There is a reason why this Strawberry Jello Fluff Salad is the most popular recipe on our website – it’s so DELICIOUS!
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I think that out of all the fluffy salads on our blog, this strawberry one is my favorite!
I have written this recipe to make 10-12 servings, but you could easily cut it in half (use the small boxes of jello and only one 8 ounce container of Cool Whip) if you need less.
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Why is this called “Jello Fluff Salad”?
The texture of this salad is light and fluffy!
Some people even add in marshmallows, which adds even more to the fluffiness of this dish.
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 Strawberry Fluff Jello Salad:
- 1 large box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding (instant pudding will not work for this recipe)
- 1 large box strawberry jell-o
- 16 ounces Cool-Whip
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 2-3 bananas, sliced
- 5 ounces (1/2 a bag) of mini marshmallows
How far in advance can I make this jello fluff salad?
To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend making it more than 1 day in advance.
I find that the juice from the strawberries will make the salad runny.
For best results, make this salad the same day that you plan on eating it.
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Can you make this fluff salad with sugar-free jello and pudding?
I have not made this salad using sugar-free jello or pudding, 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 salad with fresh whipped cream?
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:
- Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad
- Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad
- Honey Lime Fruit Salad
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Jello Salad
- Fluffy Cranberry Salad
- Mandarin Orange Cookie Jello Salad
Strawberry Jello Fluff Salad
- 4.6 ounces cook and serve vanilla pudding mix (large box)
- 6 ounces strawberry jello package (large box)
- 3 cups water
- 16 ounces cool-whip (thawed)
- 5 ounces mini marshmallows (half of the 10 ounce bag)
- 3 bananas sliced
- 2 cups strawberries sliced
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together pudding mix, Jello mix, and water. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.
- Remove saucepan from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate until mixture has thickened (overnight or for about 4-6 hours).
- Once mixture has thickened, beat until creamy with an electric hand mixer.
- Fold in Cool Whip, marshmallows, and fruit. Chill for about an hour before serving.
- Using bananas is optional in this recipe (it’s great with or without them), but if you do use them, add them right before eating. They tend to turn brown and get mushy if you add them too early.
- You can also add pineapple tidbits for another delicious twist.
- In a hurry? You can put the jello/pudding mixture into the freezer to set up and it will be ready to mix in about an hour.
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