Dessert, Fourth of July, Summer

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad Recipe

This delicious recipe for red white and blue cheesecake salad is festive and delicious. It’s the perfect light dessert for a summer night!

If you’re looking for the perfect patriotic dessert for your summer barbeque, try this red white and blue cheesecake salad recipe! This easy recipe contains delicious berries, whipped topping, and cheesecake pudding. The result is a light and fluffy dessert with a bit of patriotic flair! This salad goes viral on social media every year because it is so simple and delightful!

Red white and blue cheesecake salad in a small white bowl.

Add this Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad to the dessert table at your summer potluck and watch it disappear. This cool and refreshing red, white, and blue dessert is always a huge hit! It’s perfect for any Memorial Day or Fourth of July celebration.

What Is a Cheesecake Salad?

This red white and blue fruit salad with Cool Whip and cheesecake pudding doesn’t contain any leafy greens. But it is still referred to as a “salad.” These salads are made with fresh berries and a sweet dairy component. They are a popular dessert during the summer. Creamy fruit salad is especially popular in the American Midwest and the South. 

This particular recipe is called a cheesecake salad because it contains cheesecake pudding. The pudding gives the dish a cheesecake flavor without the heaviness of cream cheese.

Try pairing this patriotic dessert with a Red White and Blue Charcuterie Board!

Overhead photo of cheesecake salad in a small white bowl topped with strawberries, blueberries, and spongecake.

Ingredients for Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad

One of the best things about this berry cheesecake salad recipe is that it only requires a few simple ingredients.

  • Cheesecake Flavored Instant Pudding – Use an instant cheesecake pudding mix to create a creamy and delicious base for this dessert. The pudding gives the salad a delicious cheesecake flavor, but it isn’t overwhelming. The JELL-O brand is my favorite!
  • Whipped Topping – A container of whipped topping makes this dessert salad light and fluffy. Substitute for homemade whipped cream if you prefer.
  • Strawberries – Dice fresh strawberries into bite-size pieces. Fresh strawberries are best for this dish. Frozen fruit will melt over time and make the fruit salad watery. So fresh is best!
  • Blueberries – Fresh whole blueberries add the blue to red white and blue. Remember to use fresh and not frozen!
  • Marshmallows – Miniature fluffy marshmallows are the perfect addition to this delicious dessert salad. 
  • Yellow Spongecake – Pick up a package of ready-to-serve yellow spongecakes at the grocery store. These are also called dessert shells. These are great crumbled into the cheesecake salad for a cake-like consistency.

How to Make Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad

This 4th of July Cheesecake Salad is a fast, but delicious recipe. It combines fresh fruit with whipped topping and rich cheesecake pudding. It’s the perfect patriotic treat for a hot summer day.

Step One – First, mix up a package of instant cheesecake pudding in a large bowl. Typically pudding needs about 5 minutes to set in the refrigerator. The standard instant pudding mix yields about two cups of pudding.

Step Two – Mix a whipped topping container into the pudding. Just mix by hand, no need for an electric mixer!

Step Three – Next, dice 1 to 2 cups of fresh strawberries and add them to the cheesecake mixture. Then, add the fresh blueberries and mini marshmallows. Stir to combine. 

Step Four – Crumble two cups of yellow spongecake into small pieces and mix it into the creamy pudding mixture with the fruit.

Step Five – Serve this red white and blue summer salad in a clear glass bowl or trifle dish. Or make mini versions served in small mason jars. Top it with more strawberries, blueberries, and spongecake crumbs.

Large clear glass bowl of red white and blue cheesecake salad.

Can I Make This Dessert Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes! Prepare this salad up to two hours before serving for optimal freshness. It’s great for last-minute Fourth of July celebrations or a summer barbeque. 

If you’d like to make it more ahead of time, prepare the different components separately. Make the cheesecake pudding and whipped topping mixture first. Store that in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Rinse and chop the fruit and store it in a separate container. On the day you plan to serve the salad, combine all of the ingredients. It will only take 5-10 minutes. This keeps the salad tasting fresh and delicious. And it saves you a bit of day-of prep work.

How to Store Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad

Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Keep in mind that the cake will become soggy and the juices from the fruit will leach into the fluffy pudding mixture.

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red white and blue cheesecake salad

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad

This delicious recipe for red white and blue cheesecake salad is festive and delicious. It's the perfect light dessert for a summer night!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine salad
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cheesecake pudding prepared
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 2 cups strawberries chopped
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups yellow spongecake crumbled

Instructions
 

  • Mix up 1 package of instant cheesecake pudding. Yields 2 cups of pudding.
  • Mix a container of whipped topping into the pudding by hand.
  • Chop strawberries and add them to the cheesecake mixture.
  • Add the fresh blueberries and mini marshmallows. Stir to combine.
  • Crumble two cups of yellow spongecake. Add the cake to the cheesecake salad and stir to combine.
  • Serve in a clear glass bowl or trifle dish and top with additional strawberries, blueberries, and spongecake crumbles.
Keyword dessert salad, fruit salad

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