Get ready for a taste of summer with our Lemon Fluff! This easy-to-make, fluff salad is bursting with lemon flavor and fresh strawberries. It's the perfect side dish to bring to summer picnics and parties.
Why You Will Love Lemon Fluff Salad
Fluff desserts and ambrosia fruit salad are the perfect no bake desserts for summer. They are easy to make and will always get two thumbs up at summer picnics.
One our favorite dessert salads is banana split fluff. I love how fresh fruit adds a fun burst of flavor and freshness to fluff desserts. We had an extra box of strawberries in the fridge, so I decided to add them to a lemon fluff.
The combination of cream cheese and lemon pie filling gives this "salad" a sweet cheesecake like texture. You are going to love how soft and fluffy it is.
- Easy to make. This simple recipe comes together in 10 minutes with just 4 ingredients.
- Light and refreshing. The sweet lemon flavor with juicy strawberries makes this a delightful combination to eat on hot summer days.
- Pretty yellow color. The light yellow hue with pops of red makes the dish stand out on the dinner table.
- Great for any event. It is a delicious side dish or no bake dessert to bring to summer picnics and barbecues.
This is a vintage recipe that can be made different ways. We prefer to make this lemon fluff recipe using these 4 simple ingredients.
- Cream Cheese - Make sure to set it out ahead of time, so it can soften before you mix it.
- Lemon Pie Filling - To give it a light lemon flavor, use 1 can of lemon pie filling. If you can't find that, use 1 ½ cups of lemon curd.
- Cool Whip - You will need one container of thawed whip. You can also use 3 cups of homemade whipped cream, if you prefer that instead.
- Fresh Strawberries - The red berry slices make this lemon fluff salad look pretty and festive.
BruCrew Tip: Add 2 cups of blueberries to make this the perfect 4th of July side dish! The lemon isn't very bright, so it really does look like red, white, and blue!
How to Make Lemon Fluff
The best part about this easy lemon fluff dessert is that comes together in 10 minutes. It is a delicious side dish that can be made at the last minute for parties or picnics.
- Beat the softened cream cheese until light and fluffy.
- Add the canned pie filling and mix again.
- Fold in the thawed Cool Whip gently.
- Gently stir in the sliced strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Keep the lemon fluff dessert in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will keep for 2-3 days, although it is best if served the day it is made. The berries start to add moisture to this easy dessert salad if it sits too long.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure your cream cheese is soft before you start mixing it. I like to get it out of the refrigerator at least an hour ahead of time. If you forget, go ahead and unwrap it and microwave it for about 20 seconds to warm it up.
- Do not beat the Cool Whip because it will release all the air from the mixture. You want it to stay light and fluffy. Use a spatula to fold it in gently.
- Pat the strawberries dry to remove any excess moisture. Extra liquid can make your fluff salad get watery as it sits in the fridge.
- Stir the strawberries in very carefully. Mixing too hard can make the fruit break apart and add extra moisture to the mixture.
- Add blueberries if you need a pretty red and blue dessert for July 4th picnics.
- Serve it in a large glass serving bowl, so you can see the light color and fresh fruit.
Yes. This fluff salad can be made 1 day ahead of time and chilled in the fridge. Just make sure to give it a stir before serving.
Feel free to use 3 cups of a stabilized whipped cream. It should hold up just as well as the whipped topping.
We do not recommend using frozen strawberries because they tend to be wet and mushy after thawing. If you add them, they could make your fluff salad very watery.
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*This post was first published July 2016. It was updated and republished June 2023.