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.

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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. Oh, these colours!!! I’m drooling! Strawberries are my absolute favourite! The strawberry season is getting close so this could easily be my next experiment 🙂

  2. 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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