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Strawberry Fluff Salad

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This 4 ingredient Strawberry Fluff Salad (also called Pink Fluff) is a 5 minute, easy family favorite dessert recipe that’s perfect for summer! Like our pistachio fluff, orange fluff, or cherry fluff, this easy no bake dessert is always the hit of the party!

Pink Strawberry Fluff Salad with strawberry on top

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Have you had Pink Fluff? Or maybe you call it Strawberry Fluff Salad?

This fluffy pink strawberry dessert salad is a twist on a classic dessert my mom used to serve. We called it fluff salad or monster salad, it’s a great dump and go dessert.


The four basic ingredients are cottage cheese, a packet of flavored Jello gelatin, canned or fresh fruit and cool whip.

For this Pink Strawberry Fluff Salad, I used gorgeous fresh strawberries and they really add bites of tart, fresh fruit in the sweet creamy salad.

strawberries in carton


  • whipped topping
  • strawberry jell-o mix (this gives that beautiful pink color!)
  • chopped fresh strawberries
  • cottage cheese

Step by step

This is a classic 5 minute mix it and forget it recipe.

Simply combine the ingredients in a large bowl, fold together to mix, then refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

Variations & Add-Ins

Fluff recipes are easy to switch up ingredients and customize to your own taste. Here are a few suggestions:

  • add crushed pineapple
  • add mini marshmallows
  • replace cottage cheese with vanilla pudding
  • add finely chopped nuts like pecans
  • replace strawberries with cherry pie filling
  • top with maraschino cherries
  • stir in shredded coconut
  • use raspberry jello instead of strawberry jello
Pink Strawberry Fluff Salad overhead view


Can fluff fruit salad be made ahead of time?

Since it is a no-bake dessert salad, you can easily make it a day before your event or dinner. Then, just give a stir and garnish each serving with a beautiful berry! I do not suggest making it more than one day in advance.

Can I use frozen strawberries?

I do not recommend making this fluff with frozen berries as they can end up soggy and change the texture.

Can I use fresh whipped cream?

While I’m a huge fan of homemade whipped cream I do not recommend it for this recipe as the final texture isn’t quite as “fluffy.”

Can I use low fat cottage cheese or whipped topping?

Yes! This recipe works great with low fat versions of either.

Can I make pink salad without cottage cheese?

Yes, there are two variations on strawberry fluff floating around, the one below with a cottage cheese base, and another without cottage cheese using usually marshmallows, crushed pineapple, and vanilla pudding. I have not tried one I recommend yet but will update this post if I find a good one!

What is the difference in pink fluff and ambrosia salad?

Ambrosia salad usually contains sweetened coconut, crushed pineapple, pecans, mandarin oranges, cool whip, and yogurt. Pink fluff is a more simple recipe that usually omits the nuts and uses only one fruit.

two bowls of Pink Strawberry Fluff Salad

If you liked this Fluff Salad, here are a few more recipes that celebrate strawberries!

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strawberry fluff salad

Pink Strawberry Fluff Salad

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This 4 ingredient Strawberry Fluff Salad is a 5 minute, easy dessert recipe that’s perfect for summer! 


  • 24 oz. container cottage cheese
  • 3.4 oz box strawberry gelatin
  • 23 cups strawberries (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 8 oz. container refrigerated whipped topping (thawed)


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the cottage cheese and the packet of strawberry gelatin. Make sure to stir well to dissolve all of the gelatin powder.
  2. Stir in the strawberries. You can add more or less depending on your preference, but I love to load this dessert salad with lots of strawberries!
  3. Finally, fold the whipped topping into the fruit and cottage cheese mixture. 
  4. Refrigerate the Pink Strawberry Fluff Salad until serving and garnish with additional strawberries.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 203
  • Sugar: 23.5 g
  • Sodium: 428 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.3 g
  • Protein: 13.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 13.9 mg




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    1. I’m sorry it was runny, I’ve never had that happen, I can troubleshoot it though! Can you tell me if you did anything differently that the exact recipe? If not, was your cottage cheese runny before you added it? I’ve noticed some brands can have a thinner consistency than others.

  1. If I do not want cottage cheese and want to add vanilla pudding, do I add the powder only or make the pudding, then add it?

    1. I’ve never made it that way but you would probably need the pudding, I don’t know what the result would be like because I have only ever used cottage cheese as written.

    2. I didn’t care for it with cottage cheese in it not a big fan of it anyways. Can you freeze this?

  2. I didn’t care for it with cottage cheese in it not a big fan of it anyways. Can you freeze this?

  3. I have made this at least a half dozen times so far and find that the cottage cheese is everything in this recipe! I use sugar free gelatin, fat free cottage cheese, 2 cups of mini marshmallows and lite Cool Whip. I have found that fat free whipped topping just does not work and will cause it to be runny as another person has mentioned. I will probably live on this recipe all summer lol. So delicious, thank you!

  4. I make this with orange jello and a large can of mandarin orange slices, drained. Sometimes I use two cans. It has been gone by dinners end every time I have made it! I always make a double batch.
    *if you really don’t like the texture of cottage cheese, try blending it smooth or use ricotta cheese.

  5. I’ve been eating eating pink fluff for the last 20 yrs. A nurse neighbor would bring it every Thanksgiving and Christmas! She passed, and no 1 has the recipe…thank you! I do now!

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