Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

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Strawberry Cheesecake Salad is a sweet and creamy dessert with fresh hidden strawberries throughout. This is the biggest hit at any potluck!
For even more potluck dishes be sure to try Ambrosia Salad, Creamy Pea Salad, or California Spaghetti Salad!
Strawberry Cheesecake Salad in a white bowl with fresh strawberries on top.

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

I love anything that has to do with cheesecake. I mean who doesn’t? This is my go to recipe for any get together. It is always a huge hit and people are asking for the recipe. I love it because it is so easy to make and it makes the most perfect delicious side. This salad was very creamy and the mixture of strawberries and bananas went together perfectly. This is the perfect salad for any potluck or BBQ and guaranteed to be a hit!
Now, I can already hear some of you saying… “that’s not a salad!”. And you’re right! In the traditional cold, chopped vegetable meaning of salad, no, it’s not. But in a creamy fruit salad kind of way… absolutely! Cheesecake salads are usually made with no-bake cheesecake filling/pudding and frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), then folded together with fresh fruit. This version also utilizes some strawberry yogurt to bring even more fruit flavor into the dish!

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad Ingredients:

  • Whipped topping: Thaw in refrigerator overnight.
  • Cheesecake pudding powder: The cheesecake flavor of pudding gives this fruit salad the richness of cheesecake with a less dense consistency.
  • Strawberry yogurt: The creaminess of the yogurt mixes perfectly with the pudding and whipped topping to make a soft and sweet filling.
  • Fresh strawberries: Dry after slicing to keep them from getting mushy.
  • 3 bananas: Slice and wait to add to the salad until the last minute to keep it as fresh as possible.
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows: Optional, but its my kids’ favorite part of this salad!

How do you make Strawberry Cheesecake Salad?

  1. Thaw the whipped topping. In a large salad bowl mix together the yogurt, pudding and whipped topping. Put in the fridge and allow to set up for an hour.
  2. Wash and slice the strawberries. Add them to the mixture with the. marshmallows. Add in the bananas right before serving. Keep refrigerated.

The process of making Strawberry Cheesecake salad in four photos.

How do you keep fruit salad fresh?

  • Keep fruit dry: Any water that is present will cause the produce to soften faster. Keep air off of it and dry your fruit after you wash it. Save problem produce like bananas and add right before serving.
  • Store fruit separately from cheesecake mixture: When making this recipe ahead of time, prepare the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate in a bowl.  Separately, mix all the fruit in a large bowl and refrigerate. Then, before serving, drain any excess liquid from the fruit.  Finally, fold the cheesecake filling into the fruit and its ready to be served and enjoyed!

Tips for making Strawberry Cheesecake Salad:

  • Slice strawberries with a sturdy egg slicer for even pieces.
  • Add the fruit just before serving so it doesn’t get mushy or discolored.
  • Do not pour all the creamer in at once.  Instead add it in gradually to keep the cream cheese from getting lumpy.

Variations for Cheesecake Salad:

  • If you cannot find a 5.1 oz (large) box of instant cheesecake pudding mix, use 1 ½ small (3.4 oz) boxes.
  • For extra tanginess, use some sour cream in place of some of the yogurt.
  • The amount of strawberries used will depend on how much fruit-to-fluff that you want.
  • You can add any fruit you want to this incredibly versatile salad! Some great choices are pineapple, mango, mandarin oranges, grapes, kiwis, raspberries, blackberries, or melons..
  • To swap out the creamer use: 1 cup of heavy cream, ¼ cup powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract!

Close up of Strawberry Cheesecake Salad in a white bowl with fresh cut strawberries on top.

More Fresh Fruit Salad Recipes:

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

4.77 from 13 votes
Strawberry Cheesecake Salad is a sweet and creamy dessert with fresh hidden strawberries throughout!  This is the biggest hit at any potluck!  
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 People


  • 12 ounce whipped topping thawed
  • 1 small package cheesecake pudding powder 3.4 ounce
  • 3 (6 ounce) strawberry yogurt
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 3 bananas. Sliced
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows optional


  • Thaw the whipped topping. I always put it in the fridge the night before. In a large salad bowl mix the yogurt, putting and whipped topping together. Put in the fridge and allow it to set up for an hour.
  • Wash the strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel. Add the strawberries, marshmallows and bananas right before serving. Keep refrigerated.



Updated on April 8, 2020
Originally Posted on June 25, 2012


Serves: 8

Calories193kcal (10%)Carbohydrates35g (12%)Protein2g (4%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol1mgSodium44mg (2%)Potassium288mg (8%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar26g (29%)Vitamin A67IU (1%)Vitamin C37mg (45%)Calcium41mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, fruit salad, shortcake, strawberry, strawberries
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This looks good! I can see by your blog that you love to cook. Everything looks so yummy that I may try a few recipes even though cooking isn’t really my forte. Following your blog & looking forward to more treats 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting.

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  3. I just made this and it’s pretty good. I recommend leaving out the marshmallows though. It doesn’t need them and they seem to be a weird texture compared to the rest of it. I added graham cracker crumbs to it though, which I definitely recommend! As for with the pudding, you are just using the powder.

  4. This sounds good and use it as a dip with graham crackers or the little teddy bear graham crackers!

    1. I have also run into the problem of a store not carrying it so I substituted with vanilla in a pinch. Still yummy!

    2. 5 stars
      I couldn’t find it either so I used the no bake cheesecake powder…with the 18 ounces of yogurt and the cool whip plus the fruit of strawberries and blueberries instead of bananas it all worked out fine…I did add some mini marshmallows but really not a whole bag as another site called for…
      They devoured it!
      So if you like me can’t find cheesecake pudding substitute the no bake cheesecake powder..

      1. 5 stars
        Jackie, that is a great idea! We have cheesecake pudding mix readily available here, but I’ve gone out of state to visit family and haven’t been able to find that variety of pudding anywhere near where they live. (We take turns with the meals at our family get-togethers, and I had this recipe planned for my night to cook.) Problem solved!! Thank you!

    3. 4 stars
      I used a boxed cheesecake mix but added cream cheese and extra whipping cream etc. Whipped nicely. Yeah I know. Whole new recipe. But it’s what I had.

  5. 4 stars
    I made this last week &, although it was quite yummy, it was a little less cheesecake-y than I was hoping. So…I made it again, this time substituting a vanilla yogurt for one of the strawberry yogurts. I also added a second pkg of cheesecake pudding powder. Much more cheesecake-y (thicker too). I also used it top a bowl of fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, & blueberries) instead of mixing the fruit in. The fruit stayed fresher that way & it made the cheesecake-y goodness last even longer. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. I agree. It is amazing but I was hoping it would be a little cheesecake-y-er. Haha I am thinking that the next time that I make this I am going to whip cream cheese with some sugar and vanilla and then fold the jello pudding in along with the strawberries and cheesecake. 🙂

        1. I believe this may be the recipe I have been searching for or quite similiar after enjoying at a church potluck. They added chocolate shavings or you could use mini chocolate chips it was delicious!

    2. How can we substitute something more ‘real’ than Cool Whip? Getting away from so much ‘fake’ made-from-oil stuff.

      1. 5 stars
        Get heavy whipping cream in the little cartons and make the whipped topping yourself! Whip it extra thick with beaters or a mixer and add 1/2 package more of the powdered cheesecake.

  6. I made this and was really good. I made it again and spread it on a strawberry cake, like icing, it was out of this world.

  7. Can you freeze this before you add the fruits? Say take out a cup to eat now with a half banana and a couple strawberries and then out the rest in a freezer container?

  8. I wonder how this recipe would be with diced angel food cake in place of the marshmallows? Or crumbled ginger snaps?

  9. I bought the cheesecake pudding jello brand at my local grocery store it took five or six different ones for me to find it I’m just now getting ready to make it and I can’t wait thanks for the recipe

  10. I recommend using the Jello No Bake Cheesecake mix in the box. Recipe is very easy to make. You will find that you have a large bowl to serve when all mixed together.

  11. I think instead of using the cheesecake pudding mix powder you could use the Philadelphia nobake cheesecake filling that is avaliable in the tub in the Grocery store

    1 bag of marshmallows
    16 oz vanilla yogurt
    1 reg tub of cool whip
    nobake cheesecake filling
    stir in strawberries, bananas, or your favorite fruit
    you could also cut of some small square pieces of angle food cake to mix in and use 1/2 bag of marshmallows

    1. I have made it this way instead as well! I am going to get a recipe and picture up for it soon.

  12. 5 stars
    I couldn’t find cheesecake powder so I substituted Hershey’s white chocolate powder. We also used an 8-oz tub of Cool Whip and 10.6 oz of Greek strawberry yogurt, again, due to what we could find. Great stuff, and I don’t think I’d switch to the regular recipe due to how much I like this one! I don’t think I’d like the bananas and marshmallows on top, but that is of course personal preference and other people might love it. Thanks for the recipe, we all love it.

  13. I used Greek yogurt as well graham cracker crumbs on the top and it was a hit at the graduation party. I actually TRIPLED the batch and it was almost gone by the end of the night. Thank you very much for sharing this awesome recipe!!!!

  14. It would be good with pound cake that you put little pineapple juice poured over it not a lot don’T Want T soak it.than freeze part way.than take out and cut in cubes and add.also pineapple chunks added.makes it so great.

  15. 5 stars
    I made this for the 4th of July last year and it was a huge hit! I’ve had requests to bring it to every get together. I’m not a fan of marshmallows so I leave those out and put blueberries in to make it red, white and blue 🙂


    1. AW!! Thank you so much! I am so glad that you are enjoying my recipes! I really appreciate it and love that you love the strawberry cheesecake salad! It is out favorite!! XOXO

      1. 5 stars
        Making this recipe today for a ladies church luncheon. I had a taste of just the batter before putting in fridge and letting set up and ooooooh how delicious. Can’t wait for the fruit to be added. After reading all the comments I am choosing to add a small amount of marshmallow and will add some pecans on top and some well drained pineapple tidbits to see how they all come together. Making two batches to play with different things.
        Thanks again perfect recipe for strawberries coming into picking time.

  17. 5 stars
    This salad/dessert is not for the calorie counting folks. It is smooth and creamy, loaded with what you would want in a dessert. My preference is no bananas, and add chopped pecans.

  18. 5 stars
    I am going to make this recipe for a party. The only cheesecake Jello I could find has to be cooked. In this recipe it just says add cheese cake powder. Do I need to cook the pudding or just add it to the recipe. This looks like such a delicious recipe for summer. I can’t wait to make.

    1. WOW!! That is awesome! Those 60 people will be so happy to have this salad! I would triple the batch. If you want to make sure that each person gets a taste of the salad I would recommend filling little dishes for everyone unless you prefer a few large bowls for a potluck style serving. Hope that helps and you are able to make it! Thanks so much for choosing one of my recipes! XOXO

  19. 5 stars
    Made for Easter dinner. Was a hit. Followed the recipe exactly as written, but added a small can of crushed pineapple which gave it a little boost of flavor. Will definitely make again.

  20. Am confused regarding the yogurt ingredient?? It states …”3 6oz yogurt” … are you saying it takes 3 …6 oz yogurts?? Couldn’t find anywhere this confirms this amount? Please respond…

  21. I am making this and I noticed you have putting for pudding. You may can correct that. Looking forward to tasting when I am donr

  22. The small package of cheesecake pudding powder I have is only 1 oz.
    Recipe calls for 3.4oz. Should I use 3 boxes of that size?

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