This recipe is a variant on fruit salad sometimes called an ambrosia salad. As well as fruit it contains pasta, coconut and whipped cream. Very light and great for a special occasion.
Fantastic recipe! I used light frozen whipped cream instead and also only let it sit with the pineapple juice mixture for about 6 hours. It turned out great! I love the texture of the orzo pasta in it and that it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet. - 17 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Ok I opps'ed, I bought the crushed pineapple instead of chunks. It still worked out well. Instead of trying to drain the juice out I just added the pineapple to the pot too. I have had a variation of this salad with the pineapple chunks and I think I like it better with the crushed. What a great mistake this was. I also missed the part about letting it sit for 8 hours or overnight. I needed it in a couple of hours. If was just as good. I did make sure it was cold before completing with the mandarin oranges and whipped topping. This was absolutly the best. - 21 Sep 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I use acini pasta in this. It is wonderful but Acini is hard to find in my area so this year i am going to try Tapioca pasta balls. Wish me luck i am sure it will be fine but we will see. Happy Thanksgivign all. - 25 Nov 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)