Fresh Fruit Salad is one of the seven wonders of summer. And my Cheesecake Fruit Salad is right up there with the best of them.
I recently went grocery shopping, and went nuts on all the reasonably-priced fresh fruit. What to do with all the fresh fruit? Create a great fruit salad recipe!
You will find that most cheesecake fruit salad recipes actually contain a pudding. Not mine! Mine actually has cream cheese in the dressing for a more authentic cheesecake flavor.
Here is what makes this a great Cheesecake Fruit Salad recipe:
- This easy recipe requires 15 minutes of your time.
- You decide on what fresh fruit you want to add. Use what you have on hand or need to use up.
- I use 100% real cream cheese–no imitation pudding mixture.
To make this recipe, you will need:
- fresh fruit – I used grapes, cherries, blueberries and strawberries. But you use what you like
- celery – finely diced
- nuts – I used chopped pecans, but you use what you like
- coconut – flaked
- cream cheese – softened
- yogurt – I like light
- sour cream – I like light
- sugar – white
- brown sugar
Come along as we make this easy cheesecake fruit salad recipe.
A full printable recipe is available in the recipe card toward the end of this post.
To prepare the dressing, cream the two sugars into the very soft cream cheese as shown below.
Whisk the yogurt, sour cream and vanilla into the creamed mixture as shown below.
To a very large bowl, combine the prepared fresh fruit, the chopped nuts, the diced celery, the flaked coconut along with the prepared dressing. Mix well and chill at least one hour before serving.
Can I use canned or frozen fruit?
Yes; if you use frozen fruit, thaw it completely in order to be able to drain very well before adding to the salad.
In addition, if you use canned fruit, drain it well also.
When should I serve this salad?
This salad works in so many ways. Serve it as a side salad, as a great dessert or as a snack.
When fresh fruit is not an option, follow the above recommendations for canned or frozen fruit.
How long will this salad keep in the refrigerator?
This salad will last a couple of days in the refrigerator. However, you may need to drain off any excess liquid.
- Be sure to cream the sugars into the cream cheese. This helps to melt the sugar crystals. You do not want a grainy dressing.
- If you use fresh cherries as I did, you will want to remove the pit. I just sliced each cherry down the middle all the way around and pried the pit out. Of course, if you have a cherry pitter, that would be the best way.
- Since this recipe makes such a large bowl of fruit salad, it is enough to feed a crowd. But you could cut the recipe in half to make a smaller batch.
If you like this recipe, please like and share it–Thanks!
This easy recipe will quickly become your go-to fruit salad recipe.
- 9 - 10 cups fresh fruit I used grapes, blueberries, sliced strawberries and pitted cherries
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 ounces sour cream
- 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup flaked coconut
- 3/4 cup finely diced celery
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts I used pecans
In a very large bowl or stock pot, cream the sugar and brown sugar with the softened cream cheese until a smooth texture is achieved.
To this mixture, whisk in the yogurt, sour cream and vanilla.
Fold in all the remaining ingredients, and mix well. Chill at least one hour before serving.
If you made this recipe, please let me know what you thought in the comments, and give it a star rating. xoxo Renea
After you try my Cheesecake Fruit Salad, it will also be your go-to recipe.
For another great fruit salad recipe, try my Patriotic Berry Salad.
Here are some great accompanying dessert recipes that would go very well with this fruit salad:
- That Skinny Chick Can Bake has a Best Angel Food Cake Recipe.
- Delicious Everyday has a Vegan Lemon Cake.
- Miss in the Kitchen has a Million Dollar Pound Cake.