown, MA