Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe! Homemade Ultimate Guide

Strawberry Fluff Salad is a potluck classic that is loaded with strawberry crust, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, and fresh strawberries! This recipe concoction is a sweet treat that’s part salad, part dessert, and all-around deliciousness!

Strawberry Fluff Salad

What is the Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe?

Now, before you scrunch up your nose thinking, “Salad? With strawberries?” – just hear me out. This cloud-like dessert is not particularly a salad. It contains exactly 0% lettuce.

This Strawberry Fluff Salad is nothing but delicious, from the sweet food to the fresh strawberries juicy strawberries, and delicious mini marshmallows are coated in a pudding and jello mixture, creating a light and sweet treat.

Cool off after a long day in the sun with this refreshing and chilled snack! For another tasty dish, try my Watergate Salad, made with pistachio jello and crushed pineapple, or for a fun twist, try my Banana Split Fluff Salad!

FIVE REASONS WHY I LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Easy Prepare! This recipe takes more time to set and chill than it does to put together. The hardest part is waiting for it to set in the fridge!
  • Perfect For Spring dish! This recipe is light and refreshing, especially when served straight from the fridge. Not only is it refreshing after hanging out in the sun all day, but it’s even better for springtime gatherings, like business parties!
  • Easy Potluck Dish! If you have also found yourself waiting until the absolute last minute to start making a dish to bring to a potluck, you’re not alone! This is one of my favorites to toss together the night before a party.
  • Dessert OR Side! Now don’t knock this one down until you try it! Yes, Strawberry Fluff Salad is perfect to enjoy as dessert, but it’s also a great side dish!
  • Fresh Strawberries! Juice season is right around the corner, so when you accidentally pick too many strawberries, you know they can be used well! I hate picking too many juicy fruits in the field and not being able to enjoy them before they go bad!

Ingredients of Strawberry Fluff Salad?

Most fluff salads, including this one, are a combination of pantry ingredients and either Cool Whip or whipped cream. For this Strawberry Fluff, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Cool Whip, can use lite
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • strawberry pie filling
  • crushed pineapple, well-drained
  • Mini marshmallows, use the multi-colored ones if possible
  • pecans, optional
  • fresh strawberries

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY FLUFF SALAD?

Remember when I said the most challenging part of this recipe was the waiting part? I wasn’t lying!

  1. In a large bowl, combine hot water with the Jello mix. Stir it well until the powder is dissolved. Once the powder is mixed, add the cold water to the pot and place it in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes, add the vanilla-crusted mix and stir well. Back to the bowl to the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, remove the bowl from the fridge and carefully cover in the Cool Whip. When folding in the Cool Whip, be gentle and only fold until there are no more streaks of white in the pot. Over folding will cause the mixture to deflate.
  4. Cover in the fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple, and mini marshmallows. Back the dish to the refrigerator for 2 hours to allow the flavors to come together and the texture to thicken up. After 2 hours, you may serve and enjoy.
Strawberry Fluff Salad

ALL ABOUT STRAWBERRY FLUFF SALAD

Taste: Get ready to enjoy this dish with a lot of taste! Strawberry Fluff Salad is loaded with many taste flavors, from the strawberries and crushed pineapple to the Jello and pudding!

Texture: Strawberry Fluff Salad will give you a perfect bite of textures every time! Cool Whip combines with pudding to create a fluffy, luscious base leading right into strawberries and bouncy mini marshmallows!

 

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries?

The recipe below calls for fresh strawberries in addition to strawberry crust filling. The strawberry pie filling is a must for the recipe but you can either use the fresh strawberries or replace them with creamy, previously cooled strawberries.

They won’t look as fresh and you’ll need to blot dry so the extra moisture doesn’t make the salad. My idea would be to leave this recipe if you can’t have or don’t have fresh strawberry pie.

Can I Make Sugar_Free Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe?

Absolutely yes! Feel free to make sugar-free swaps for the Cool Whip, Jello, and pudding.

WHY IS MY SALAD WATERY?

Your salad may be watery due to the fresh strawberries in the recipe. To fix this, give the salad a nice mix before serving, and be sure to drain the can of crushed pineapple extremely well before adding it to the recipe.

CAN I ADD A “CRUNCH” TO THIS RECIPE?

This recipe is so easy to change up and make swaps to your liking! Nuts, such as almond slivers or chopped pistachios, would be a great addition. You can also add dry coconut or more dry fruit, like sliced bananas.

HOW TO STORE STRAWBERRY FLUFF SALAD

Store this Strawberry Fluff Salad recipe in the refrigerator in a covered pot container for up to 3 days. After 3 days, the dish becomes too soft and the cream in the recipe begins to separate.

I would not recommend freezing this recipe.

 

What to Serve with Desert Salads

We usually serve a fluff salad as a dessert. It can be made in advance so it’s nice to be able to just pull it out after everyone has eaten and dessert is ready to go. It’s a favorite with mac and cheese or a tater to the casserole.

If it’s more of a potluck or party situation, I just set it out with all the rest of the items and it’s eaten right alongside the main dinner. It goes great with BBQ chicken made with our favorite chicken marinade and a broccoli salad.

Recipe!

Strawberry Fluff Salad

Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe!

Strawberry Fluff Salad is a potluck classic that isloaded with strawberry crust, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, and fresh strawberries!This recipe concoction is a sweet treat that’s part salad, part dessert, andall-around deliciousness!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7 cup
Calories 201 kcal

Equipment

  • large blow

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounce strawberry jello mix
  • 10 ounce bag mini mar shallows
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3.4 ounce vanilla pudding
  • 8 ounce tub cool whip
  • 24 ounce fresh strawberry hulled halved and sliced
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple drained well

Instructions
 

  •  In a large bowl, combine hot water with the Jello mix. Stir it well until the powder is dissolved. Once the powder is mixed, add the cold water to the pot and place it in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, add the vanilla-crusted mix and stir well. Back to the bowl to the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes.
  •  After 20 minutes, remove the bowl from the fridge and carefully cover it in the Cool Whip. When folding in the Cool Whip, be gentle and only fold until there are no more streaks of white in the pot. Overfolding will cause the mixture to deflate.
  • Cover in the fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple, and mini marshmallows. Back the dish to the refrigerator for 2 hours to allow the flavors to come together and the texture to thicken up. After 2 hours, you may serve and enjoy.

Notes

Strawberry Fluff Salad is a potluck classic that is loaded with strawberry crust, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, and fresh strawberries! This recipe concoction is a sweet treat that’s part salad, part dessert, and all-around deliciousness!
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