Cherry Pie Salad Recipe

This sugary sweet retro dessert is making a comeback!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated November 26, 2022

If you’re stuck on what dessert to bring to a party, try this Cherry Pie Salad Recipe. This classic recipe only takes five minutes to prepare and requires just six ingredients.

Cherry Pie Salad Recipe

Dessert salads were a staple of 1960s cuisine, and are newly back in style. But believe it or not, dessert salads have been around as far back as ancient Greek and Roman times!

Most dessert salad recipes consist of fruit in a creamy sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip dressing. The most popular fruits to use are cherries, pineapple chunks, and grapes.

This Cherry Pie Salad uses canned cherry pie filling which consists of cherries in syrup. It also includes unique ingredients like marshmallows for more sweetness and pecans for nuttiness and crunch.

This Cherry Pie Salad is sometimes known as cherry dump salad or cherry fluff salad. No matter the name, they all contain cherry pie filling sweetened with condensed milk and whipped topping.

This no bake dessert is the perfect summer salad, because it doesn’t even require you to use the oven. Simply mix your ingredients, chill, and bring with you to your next potluck or party!

All About The Cherry Pie Salad Ingredients

Cherry Pie Filling

Cherry pie filling is usually found in cans in your grocer’s baking section. This popular mixture contains sugar, cherries, cornstarch, and sometimes artificial color.

The cornstarch in the mixture helps thicken the cherry juices, so it’s perfect in a pie. Cherry pie filling is also commonly used in cakes and muffins!

Cherry pie filling also makes an excellent topping for foods like waffles and pancakes. If you have a sweet tooth, you might even warm it up and serve it over ice cream.

Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk is made by heating milk until the water content is reduced by half. Sugar is added to thicken the mixture and make it sweet.

Sweetened condensed milk is popularly used in Asian desserts like mango sago and Vietnamese coffee.

It can be used in tarts, pies, custards, and any other dish where you would use cream. It has a lower moisture content than regular cream so it helps make dishes thick, creamy and sweet!

This product is canned and shelf stable, which means no refrigeration is necessary until it’s been opened.

Pineapple Tidbits

Pineapple is versatile enough for pizza, stir-fries, and desserts! You can find fresh pineapple almost anywhere, but canned pineapple is popular because there’s no prep required.

Pineapple tastes sweet, juicy, and tart—much like cherries! Because of its similarity to cherries, it is the perfect complimentary fruit in this recipe.

I’m using canned pineapple tidbits for this cherry salad, rather than sliced or crushed pineapple. Because the pineapple is already in pieces, all you have to do is drain the fruit juice.

Whipped Topping

Whipped topping can be found in the freezer section of grocery stores, sometimes under the brand “Cool Whip”. Cool Whip is mostly made of emulsified palm oil and sugar.

Whipped topping has fewer calories than whipped cream, and is less rich but sweeter. Because it keeps its shape, it’s excellent for layered desserts and pies.

In this cherry salad recipe, the whipped topping acts as the dressing. It also helps hold all the ingredients together.

Easy Tips for the Best Cherry Pie Salad

  • Take the time to blend all the ingredients with the whipped topping. This ensures that every bite has the same amount of fruit, pecans, and mini marshmallows.

  • Swap out the pineapple and pecans with other fruits and nuts if you want. Chopped walnuts or almonds are delicious in this recipe!

  • Drain the canned pineapple tidbits before adding them to the cherry salad. Any excess pineapple juice will cause your salad to become watery, and the dairy products will separate.

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Cherry Pie Salad Recipe

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time0 min
  • Total Time2h5 min
  • Servings10
  • Yield10

Level: Easy

Chilling: 2h




  1. Drain the Pineapple

    Use the strainer to drain the syrup or fruit juice from the pineapple tidbits. Transfer the drained pineapple to a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Mix Cherry Pie Filling and Condensed Milk

    Empty the can of cherry pie filling into a large bowl. Add the can of condensed milk.

    Stir the two ingredients together until combined.

  3. Add Pineapple, Marshmallows, and Nuts

    Add the pineapple tidbits, mini marshmallows, and chopped pecans.

  4. Fold in Whipped Topping

    Add the thawed whipped topping to the bowl. Gently fold the ingredients with the whipped topping until evenly combined.

  5. Chill and Serve

    Cover the Cherry Pie Salad with cling wrap. Refrigerate for two hours to set, then serve.

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Ingredient Substitutions for Cherry Pie Salad

There are so many ways to put your own spin on this Cherry Pie Salad. Feel free to swap out any ingredients you want—just not the cherries!

  • Instead of pineapple, you can use other fruits like mandarin oranges or bananas. Maraschino cherries can also be used instead of cherry pie filling—the salad will be less sweet this way.

  • You can also make homemade cherry pie filling with fresh cherries. Just add pitted cherries to a saucepan with cornstarch and sugar and let them cook down until they’re syrupy.

  • I love the taste of whipped topping, but you can swap it for regular whipped cream. The texture won’t be as thick and firm, but the flavor will be much richer.

  • Make sure you add vanilla extract and powdered sugar to your whipped cream so it tastes sweet! Sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese are other popular “dressings” for this salad.

Storage Instruction for Cherry Pie Salad

Cover Cherry Pie Salad with cling wrap and keep it refrigerated. It will stay fresh for 3-5 days.

Unfortunately, this recipe doesn’t freeze well. Due to the dairy in the condensed milk and whipped topping, the dressing will separate when it thaws.

Because this recipe is quick to make and uses shelf-stable ingredients, it’s best to make it the day of serving.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 324Calories
  • 14.7g Fat
  • 46.5g Carbs
  • 3.9gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat14.7g 19%
Saturated Fat7.2g 36%
Cholesterol10mg 3%
Sodium60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate46.5g 17%
Dietary Fiber1.4g 5%
Total Sugars26.7g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium103mg 8%
Iron1mg 3%
Potassium233mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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