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Cherry Salad (6 Ingredient Pink Fluff)

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Beat the summer heat with a classic Cherry Salad! Also called Pink Fluff, it is a staple at potlucks and cookouts. Just 6 ingredients and only 5 minutes to make!
cherry salad topped with whipped cream and cherries

Old fashioned Cherry Salad, also called Pink Fluff, is a staple at potlucks and summer cookouts. This classic recipe has just 6 simple ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make! It is the perfect make-ahead salad to beat the heat of summer!

While this is called a “salad” it is really a dessert. The way I look at it, anything that has Cool Whip as a main ingredient is a dessert! This refreshing summer dessert is sweet, creamy, and delicious, with an explosion of fruity flavors.

cherry salad topped with whipped cream and cherries

This is a classic family favorite dessert that my grandma used to make. It is especially popular in the midwest and is also called cherry dump salad, cherry fluff salad, and cherry pie salad. A can of cherry pie filling is the key ingredient that gives this easy summer salad its pretty pink color.

And it is a simple dump and chill recipe, which means I can make it even when I have no time or energy for cooking. All I have to do is open a few cans and stir everything together. So when you need a dessert for a family meal or a no-bake potluck dessert, give this easy recipe a try!

Looking for more easy, no-bake desserts? Check out Lemonade Pie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna.

Only 6 Simple Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Cherry Pie Filling 
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Whipped Topping – Like Cool Whip
  • Pecans – Use walnuts if you prefer, or leave out the nuts completely.
ingredients for cherry salad

How to Make Cherry Salad

This is a simple dump-and-go recipe! Just open up all of the containers and get out a large salad bowl.

Mix the cherry filling, sweetened condensed milk, and pineapple together first. Then fold in the marshmallows, whipped topping, and pecans.

The side dish needs to chill for about an hour before serving.

Serving Ideas

Serving this is easy, just put the bowl of salad out on the table and let everyone enjoy. While this pink fluff is called a salad, it is more of a dessert. So add some whipped topping and more cherries to make it even sweeter!

I love to take this to a potluck or summer cookout, and I usually make a double batch to feed a crowd. It will also be a hit at family gatherings or a holiday dinner like Christmas.

spoonful of cherry salad

How to Store

This creamy cherry salad needs to be refrigerated. If you take it to a cookout, keep it in a cooler until time to serve.

Tips for the Best Cherry Salad

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

You can change things up and leave out the mini marshmallows or nuts. 

If you don’t like pineapple, then a can of mandarin oranges will work as a substitute.

Make sure you chill it for at least an hour before serving, so the flavors can deepen.

Garnish with whipped cream and fresh cherries for a beautiful presentation.

bowls of pink fluff on a table

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Cherry Salad Recipe (Pink Fluff)

Beat the summer heat with a classic Cherry Salad! Also called Pink Fluff, it is a staple at potlucks and cookouts. Just 6 ingredients and only 5 minutes to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 12
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple drained well
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 container (8 oz) whipped topping thawed
  • 1 cup pecans chopped roughly, optional

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the pecans. Drain the pineapple juice from the crushed pinapple.
  • In a large bowl, stir together cherry pie filling, sweetened condensed milk and pineapple.
  • Fold in the marshmallows, whipped topping and pecans.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Overnight is fine. The dish will keep, refrigerated, for 2-3 days.

Notes

  • You can change things up and leave out the mini marshmallows or nuts. 
  • If you want a chunkier texture use a can of pineapple chunks instead of crushed pineapple.
  • If you don’t like pineapple, then a can of mandarin oranges will work as a substitute.
  • Make sure you chill it for at least an hour before serving, so the flavors can deepen.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and fresh cherries for a beautiful presentation.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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By on May 24th, 2022

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