Easy Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe with Jello Mix

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How to make the best ever strawberry fluff salad that can feed a crowd with crushed pineapples, Jello mix, mini marshmallows, fresh strawberries and a creamy whipped topping. Easy recipe that makes a sweet and refreshing no bake dessert with one bowl in 5 minutes or less!

Jello salad is a big deal here in the Midwest. In fact, I can't remember one holiday dinner or church potluck without strawberry cottage cheese Jello salad or some other easy dessert salad on the table.

strawberry fluff in a small glass serving jar with fresh strawberry garnish on top

Although traditional Jello salad uses cottage cheese, I chose to leave it out for this strawberry fluff salad recipe. Cottage cheese adds great flavor, but a lot of people don't care for the texture. Strawberry fluff is so light and fluffy, and it makes the best sweet and refreshing summertime sweet treat you could ask for!

Why You'll Love Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff

  • Strawberry fluff is an easy one bowl recipe that uses just 5 simple ingredients, and you can make it in 5 minutes or less.
  • This is a no bake dessert. That's what's great about fluff salad– you just mix it together, chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours and serve!
  • You can easily double or triple this recipe to feed a crowd. It may look a little weird at first, but I've yet to see anybody dislike this fluff dessert after tasting it.
  • It's the perfect side dish or dessert for any party, large gathering or other special occasions, including summer potlucks, backyard BBQ's, a baby shower, picnics, Easter dinner, baby showers or even family gatherings.
  • Strawberry fluff is so light and refreshing with an unbelievably fluffy texture, and it's practically bursting with sweet, fresh strawberry flavor.
  • Although traditional Jello salad uses cottage cheese, strawberry fluff salad uses NO cottage cheese. It's the perfect recipe for anyone who just can't stand the curdy texture of cottage cheese in their strawberry Jello salad!
strawberry fluff salad ingredients lined out on a white marbled countertop

Ingredients Notes & Substitutions

This recipe uses pretty basic ingredients. You probably already have everything you need…

  • Crushed Pineapples – Strawberry fluff recipes just wouldn't be the same without crushed pineapples. This essential ingredient adds just enough tang to balance out any overpowering sweetness from the other ingredients.
  • Strawberry Gelatin – Although I call for strawberry Jell-O mix for this delicious dessert recipe, you can actually use any flavor you want. In fact, my guys love it when I make this recipe with orange Jello mix and Mandarin oranges, just like my Mandarin orange Jello salad recipe.
  • Mini Marshmallows – I recommend using mini marshmallows for this recipe. Although I use plain mini marshmallows, you can use flavored mini marshmallows if you want.
  • Fresh Strawberries – I prefer fresh strawberries, but you can also use frozen strawberries for this strawberry fluff recipe. Just be sure to let them them thaw out before mixing everything together.
  • Cool Whip – For the sake of convenience, I usually make my strawberry fluff with Cool Whip, but you can also make your own homemade whipped cream. In fact, any whipped topping will work!

How to Make Strawberry Fluff Salad

Before getting started, open and drain the can of crushed pineapples, and set it aside. You'll also want to get your strawberries diced up and ready to go.

diced up strawberries on a large wooden cutting board for making strawberry fluff salad

Instead of using a knife to slice them up, you can also “shred” your strawberries with a cheese grater for fluff salad. Not only is this quicker, but the super fine strawberry shreds will mix into the salad more evenly.

shredding up fresh strawberries for strawberry fluff dessert with a large white cheese grater

Mix Up the Strawberry Fluff

  1. Start by adding the crushed pineapple and strawberry gelatin to a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spatula until fully combined.
  2. Next, gently fold in the marshmallows and diced strawberries.
  3. Lastly, fold in the Cool Whip until everything is well combined. 
  4. That's it! You can eat strawberry fluff immediately, but I recommend covering the large bowl with plastic wrap and letting it chill in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours before serving.
4 step collage showing how to mix up strawberry fluff

I highly recommend letting your strawberry fluff chill for at least a few hours before serving, but if you must serve it immediately, it helps to drain the crushed pineapples and set them in the refrigerator for a couple hours before making this recipe.

How to Serve Strawberry Fluff Dessert

Once chilled, your strawberry fluff is ready to serve! If you're serving it at a party or other special event, you can scoop it out into individual cups for everybody to choose their own.

I like to garnish my strawberry fluff salad with fresh diced strawberries on top. You can also add a big dollop of Cool Whip or whipped cream, and it certainly doesn't hurt to sprinkle a few more mini marshmallows on top.

small wooden spoonful of strawberry fluff salad with diced strawberry garnish on top

Strawberry fluff serves really well alongside mixed berry fruit salad. Sometimes I make mixed berry fruit cups or even tropical fruit cups to go along with it.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Can I make this recipe with sugar-free Jello?

I've not personally tried it, but many of my readers regularly make this recipe diabetic-friendly with sugar-free Jello. You can also use sugar-free Cool Whip and sugar-free mini marshmallows.

How do you store strawberry fluff salad?

I recommend storing your leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This recipe is actually best made ahead and chilled for at least a few hours or overnight before serving.

Can you freeze strawberry fluff?

I don't recommend freezing this recipe. Unfortunately, strawberry fluff salad tends to get mushy when frozen, so I prefer to make it fresh. Thankfully, this recipe is so easy to make that there's really no reason to freeze it.

Recipe Variations

Looking for ways to switch up this retro dessert? Here are a few ideas that come to mind…

  • For a creamier texture, try using instant pudding mix instead of strawberry gelatin mix!
  • Remember, you can use any Jello flavor you want for this recipe. I'm thinking raspberry, cherry, orange, pineapple, or even berry blue. Just be sure to change the fruit accordingly; the sky's the limit when it comes to fluff salad!
  • You can add chopped walnuts, chopped mini pretzels or even crumbled up graham crackers to make this dessert a little bit more interesting.
  • I think this strawberry fluff would make the best no bake Jello pie if you scooped it into a scrumptious pecan nut pie crust, sort of like my no bake strawberry Cool Whip pie recipe.
  • Speaking of pies, I've always wanted to try making this recipe with strawberry pie filling instead of strawberry Jello. I bet that would be soooo good!
strawberry marshmallow fluff in a small glass serving jar with fresh strawberry garnish on top

More Jello Recipes

Around here, we eat a lot of Jello desserts, simply because they're so dang easy! Here are a few more of our favorites…

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strawberry fluff in a small glass serving jar with fresh strawberry garnish on top

Strawberry Fluff Salad

Best ever strawberry fluff salad with Jello mix. Whip up a sweet and refreshing no bake dessert with one bowl in 5 minutes or less!
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Course: Christmas, Dessert, Desserts, Easter, Fruit Desserts, No Bake Desserts, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by adding the crushed pineapple and strawberry gelatin to a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spatula until fully combined.
  • Next, gently fold in the marshmallows and diced strawberries.
  • Lastly, fold in the Cool Whip until everything is well combined. 
  • That's it! I recommend covering the large bowl with plastic wrap and chilling your strawberry fluff salad in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours before serving.*

Notes

*If you must serve your strawberry marshmallow fluff immediately, it helps to drain your can of crushed pineapples and set them in the refrigerator for a couple hours before making this recipe.
How do you store strawberry fluff salad?
Strawberry fluff is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I don't recommend freezing this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg
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