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

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I ENJOY YOUR RECEIPTS THEY ARE TRULY DELICIOUS AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SHARE IN YOUR DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE SALAD IT IS THE GREATEST!!

    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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!!!

  10. 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.

  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

    try
    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.

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