Fruit Salad with Condensed Milk is a sweet, creamy, and easy salad to make. Use your favorite fruit to make this salad, as it is highly customizable!
About this Recipe
I've been making this creamy fruit salad for the longest time but didn't really know the name. I got it from a friend, who had it in someone else's place. So I just used to call this recipe fruits with condensed milk.
But turns out, this recipe does have a name! It's basically an Indian Fruit Salad, that's made with sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. I love this recipe because it's a show-stopper and everyone always absolutely loves it. It's also an extremely easy salad to make!
Why You'll Love this Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe
Impressive Dessert: This is a simple, yet delicious recipe. People are always amazed when they taste it, but it's actually a very basic salad. The combination of sweet and tart fruits with creamy condensed milk gives a fresh and decadent flavor simultaneously.
Make it Your Own: Add your favorite fruits to this recipe to make a salad you absolutely love. Don't love kiwi? No worries, use mango instead. You can use lots of different fruits for this recipe, barring a few such as watermelon, which would make it too watery.
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
These are the fruits I like to use in this salad, however, you can add many others such as mango, raspberries, pineapple, and mandarin oranges.
The Creamy Sweetened Condensed Milk Dressing
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: This is not the same as evaporated milk, which I use in my Karak Chai. Sweetened Condensed Milk is simply a reduced version of milk that is then sweetened. It's sticky, sweet, and pale yellow. And basically, it's a magical ingredient that makes everything taste delicious.
- Heavy Whipping Cream: You can also use half and half if needed.
- Milk: Just a little bit of milk, to help thin out the dressing.
How to Make It
- Step 1: Prepare all the fruit by chopping it into bite-sized pieces except the blueberries. Transfer to a bowl, and mix well.
- Step 2: In a mixing bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and milk.
- Step 3: Pour the dressing over the fruit. Mix well until combined.
- Step 4: Cover the bowl, and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Tip #1: Bananas and apples tend to oxidize quickly after being chopped. If you are making this salad ahead of time, I suggest adding these two fruits right before serving.
Tip #2: Taste all the fruits while chopping, to make sure they are sweet and not super tart. It's happened to me that I once used a very sour kiwi for this recipe, and it added a bitter aftertaste to the salad.
Tip #3: If you would like to add texture to this salad, you can add slivered almonds or crushed walnuts.
Tip# 4: If you don't have heavy whipping cream on hand, you can easily substitute it with cool whip.
Yes, you can! Just make sure to drain the liquid from the can before adding the fruit to the salad.
No, this salad is different, as the Buko salad is made with canned fruit cocktail (not fresh fruit), and condensed milk.
Fruit Salad with Condensed Milk
- Cutting board
For the Fruit:
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup grapes
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1-2 kiwi
- 1 apple
- 2 bananas
For the Dressing:
- For the dressing:
- 200 grams sweetened condensed milk
- 200 ml heavy cream
- 1/4 cup milk
Prepare the Fruit
- Wash and chop the strawberries into small bite sized pieces.
- Wash the grapes, and slice the grapes into half. Remove seeds if needed. I used seedless grapes.
- Wash the blueberries, and rinse well.
- Peel the kiwi, banana, apple, and slice into small pieces.
- Transfer to a bowl, and mix until combined.
For the Sweetened Condensed Milk Dressing:
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, heavy whipping cream, and milk.
- Whisk until fully combine.
Assemble the Salad:
- Pour over the prepared dressing onto the fruit. Gently fold the fruit and dressing together, until the fruits are fully coated.
- Optional: Top with more chopped fruit.
- Fruits: Use your favourite fruits for this recipe. I find banana and berries to be quite integral to the flavour of this salad.
- Kiwi: Try to use kiwi that is ripe and sweet. I once made this salad with a sour kiwi, and it made the whole salad taste bitter.
- Dressing: You can adjust the amount of the dressing ingredients to your liking. This is the ratio I like the most, flavorwise.
- Make ahead: Since apples and bananas brown quickly, I recommend consuming this salad as soon as it is made. However, you can prepare the salad beforehand. Just before serving, add the apple and bananas to avoid discolouration of this salad.