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Cherry Salad

Cherry Salad is a super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!


Cherry Salad

I’m a huge fan of these dessert salads. Add a big helping to your dinner plate or save it to enjoy as a dessert. Either way, it’s delicious. 

This Cherry Salad tastes like a Cherry Cheesecake. It’s rich, sweet and so satisfying to any sweet tooth. I usually don’t have seconds because it is so filling. Even a little bit in a bowl is enough for me.

This is a vintage type of recipe that I remember my great-grandmother making for family dinners. I think almost every family has one of these dessert salads in their family cookbook.

Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

Cherry Salad Ingredients

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    The star ingredient is, of course, the cherries. I use a can of cherry pie filling versus fresh cherries here. 

    Supporting ingredients include walnuts (love their crunch!), pineapple chunks, mini marshmallows and Cool Whip. It also uses a can of sweetened condensed milk. 

    You can make your own stabilized whipped cream if you can’t find Cool Whip.

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    If you aren’t a big fan of either the pineapple or walnuts, leave them out. You could also substitute other nuts or fruit in their place if you like.

    Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

    How to Make Cherry Salad

    It couldn’t be any easier! You could also call it Cherry Dump Salad because you literally just dump the ingredients in a bowl and serve.

    Grab a large bowl and add the cherry pie filling, sweetened condensed milk, walnuts, pineapple chunks, Cool Whip and mini marshmallows to it. Stir to combine.

    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

    Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

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    Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

    Where to Serve Cherry Salad

    Like I mentioned, Cherry Salad is so versatile. Consider serving it at:

    • BBQs
    • Potlucks
    • Parties
    • For dessert
    • Family dinners
    Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

    Dessert Salad Recipes

    I have several dessert salad recipes you might also enjoy.

    • Creamy Fruit Salad – A dreamy salad/dessert that will be a surefire hit! It’s easy to make and so tasty to eat.
    • Orange Creamsicle Salad – Sweet, creamy, fluffy and oh so good! This old-fashioned recipe will be a hit at your family’s dinner table.
    • Sunshine Salad – A delicious fruit salad that is only 2 Weight Watcher’s Points Plus per one cup serving. 
    • Snickers Salad – This easy recipe is made with vanilla pudding, green apples, Cool Whip, caramel and loads of Snickers bars.

    You’ll also enjoy this Banana Pudding Fluff, Lemon Blueberry Fluff, Mango Banana Marshmallow Salad, Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff, Berry Cheesecake Fluff, Tropical Fluff Salad, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Rocky Road Fluff, Strawberry Fluff Salad, Grape Salad and Cherry Pudding Cake.

    Cherry Salad - Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

    Try Cherry Cookies.

    4.44 from 286 votes

    Cherry Salad

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 8
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Chill Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
    Super simple dessert with only six ingredients that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Perfect for potlucks and parties!

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 can cherry pie filling 21oz/540ml can
    • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14oz/300ml can
    • 1 cup walnuts chopped
    • 1 can pineapple chunks 20oz/540ml can, drained
    • 4 cups Cool Whip thawed
    • 2 cups mini marshmallows

    Instructions

    • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
    • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve.

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cherry salad, dessert salad

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    78 Comments

    1. Need new recipes to try especially now that summer is coming

    2. Can I subitue for the sweeten condense milk

    3. Jeanette Brown says:

      Can I use fresh strawberries in place of Cherry pie

    4. Joe Lovell says:

      Put it in a graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust and freeze it.

    5. Can I use fresh cherries for this

      1. Can I use fresh cherries

        1. You can, but the pits in the cherries might be a bit annoying when you eat it. It also won’t be as sweet of a dessert.

      2. I don’t think so because the sauce in the pie filling is part of what makes the salad the way it is.

    6. Do you drain the pineapple?

    7. Can the cherry salad be put in the freezer for a later date? If so, for how long?
      Thank you

    8. Can frozen pineapple chunks be used? Or, can a can of crushed pineapple be substituted for chunked pineapple?

      1. I would use the crushed pineapple over the frozen pineapple. Make sure to get as much juice out before adding it so the salad doesn’t become watery.

    9. I’m making this Cherry Salad and you call for 4 cups of Cool Whip = 2 16oz containers, right? I am only going to use 1 of these 16 oz containers because otherwise it will be way too much Cool Whip! It does taste delicious without the extra 2 cups of CW.

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