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Cheesecake Fruit Salad

Pear and Raspberry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

Pear and Raspberry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

When I first read the title of this recipe I couldn’t imagine the dish. I thought maybe someone made a cheesecake and put a lot of fruit cocktail in it. And fruit cocktail is just not fruit, in my world. So I didn’t think I was going to be interested in making the dish. Then I read the ingredients. And I was smitten.

I remember the recipe my mom made in the 60s and 70s called ‘Dry Jello Salad’. She made it for special occasions, like holidays or church potluck dinner. You couldn’t go to a church potluck dinner without at least 5 different women bringing their version of the salad. I loved it, because I loved cottage cheese. I’d watched my mom make it so I knew it was in there.

The only thing I didn’t like about dry jello salad was the fruit cocktail. Those were fruits I didn’t like, or didn’t think they tasted like good fruit. When I had a family of my own I maybe made the salad twice, using my mom’s recipe from the church cookbook. Both times it ended up runny and inedible. I have no idea what I did wrong; I simply stopped making it.

Mix together all ingredients except fruit until smooth.

Mix together all ingredients except fruit until smooth.

So with that history, when I read this recipe I was thrilled that it called for a box of the cheesecake flavored pudding. I just LOVE that pudding, and use it often in making things like trifle. I always have a box or two of it on hand. The recipe didn’t call for cottage cheese, but it had ingredients I normally had on hand.

Pears were so good this year, in November, and my P.S. (Pear Supplier/hubby) bought a cute little bag full of pears twice. We ate them sliced, diced and put in all kinds of dishes. I thought they’d be great in this fruit salad. Along with a pint of fresh raspberries, it would be nice and colorful.

Cheesecake base

Cheesecake base

I put 1 ½ cups of Cool Whip into a larger bowl, added the two small containers of strawberry yogurt, and dumped the box of cheesecake flavored pudding on top. I stirred it well.

Pears and raspberries were a good combination.  Any fruit would work well.

Pears and raspberries were a good combination. Any fruit would work well.

I left the skins on the pears, and cored them. I cut them into 1” cubes and added them to the pudding mixture.  I rinsed off the pint of raspberries and folded them into the mixture as well.

Fold fruit in and refrigerate until serving

Fold fruit in and refrigerate until serving

It was ready to refrigerate! I had mixed it two or three hours before dinner, so the pudding had time to dissolve into the mixture. It stiffened the salad nicely, unlike my attempts at dry jello salad years ago.

Cheesecake Fruit Salad

Cheesecake Fruit Salad

I served the fruit salad at our second Thanksgiving dinner, and it was a hit. It truly does taste just like cheesecake with pears and raspberries. All that was missing was the graham cracker crust!

I may have just found a new fruit salad that will be a regular on the holiday buffets! And it’s so easy, it can be made just hours before the meal.

Cheesecake Fruit Salad

1 small box dry cheesecake pudding
2 8 ounce containers strawberry yogurt (I used Yoplait Light)
1 ½ cups Cool Whip
3 cups of fruit (suggestions: sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, blackberries, kiwi, apple)

Mix the pudding, yogurt and Cool Whip together until blended. Fold in fruit and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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7 thoughts on “Cheesecake Fruit Salad

  1. I am looking for the recipe for fruit salad dressing using International Deligt coffee creamer with cheesecake pudding and cream cheese ? Any suggestions?

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    • I’m going to have to guess since I didn’t try it but I see the directions on the box of no bake cheesecake by Jello say to mix it with 1 1 /2 cups of cold milk. I’d guess it might be the same thing as the pudding, which calls for 2 cups of milk. I’d say it would work well but use the 1 1/2 cups of milk to make the pudding part of the cheesecake fruit salad. Let me know if you try it?

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    • mmmm! My mother-in-law makes the frozen fruit salad. I’ve never made it because I let it be her dish. She hasn’t made it in awhile, I should ask her to make it so I can blog it. Good to see you!

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