Strawberry Cream Cheese Salad

This creamy, sweet treat is made with simple ingredients and fresh strawberries. It’s the perfect combination of flavors for spring or summer. And it’s super easy to make…just mix and serve!

blue bowl filled with cream cheese strrawberry salad.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This an easy recipe that requires minimal ingredients
  • Perfect for a summer or spring treat. It’s cool, sweet, and pretty.
  • Flexible: can be lightened up with low-fat cream cheese and cool whip.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on wooden board.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this creamy salad:

  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • frozen whipped topping
  • vanilla
  • strawberries
  • you’ll want a hand mixer for beating the cream cheese smooth
  • large bowl for mixing and serving


Step One: beat the cream cheese

bowl with beaten cream cheese.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy, with no lumps. 

Step Two: fold whipped topping

mixin in cool whip.

Mix the whipped topping into the other ingredients until everything is blended together.

Step three: add strawberries

finished dish.

Put the strawberries into the cheesecake mixture. Save some for later and put them on top. Eat it now, or wait a few hours before eating.

🥫 Storage instructions

Strawberry Cream Cheese Salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If adding mini marshmallows or other toppings prior to serving, only do so right before eating for the best results.

Like most cream recipes, this does not freeze well.

🔍 FAQs

Can I substitute another berry?

You can, and it will taste fine, but other berries will “bleed” more than strawberries, and it won’t be quite as pretty.

What type of cream cheese should I use?

You can use full-fat or light cream cheese, though it will still be fairly rich no matter what you choose.

Can I use frozen strawberries in this recipe?

Unfortunately, frozen strawberries won’t work well for this recipe. They’ll make everything watery. Stick to fresh!

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Don’t forget to hold back some strawberries for topping the salad.
  • I do not usually add mini marshmallows to this, but my kids love it when I do.
  • You can add a scoop of vanilla protein powder in step one and no one will know. 😊

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close up view of finished salad with sliced strawberries.

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up view of finished dish

Strawberry Cream Cheese Salad

An easy, sweet, and delicious side dish for spring for summer. This is ready to serve in just a few minutes, and everyone will love it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings


  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • large bowl


  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature, 1 block
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping such as Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pounds strawberries sliced or chopped into large pieces
  • mini marshmallows optional


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy, with no lumps.
  • Fold the whipped topping into the mixture until well combined.
  • Add the strawberries to the cheesecake mixture, reserving some for sprinkling on top. Serve immediately or chill for a few hours first.


Light cream cheese and cool whip will work fine with this and as sugar substitutes.
Don’t chopped up the strawberries to small or they’re make the salad watery. Slicing them works fine.
Unfortunately, frozen berries will not work well in this recipe.
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