Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

05.31.2018

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad will likely always be a favorite of mine. It tastes just like eating a slice of cheesecake with fruit topping. It’s rich, creamy, fluffy and it’s jam packed with sweet fresh fruit. It’s just absolutely heavenly.

And the great thing here is that it’s mostly fruit covered with a cheesecake topping versus a super calorie heavy slice of cheesecake with a little fruit. So I’d say this is a smarter choice than a slice of cheesecake and it fills that craving so why not??

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

Why I love this Fruit Salad

Cheesecake and fruit are two of my favorite foods so it only makes sense to combine them. And don’t you just love the way a homemade berry sauce pairs with a slice of rich cheesecake, so again why not combine those flavors into a fruit salad? It’s just meant to be.

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We’ve all had the bad fruit salads that have things like artificial whipped topping and fruit cocktail in syrup but here we skip all that and stick to real ingredients and fresh fruit. It’s wayyyy better! Try this and you’ll see what I mean. Those 80’s fruit salads don’t stand a chance.

photo of fresh berries for berry cheesecake fruit salad

Ingredients for this Recipe

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh blackberries (or more raspberries if you don’t like blackberries)
  • Cream cheese
  • Heavy cream
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Graham crackers

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad ingredients strawberries raspberries blackberries blueberries graham crackers cream cheese cream vanilla mint

How to Make this Fruit Salad

First you’ll whip up the heavy cream using an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad whipping heavy cream in bowl

Then in a separate mixing bowl whip together the cream cheese with the granulated sugar and vanilla until the cream cheese becomes nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad whipping cream cheese and sugar until fluffy

Then fold those two mixtures together and pour over prepared fruit, except raspberries, in a large bowl. If you want some of the berries for decoration set about 3 of each aside before coating.

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad mixing berries and topping together

Toss mixture then gently toss in raspberries. Sprinkle edges with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with berries and mint if desired.

Finished Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad in bowl

Tips for this Fruit Salad

  • Use sweet fruit! As in fruit that’s in season, it will make a big difference in the overall taste of the fruit salad, sour berries just won’t go over well here.
  • Add more graham crackers crumbs to taste. As in feel free to triple the amount. You can either sprinkle the entire top of the fruit salad with crumbs or sprinkle over individual servings. We like the crumbs so of course we added more.
  • Use chilled fruit. This is a summer salad so cold fruit is best.
  • If you’d like you can use light cream cheese here in place of full fat.
  • If you don’t like a lot of topping you can add a bit more fruit, I love the topping so this fruit salad has a lot of it.
  • Try swapping in other fruits such as bananas or mangos.

Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

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Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

5 from 3 votes

Sweet summer berries are coated with a rich and fluffy cheesecake topping and its finished with crisp graham cracker crumbs. Could fruit salad get any better??

Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 321 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235ml) heavy cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 6 Tbsp (75g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 12 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 6 oz. fresh blackberries (or more raspberries)
  • 6 oz. fresh raspberries
  • 2 sheets graham crackers, crushed (or more to taste)
  • Mint for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip heavy cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.

  2. In a separate medium mixing bowl (no need to clean beaters) whip cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla extract until combined. Increase speed to high and whip until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. 

  3. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.

  4. Place strawberries, blackberries and blueberries in a large bowl, then pour cream cheese mixture over and fold, then gently fold in raspberries.

  5. Sprinkle edges with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with fruit in center and mint if desired.

  6. Serve immediately or keep chilled. Serve day prepared, add graham cracker just before serving so it stays crisp.

  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 128mg 5%
Potassium 253mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 57.8%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 comments

  • Crissy: Loved this. I prepared it about 6 hours in advance, and I think it was too long. It tastes best freshly mixed, otherwise the cheesecake flavor mixes too much with the berries and it becomes creamy berries. That is good, too, but not as good as cheesecake. I would say definitely do all the prep earlier if you need to, then stir the cream mixture into the berries right before serving. September 29, 2018 at 8:13am Reply

  • Jailynn: This is the best fruit salad I’ve ever tasted! It’s like a dessert. Everyone I’ve made it for raves about it and asks for the recipe! The only modification I’d make is double the graham crackers and add a layer over the entire top. That’s one of the best parts! Yummmmm! July 12, 2018 at 12:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for commenting! July 12, 2018 at 3:58pm Reply

  • Mena Williams: This was so easy to make and so delicious! It’s a perfect summer dessert! June 5, 2018 at 11:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Mena! Thanks for the great review! June 7, 2018 at 8:05am Reply

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