Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad – The Perfect Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe
This creamy, delicious strawberry marshmallow fluff is the ultimate summer salad! Made with fresh strawberries, marshmallows, cream cheese, Jell-o and whipped topping, this easy strawberry fluff salad recipe will be your new go-to cookout dish!
Growing up in rural South Dakota, my mom, grandmas and aunts always had well-kept gardens. Come May, it was planting time – tomatoes, green beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers and more. It was a fantastic way to have fresh produce during the summer months, and often, the remainder of the food would be canned, or froze and put-up for the rest of the year. Us kids were always on weeding duty – perhaps the garden was a way to keep us busy while we were out of school.
Off to the side of mom’s garden was a strawberry patch, that continues to come back year after year. Thirty years later, my dad actually converted the main garden space to an entire strawberry patch. They now have massive amounts of June-bearing strawberries – plenty of fruit to share with friends, neighbors and to make this fabulous Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad!
Even if you don’t have a big strawberry patch, you can still enjoy fresh spring strawberries. Whether you go strawberry picking at a local farm, or just grab a couple pints at your local supermarket, this fantastic strawberry fluff salad can be enjoyed anytime you’re in the mood for an amazing creamy treat! This Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad is a combination of two of my other recipes – my Lemon OREO Fluff Salad and my Creamy Strawberry Pie.
This fluff salad recipe is fabulous for summer barbecues, potlucks or sharing at your next neighborhood block party. Similar to any classic Jell-O Fluff salad, this fluff is actually made with cream cheese, making the flavors and consistency much like a strawberry cheesecake. Topped with strawberries, marshmallows and graham crackers, this strawberry fluff salad with be a big hit at your next get-together!
Here are the simple steps to making this fabulous Strawberry Fluff salad:
Step One: Make the Creamy Base
Using a hand or stand mixer, you’ll begin by creaming together the cream cheese and sugar. Next, you’ll dissolve a package of strawberry Jell-o into cold milk. With your mixer running on the lowest speed, slowly and gradually add the milk mixture to the cream cheese mixture. You’ll continue to mix this together until smooth. Then, you’ll add the whipped topping, and mix until smooth. The creamy base will still be liquidy, and just slightly thick. (like photo above)
Step 2: Fold in Fresh Strawberries
To the creamy base, you’ll fold in about three cups of fresh strawberries that have been hulled and sliced.
Step 3: Add Mini Marshmallows
Like any good fluff salad recipe, you’ll need plenty of mini marshmallows. Not only do the marshmallows help give the salad it’s “fluff”, but they add great texture and sweetness to the salad. For this recipe I added about three cups of marshmallows.
From here, you’ll fold together the strawberries and marshmallows to the creamy base. Chill the salad for at least 2-3 hours before serving. This is actually a really critical step, as you’ll need all the ingredients to set-up and become more firm. If I’m making this salad for an evening meal, I’ll make the base of the salad earlier in the day, so there is ample time to let the salad set-up and chill. For a mid-day meal, I’ll likely make the salad the night before.
Step 4: Top with Extra Strawberries, Marshmallows and Graham Crackers
Just before it’s time to serve, transfer the fluff salad to a serving bowl, and top with additional strawberry slices, marshmallows, and graham cracker pieces for a pretty garnish. For an optional ingredient: Break up about 1 cup of graham crackers (not crumbs, but small pieces like in the photo above), and stir into the fluff. If you are going to add the crackers to the salad, make sure you leave them out until just before serving. If you add the crackers before chilling the salad, they will become rather soggy.
You’ll quickly discover that this fantastic strawberry fluff salad will be a family favorite all through spring and summer. It’s always a hit at any pot-luck or cookout and is typically one of the first dishes to disappear!
Here is a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this fabulous Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad:
- Cream Cheese
- Powdered Sugar
- Strawberry Jell-o
- Frozen Whipped Topping, like Cool Whip
- Fresh Strawberries
- Mini Marshmallows
- Graham Crackers
If you’re loving this awesome strawberry fluff salad, check out some of my other delicious summer salad recipes:
Here’s the easy, delicious recipe for this fantastic Strawberry Fluff Salad recipe:
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg., cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 2 c. milk
- 1 (3 oz.) pkg., strawberry Jell-o
- 1 (8 oz.) container, frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 3 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
- 3 c. mini marshmallows
- Graham Crackers, crumbled (about 1 large cracker)
- Strawberry slices
- Mini Marshmallows
- With a hand or stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, dissolve the Jell-o into the milk. With the mixer running on the lowest speed, slowly and gradually pour the milk mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Mix on low until completely combined. Fold in the whipped topping. Mixture will be slighly thin but creamy. Fold in the strawberries and marshmallows. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours for the fluff to firm up.
- Before serving, transfer the strawberry fluff to a serving bowl, and top with additional strawberry slices, marshmallows, and graham cracker pieces. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.
To add some additional crunch and texture to the salad, stir in 1 cup of crumbled graham cracker pieces into the salad.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Sodium: 2mg