Strawberries and Cream Jello Dessert Salad Recipe

This smooth Strawberries and Cream Jello Dessert Salad is light and fluffy - perfect for summer parties or a fun dessert for any holiday! Top with whipped cream and strawberries to make this an instant favorite.

    Here’s a question that might spark a huge debate –

Jello: Yes or No?!

For us (living in Utah- the Jello capital of the world), Jello is a definite yes!!

And in our family, jello was not just a dessert, it was also a side dish!!

Jello is definitely not something that we eat everyday, but more for special occasions, potluck dinners, and big family Sunday dinners. We ALL love it!

While I know that many of you despise Jello, I also know that there are many of you who love it as much as I do! Our Orange Jello Fluff went viral after we posted it in 2011 and many of you commented that your mom or grandma used to make it when you were growing up . . . it’s a recipe that has stood the test of time!

Here’s a yummy salad that came together after some experimenting with strawberries and cream cheese. It really would be the perfect dessert after a yummy dinner with family and friends.

If you are looking for more Fluffy Jello Salads, we have all kinds on our blog: Raspberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad, Blueberry Fluff Salad, Raspberry Fluff Jello Salad, 5 Minute Fluffy Yogurt Fruit Salad, and our 5 Minute Pistachio Salad. Be sure to check them out!

What makes this salad so fluffy?

What makes the salad so fluffy is the mixture of the Jello mix with the pudding mix – it makes everything so smooth. Add in the fluffy Cool-Whip and it makes the perfect combination of smooth fruity flavor with fluffy whipped topping.

Ingredients needed for this jello salad:

  • strawberry jello (you can either use 1 big box or 2 small boxes)
  • cream cheese
  • milk
  • crushed pineapple
  • Cool-Whip

How far in advance can I make this salad?

To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend making it more than one day in advance. I feel that it tastes best and has the best texture when it is made and enjoyed on the same day.

related recipe: love all things strawberry jello? You’ll love this Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake!


Can you make this with sugar-free jello?

I have not made this salad using sugar-free jello, but in everything that I have read about sugar-free jello, it should still work out great for this recipe!

If you try it with sugar-free jello, leave a comment below and let us know how it worked.

Can you make this with fresh whipped cream instead of cool whip?

I have never tried making this recipe without cool-whip  – the cool whip is needed to get that fluffy texture.

If you use fresh whipped cream, I am afraid that you will not get the same fluffy consistency and this recipe will not turn out the way that it’s supposed to.

If you are looking for a homemade Cool-Whip alternative, check out this recipe for Stabilized Whipped Cream – it has a more similar fluffiness to Cool-Whip.

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Try one of our other fruit salads:

Serves: 10

Strawberries and Cream Jello Dessert Salad Recipe

This smooth Strawberries and Cream Jello Dessert Salad is light and fluffy - perfect for summer parties or a fun dessert for any holiday! Top with whipped cream and strawberries to make this an instant favorite.

2 hr, 30 Prep Time

2 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 2 (3 ounce) boxes strawberry Jello (or one 6-ounce box)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple (undrained)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip (thawed)


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the jello mixes and boiling water; stir until jello is dissolved.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the milk with the cream cheese and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour in hot jello mixture with the cream cheese and stir until completely incorporated. Add the can of crushed pineapple and mix well.
  4. Place bowl in the fridge for 20-30 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken.
  5. Remove from fridge and fold in Cool Whip and place back in the fridge; let chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
  6. If desired, top each serving with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.


No Bake
gluten free
egg free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

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16 Responses to “Strawberries and Cream Jello Dessert Salad Recipe”

  1. Maggie
    Ok, I feel stupid asking this but I’m confused and could not figure it out. You talk, more than once, about pudding but I don’t see pudding on the actual recipe or ingredients list? So, does the strawberries and cream jello salad have pudding in it? And, if so, how much and when do I add, etc..? Thank you for any help you can give me to clarify this!
    • Hi Maggie, I went back and read the post and can see where you were confused. There are some links that take you to some similar recipes that have pudding. I edited the post to remove some of the confusion. This Strawberries and Cream Jello Dessert Salad does not have pudding. Just the ingredients listed in the recipe. Hope this helps.

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