Creamy Fruit Salad is simple, fast and easy. All you need is a variety fruit, Cream Cheese and Marshmallow Cream. Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, Apples.. you name it! All of the delicious colorful fruit brought together with Cream Cheese and Marshmallow Cream.
Cream Cheese Fruit Salad PERFECT for Summer!
Fruit salad really deserves it’s place in all seasons but this fruit salad in particular is perfect for summertime and potlucks.
The sweet and tart from the cream cheese and marshmallow cream really accentuate the sweetness of the ripe fruit.
Kids (and adults!) can never get enough. This salad is always one of the firsts to disappear at family parties.
This salad is great to make ahead of time and, honestly, only gets better as it sits in the fridge. The strawberries kind of let off a little juice and give the creamy coating an extra fruity kick.
I love that because of the cream cheese and marshmallow cream, the fruit stays together. No more grapes rolling off of plates, hitting the floor and then calling the 5 second rule. 😉
Besides all of those wonderful reason that this salad is simply AMAZING, this fruit salad tastes like dessert, but passes as a salad. That is an automatic win in my book.
Creamy Fruit Salad Ingredients
- Pineapple Chunks – I like to use fresh!
- Strawberries – quartered
- Red Grapes
- Cream Cheese – room temperature
- Marshmallow Cream
How to pick the perfect fruit for this Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe
Having ripe fruit is essential to create a perfect fruit salad. Under-ripe fruit is harder, extremely tart and makes an overall different taste to the salad. There are a few tips and tricks when it comes to picking the best fruit, though.
For grapes, pick ones that are firm and securely attached to their stems. They should also be heavy for their size. This indicates a super juicy grape.
For Pineapple, they should have a sweet smell up on the leaf end. You should be able to pull out a leaf quite easily, this indicates a ripe fruit. The pineapple should also feel heavy for it’s size which will tell you it’s a juicy one!
To pick the best strawberries look for the package that has a deep red strawberries that are uniform in color. Always make sure to check the bottom for crushed or spoiled strawberries.
How to make the Perfect Creamy Fruit Salad
- First to make the creamy coating, you’ll need room temperature cream cheese. If you are anything like me, you never remember to set the cream cheese out in time for it to actually soften and come to room temperature.
Good thing I have a trick for that, right? Cutting the cream cheese up into cubes helps bring the cream cheese up to room temperature much faster.
If you are needing it, say, 10 minutes ago, you can warm up a microwave rice pack and lay the heated pack onto the packaged cream cheese. That should do the trick.
- Once you have room temperature cream cheese, use either a stand mixer or a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese and marshmallow cream together until smooth.
- The creamy coating is all ready to be folded into the fresh fruit!
- As far as prepping the fruit, I always leave the grapes whole, I quarter the strawberries and then I cut the pineapple into small wedges. I always use fresh pineapple (because that stuff is like literal magic!) but canned pineapple will work well too.
Like I said above, this salad is great to make a day ahead if needed. The strawberries will leak a little bit of juice, but it really just adds to the deliciousness of the salad. It isn’t hard to prep the fruit, make the creamy coating and then keep them separate until just before serving either. Whichever way works best for you is the way to go!
How to store Fruit Salad with Cream Cheese
To store fruit salad with cream cheese, transfer the fruit salad to an airtight container and cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Use the fruit salad within 3-4 days to ensure that the cream cheese does not spoil. It’s important to keep the fruit salad covered to prevent it from drying out and to keep it fresh.
Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe FAQs
There are no specific fruits that should not be mixed in a fruit salad and is a matter of personal preferences. There is some fruit that some people avoid adding to their fruit salad because it changes the texture or taste. Bananas, apples and pears can turn brown easily and get mushy when combined with other fruits. Kiwis release a lot of juice when mixed with other fruits and can change the texture.
Many fruits go well with cream cheese. Some popular options include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, pears, apples, grapes, melon, and pineapple.
The best thing to do to prevent a fruit salad from going brown is to cover it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge until ready to serve. It is best to cut the fruit right before serving in your fruit salad. Try to limit the time in between creating the fruit salad and actually serving it.
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Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe
- 2 cups pineapple chunks I like to use fresh!
- 2 cups strawberries quartered
- 2 cups red grapes
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 7 oz marshmallow cream
- Wash and prep the fruit. Toss the fruit together in a large bowl.
- Cream the cream cheese and marshmallow cream together either using a stand mixer or handheld beaters.
- Fold the creamy coating into the prepared fruit.
- Either serve immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to serve.