Strawberry Pineapple Fluff Jello Salad is a light fluffy strawberry and pineapple jello salad with marshmallows, fresh chopped strawberries, pineapple bits, and topped off with crunchy coconut cookie crumbs. It’s Spring happiness in a salad bowl!
I have a confession! I L.O.V.E. Fluff Salad! (I like to think we are soul sista’s! Both embracing our fluffiness!)
What’s not to love? It’s light, creamy, fluffy, and… it’s like legally having dessert on your dinner plate! SCORE!!!
The day before Easter I had “bits” of things lying around that needed to be used up! I had a half a can of crushed pineapple from the Carrot Cake. A couple handfuls of strawberries left over from the Strawberry spinach salad and there were the coconut cookies from that Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake.
Ya know…odds and ends. I didn’t want a refrigerator full of little containers of leftovers! (I can’t toss them out…my Grandmother would rise from the grave and haunt me FOREVER! I’m not kidding! It’s serious my friends!)
So my brain kicked into gear. Why not a Fresh Strawberry Pineapple Fluff Salad? I had a moment of hesitation because I was concerned the fresh strawberries would release too much liquid and would turn the “fluff” into “flop”? Then I said “Eh…why not?” (This is pretty much my motto in life! Thank goodness Mars is a VERY understanding man and puts up with all my hair brained ideas! I like to think I’ve saved him from a life of boredom! lol)
I’m so glad I just went for it! This is…wait for it…THE BEST FLUFF Salad I’ve EVER had! EVER! It’s “Hide in the back of the closet with the entire bowl and a spoon” Good!!! (Sister Closet eaters UNITE!!)
In a large mix together French Vanilla Pudding and Undrained Crushed Pineapple. Cover and set aside.
In a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, combine 1 package of Strawberry Jello with 1 cup of boiling water. Mix until Jello has completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup crushed ice chips. Stir until thick and ice chips have melted.
Place in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally, until jello mixture thickens and is slightly lumpy. (Kind of like me! lol) It should take 30 – 45 minutes.
In the large bowl with the pineapple pudding mixture add the thickened jello mixture. Fold together until combined.
Add one 8 oz. container of Cool Whip. Gently fold together.
Fold in 2 cups of little heavenly pillows! (Remember you’ve been munching on them while you’ve been making this salad. Don’t LIE! I know you! Not to mention ya tossed the rest of the bag at the kids to get them to leave ya alone! I’ve lived on planet Mommy! Keep going…remember there’s a closet and spoon with your name on it when we get done! lol)
Next add those delicious fresh chopped strawberries. You want them small bite sized pieces. You can make them bigger if choking your guest is part of your dinner plans. If not…I’d go with smaller bits!
Fold those little bits of juicy red gems into that delightful fluffy concoction that you’ve been sneaking samples of. (I think I’m giving away WAY too much info on how the making of this salad went down at this Nest!)
Spoon all that scrumptious salad into your serving bowl. It will be a little runny. Don’t panic. It’s going to set up beautifully!
Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight until “set”.
Crush cookies. You can use the coconut cookies I used or vanilla wafers. Sandies would be great too! Sprinkle them around the edge of the salad just before serving to add a little “crunch”. Garnish with a sliced strawberry.
Isn’t that a pretty bowl of “Fluff”! Such a fantastic Spring or Summer Salad. Great for Picnics, Family Gatherings,BBQ’s or Pot Lucks!
A lot of “Fluff” Salad recipes call for all canned fruits. The addition of the fresh strawberries in this salad, kicks it up and over the “Fluff Salad” Goal Post!
I wanted to make sure it was as good as I thought it was…my three helpings hadn’t totally convinced me. Even though my family loved it I wanted to make extra sure.
So…I called my friend and sent the leftovers over to her house with her 5 munchkins. She texted me 5 minutes later and said that her oldest came running in and said “Mom if you want to try the salad you better hurry! The kids have almost eaten it all!”
There ya have it. Kid approved. Nuff said! That’s all I needed! It’s now an official “Norine’s Nest” Salad!
This Strawberry Pineapple Fluff Jello Salad slowly melts in your mouth with its subtle fresh strawberry flavor. It brings a smile to your face as you dream of warm sunny days!
I hope this amazingly simple salad makes it to your table this Spring and Summer. If not…I’ll come looking for you in the closet! (wink, wink)
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