Millionaire Cheesecake Salad is a delicious fruit salad recipe that everyone will love! It’s loaded with fruit and a creamy cheesecake filling to create the most glorious fruit salad ever (or fruit dessert).

Millionaire Cheesecake Salad topped with pecans

Millionaire Cheesecake Salad

Have you ever had Millionaire Salad? It’s a lot like Watergate salad or ambrosia salad, sweet fruit, crunchy nuts, and soft marshmallows, tossed in a fluffy whipped topping.

Millionaire salad is made with cherries, pineapple, marshmallows, coconut, and pecan, It’s light, sweet, and totally delicious, so delicious that I decided to combine it with one of my favorite desserts, cheesecake salad, to create Millionaire Cheesecake Salad, and OMG, it is amazing!

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Millionaire Cheesecake Salad full of fruit, coconut and pecans

The key to this delicious twist on fruit salad is the rich, creamy cheesecake filling made with cream cheese, cheesecake pudding mix, and coffee creamer (you can substitute heavy cream if you prefer). The ingredients are whipped until they make a smooth filling and then it is poured over the fruit and everything is folded together.

How to Make Millionaire Cheesecake Salad Ahead of Time:

  1. Prepare the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate in a bowl or sealed jar. 
  2. Combine all of the fruit in a large bowl and refrigerate. 
  3. Before serving, drain any excess liquid from the fruit and then fold the cheesecake filling into the fruit. Serve and enjoy!
Millionaire Cheesecake Salad on a fork

Tip for Making the BEST Millionaire Cheesecake Salad:

  • Before adding the maraschino cherries drain the juice and pat them dry. That way the juice won’t color the whole fruit salad red!
  • Do not pour all of the creamer into the cream cheese at once. It will get clumpy, and no matter how long you beat it, it will stay that way. Trust me on this one.
  • If the cream cheese and pudding mix get too thick, add in a splash of the cream to loosen it up. Then proceed with the recipe, minus the splash you already used.
  • If you have to substitute for the creamer, use 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Millionaire Cheesecake Salad is a healthy dessert salad

Every spoonful of this decadent fruit salad tastes like cheesecake with bits of sweet maraschino cherries, soft marshmallows, that get even softer as they sit in the cheesecake filling, shredded coconut, juicy pineapple, and crunchy pecans. The flavors and textures are so good you’re not going to want to share!

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Servings: 16
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins

Millionaire Cheesecake Salad

Millionaire Cheesecake Salad is filled with sweet maraschino cherries, coconut flakes, juicy pineapples chunks, soft marshmallows, and crunchy chopped pecans, all folded together in a rich, creamy, cheesecake filling. It’s a delicious fruit salad recipe that everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 40 ounces Pineapple chunks, drained
  • 20 ounces Maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
  • 10 ounces Mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups Sweetened flaked coconut
  • 12 ounces Chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese, softened
  • 3.4 ounce Package instant cheesecake flavored pudding, unprepared
  • 1 cup French vanilla creamer, liquid

Instructions

  • In a medium tall bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese until it becomes smooth. It may bind up in the beaters, but continue as is and it will loosen up. Add dry pudding mix. Beat until well combined.
  • With mixer running slowly add creamer to the cream cheese mix. Add it about a tablespoon at a time and then mix until it becomes a smooth mixture and all of the creamer has combined into the cream cheese. Continue until all of the creamer has been added to the cream cheese. Whip until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, combine pineapple chunks, maraschino cherries, mini marshmallows, sweetened flaked coconut, and chopped pecans.
  • Pour cheesecake mixture over fruit. Gently fold cheesecake mixture into fruit.
  • Chill until ready to serve or serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Do not pour all of the creamer into the cream cheese at once. It will get clumpy and no matter how long you beat it, it will stay that way. Trust me on this one.
  2. If you have to substitute cream for the creamer, powdered sugar and vanilla would be the best swap. 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  3. To make Make Millionaire Cheesecake Salad Ahead: Prepare the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate in a bowl or sealed jar. Combine all of the fruit in a large bowl and refrigerate. Before serving, drain any excess liquid from the fruit and then add the coconut, marshmallows, and pecans. Fold the cheesecake filling into the fruit salad. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 197mg, Potassium: 279mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 307IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: millionaire salad

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