You can never go wrong with a classic recipe like this Cherry Fluff Salad. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make and a quick toss together. A deliciously sweet and fruity side dish for most occasions.
We love making this delicious treat because it’s so versatile. You can serve it in bowls with spoons, or you can dip cookies of all sorts and even pretzels into it. However you choose to serve it, everyone always loves it.
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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It only uses a few simple ingredients.
- It’s a semi-homemade treat that’s super easy to make.
- Everyone loves the sweet, fruity flavor of this fluff!
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You’ll only need a handful of ingredients to make this recipe, and they’re all easily found at your local grocery store. Check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.
- Cherry pie filling
- Crushed pineapple, drained
- Whipped cream
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Mini marshmallows
- Sweetened shredded coconut
🔪 How to Make Cherry Fluff
Making this recipe is just about as easy as it gets. It only takes 1 step to make. Seriously, that’s it!
Step 1: Mix the Ingredients
Combine the whipped cream and cherry pie filling in a large bowl. Then, add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Maraschino Cherries – Try adding chopped and drained maraschino cherries to the mix.
- Nuts – Chopped pecans or walnuts work well in this recipe.
- Whipped Cream – Use sour cream, cottage cheese, or cream cheese in place of whipped cream.
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- Mixing cups
- Mixing bowl
- Spatula or wooden spoon
You can store this fluff for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. It’s not recommended that you freeze this recipe.
- Before serving, give this recipe a good fold-over several times to redistribute the moisture that usually moves to the top of the dish as it sits.
- The marshmallows absorb liquid and soften as time goes by. Don’t be alarmed, it actually tastes delicious!
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Cherry fluff is a dessert made with a base of whipped topping, cream cheese, sour cream, or cottage cheese mixed with cherry pie filling or maraschino cherries, sweetened condensed milk, crushed pineapple, sweetened coconut, and sometimes nuts.
If you just made it, you probably didn’t drain the crushed pineapple well enough. If you’ve had it in the fridge for a couple of days, it’s a natural occurrence. Just mix it up again, and you’re good to go.
Anything! This recipe is a classic that makes appearances on tables at everything from potlucks and summer parties to holiday gatherings.
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📌 PIN IT!!
Want to make this recipe? Print the recipe card below, or pin this recipe, so you can find it later.
- large mixing bowl
- whisk or wooden spoon
- 21 ounces Cherry Pie Filling
- 20 ounces Crushed Pineapple drained
- 8 ounces whipped topping
- 7 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 ½ cups Mini Marshmallows
- 1 cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, starting with the whipped cream followed by the cherry pie filling.
- Mix well and serve immediately, or cover and store in the fridge until it’s ready to be served.
- This recipe has quite a few variations it’s obtained over the many years it’s been around. Some people like to use maraschino cherries instead of pie filling.
- Other add-ins often include sour cream, cottage cheese, chopped pecans, etc.
- Be sure to cover your salad with plastic wrap when storing in the fridge so it doesn’t dry out. Store for up to a week.
- Do not freeze.
- When storing it in the fridge, you’ll want to give it a good fold over a few times, just to distribute the moisture that has usually gone to the top.
- After being stored a few days, the marshmallows will absorb the liquid and soften, so don’t be alarmed if this happens. It’s normal and actually results in a bolder flavor, in my opinion.