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Strawberry Fluff (with Jello and Pineapple)

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Strawberry Fluff is a super simple side dish for holidays or potlucks! This fluff salad with marshmallows includes fresh strawberries, canned pineapple and mandarin oranges! It is so refreshing and makes a great dessert option as well. Strawberry fluff salad can be made in just a few minutes and needs only an hour to chill so don’t hesitate to serve it up at your next celebration. 

Strawbery Fluff Salad is a refreshing side dish or dessert that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck or holiday gathering! This recipe features fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows.

I really love a good fluff salad. The combination of refreshing fruit paired with sweet mini marshmallows and whipped topping makes fluff pretty irresistible. There are such a wide variety of fluff salad recipes out there. The internet is filled with more traditional recipes like orange fluff salad (a personal favorite) and unique options like this apple pie fluff salad. If you are looking for a more firm fluff salad, try this jello salad with marshmallows and customize it with your favorite jello flavor.

Strawberry Fluff Jello Salad is refreshing fruit salad with fresh strawberries, cool whip, jello, crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges! This recipe does not have cottage cheese. Makes a great holiday side dish.

Strawberry Fluff Salad Ingredients

This strawberry fluff requires just a few simple ingredients. You’ll need the following:

  • strawberry JELLO gelatin
  • sour cream or plain yogurt
  • fresh strawberries
  • mandarin oranges
  • crushed pineapple
  • mini marshmallows
  • whipped topping

Fresh strawberries Jello crushed pineapple mandarin oranges mini marshmallows cool whip and sour cream for fluff salad

This is a strawberry fluff without cottage cheese. So if the slightly lumpy texture of a jello salad with cottage cheese is a turn off for you, then you’ll love this recipe! And while there are plenty of fluff salad recipes with pudding, I like using sour cream instead because it cuts down on some of that sweetness. You can also substitute different canned fruit. Don’t have mandarin oranges or crushed pineapple? No problem! Grapes, diced canned peaches or fruit cocktail would be a great substitute. Fluff salad is very flexible and different gelatin or fruit can be substituted.

How to Make Fluff Salad with Cool Whip

This fluff salad with cool whip and crushed pineapple is super simple to prepare. To start, you’ll want to add add sour cream and strawberry gelatin powder into a large bowl. (Trust me, you want plenty of room to stir your ingredients.)

Strawberry Jello and sour cream

Whisk until completely combined.

Whisking strawberry Jello mixed with sour cream

Gently fold in mini marshmallows, crushed pineapple, sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges and whipped topping. (Be sure to drain your fruit thoroughly.)

Fluff salad with strawberries ready to mix

Transfer to a serving bowl if desired, and chill for at least one hour before serving. (I don’t recommend making this salad too far in advance as it will become watery over time. )

Jello Strawberry Fluff without Cottage Cheese

Garnish with more strawberries,  shredded coconut,  maraschino cherries, mini marshmallows or chopped nuts.

Strawberry Fluff Salad features fresh strawberries, canned fruit, mini marshmallows, cool whip and Jello! No pudding required in this refreshing fruit salad that is perfect for holiday celebrations or your next potluck gathering.

How long does fluff salad last?

How long your fluff salad will last in the refrigerator really depends upon the ingredients used. Oreo Fluff, for example, lasts several days. Fresh fruits like the strawberries in this salad do break down pretty easily over time and the bottom of your fluff salad will start to get watery. I recommend serving this within a few hours of making it and ideally within 24 hours.

Strawberry Fluff with fresh strawberries, a perfect side dish for your next holiday gathering including Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Strawberry Fluff Salad is a refreshing side dish or dessert that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck or holiday gathering! This recipe features fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows.
4.58 from 7 votes

Strawberry Fluff

Strawberry fluff is a refreshing jello salad with fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows! So quick easy, you'll love this as a side dish or light dessert option. Makes a great addition to any holiday celebration or potluck gathering!

Course Side Dish
Keyword christmas side dish, easter side dish, fluff salad, fruit salad, fruit salad with marshmallows, jello, jello salad, potluck recipes, potluck salad, strawberry, strawberry fluff, strawberry salad, thanksgiving side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 162 kcal


  • 1 3 oz box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 15 oz can mandarin oranges, well drained
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 8 oz container whipped topping thawed
  • fresh strawberries, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, mini marshmallows and/or maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream and gelatin powder until well combined. Fold in sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows and whipped topping.

  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least one hour.
  3. Serve with additional strawberries, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries, mini marshmallows or chopped nuts for garnish.

Recipe Notes

Store any leftovers in the fridge. Best if consumed within 24 hours.

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Strawberry fluff recipe with Jello, crushed pineapple, fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows and cool whip!

This strawberry fluff jello salad is so light and fluffy. Jello salad is my favorite way to to enjoy what might actually be a dessert at dinner.  Here in the Midwest it is still considered a socially acceptable side dish for dinner, and I am here for it. Give this recipe for strawberry fluff a try and let me know what you think!

Strawberry fluff with Jello is a refreshing side dish loaded with fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and cool whip!
Strawberry Fluff Salad is a light and fluffy side dish or dessert, perfect for any holiday gathering or potluck! No cottage cheese included in this recipe.


  1. 5 stars
    A restaurant near wear I worked made jello fluff, and all of us girls loved to eat this for lunch almost every day., even though they had other good things. This is the closest I could find to it.
    I took it took a church dinner, but since mine didn’t quite harden, they didn’t know what think.. I’ m hoping it will set up over night. I still think it was delicious. I will be making it again. Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. There are many types of fluff salads. Since you mention hardening I’m thinking you mean a more firm jello fluff. If so, perhaps it is more like this cherry jello salad.


      You can swap out the jello flavor for your favorite. It definitely has a more solid texture and perhaps that is what you are looking for. Hope that helps!

    1. Many recipes call for cottage cheese in their fluff recipe. The recipe I’ve used in the past uses a full 16oz container of cottage cheese with 1 tub (8oz) cool whip, and a small box of jello along with a couple of cans of well drained fruit and 1 cup of fresh fruit. So the ratio is slightly different. Hope that helps!

4.58 from 7 votes (6 ratings without comment)

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