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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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Notes

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

Nutrition

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. 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.

  2. 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

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    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..
      ENJOY!

      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!

      2. I like it better with the cheesecake no bake powder then the pudding. I like this recipe but i think it needs more pudding mix

    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.

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

  8. 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.

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  10. 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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