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Cherry Fluff Salad

Cherry Fluff Salad ingredients mixed together and served in a bowl without pie filling on top.

An easy 5-ingredient creamy Cherry Salad. A refreshing twist on traditional cherry pie. This Cherry Fluff Salad gets rave reviews from my family. It couldn’t be any easier to make for the summer season!

If you’re looking for the next potluck side dish or dessert to bring to a graduation party or potluck dinner, I have you covered.  This vintage cherry pie salad has been a family favorite for years.  You may even hear it go by the name fluff salad.  It’s the same great dish and there are so many different ways to change up the recipe but this is always how my mother made it.

A big potluck bowl of cherry fluff salad served as a no-bake summer dessert.

WHAT IS CHERRY FLUFF SALAD

We’re just a few weeks away from the start of summer and the potluck season will officially be here.

Typically served as an American dessert, cherry fluff salad is another type of no-bake summer dessert that’s a twist on the classic Ambrosia Salad that’s been around for generations in the United States. It is a popular cool whip dessert that can be made for Mother’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and Christmas. Because it’s a no-bake potluck dessert that’s served cold, it’s refreshing on a hot summer night. It can also be referred to as a sugar salad (in the south), cherry angel salad, cherry dump salad, and a cherry pie filling dessert.

Since cherry season is typically during the summer months, feel free to use your own homemade cherry pie filling in place of store-bought pill filling. My mom is big into canning her own summer berries to make desserts with later during the year. This is the perfect recipe to use those fresh summer cherries in.

HOW TO SERVE CHERRY FLUFF SALAD

Cherry fluff salad is the perfect side dish or dessert to serve for a potluck, summer party or barbecue with friends. Serve it cold on a summer night.

Cherry fluff salad recipe ingredients in a bowl with crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, cherry pie filling, whipped cream, and sweetened condensed milk.

HOW TO MAKE CHERRY FLUFF

This refreshing summer dessert salad can be made the same day its served. It doesn’t require hours of refrigeration or need time to rest, however, I like to give it at least an hour of resting time. That way, the juices have time to soak into the marshmallows and expand.

To make this cool cherry summer dessert, combine the pineapple chunks, cherry pie filling, marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream topping, and almond extract to a bowl. Give the fluff salad a good mix to combine all the ingredients. Next, refrigerate the whipped cream cherry salad until it’s time to serve.

A spoon scooping into a bowl of cherry whipped cream marshmallows with cherry pie filling on top.

If you plan on serving this the next day, hold off on adding the pineapple juice. Simply drain the juice from the can and just add the crushed pineapple. Because marshmallows are made with sugar, they will soak up any juice and expand then as the sugar melts they will weep the longer it sits. It’s not really a problem, but just know that if you plan on serving this the following day, the cherry salad won’t be as firm as day one. It will have more juices in the mixture.

Fresh Cherry Salad with whipped cream and cherry pie filling served in a bowl for a potluck.

Cherry Fluff Salad can be made with fresh cherries, canned pie filling, or your own cherry pie filling. If you plan on using fresh cherries instead of cherry pie filling, remove the pit. Next, toss them into a food processor to chop them. Add 1/4 cup sugar to the cherries and allow the cherry juice to melt the sugar before continuing.

If you’re looking for a delicious twist on the classic Ambrosia Salad, try my Cherry Pie Fluff Salad. It’s made with crushed pineapple, whipped cream, and cherry pie filling. This salad gets raves reviews from family because it’s so easy to make and it doubles as a quick summer dessert. Try my Cranberry Fluff Salad during the Thanksgiving holiday season next.

Cherry Fluff Salad

An easy 5-ingredient creamy Cherry Salad. A refreshing twist on traditional cherry pie. This Cherry Fluff Salad gets rave reviews from my family. It couldn’t be any easier to make for the summer season!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Pie, Fluff salad, Fruit Salad, Potluck
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 13 servings
Calories 272

Ingredients

  • 21 ounces canned cherry pie filling
  • 8 ounces whipped cream topping
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together whipped topping, cherry pie filling, and sweetened condensed milk.
    Stir in almond extract, mini marshmallows, and crushed pineapple in juice.
    Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Cherry Fluff Salad will keep for several days in the refrigerator. 

Notes

  • Salad will keep for several days covered in the refrigerator. 
Make Ahead – Salad can be made in advance. Simply drain the crushed pineapple from the can and discard the liquid. As the cherry dessert salad sits in the refrigerator, the juices will soak into the marshmallows and melt the sugar. This is will add extra liquid to the summer salad.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 234mg | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Cherry Fluff Salad served in a bowl for a potluck with ingredients.
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