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Lemon Blueberry Fruit Salad Recipe With Cool Whip

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Indulge in the refreshing taste of summer with our Lemon Blueberry Fruit Salad Recipe with Cool Whip. Bursting with vibrant flavors and a creamy twist, this easy recipe salad is the perfect side dish for any family dinner, special occasion, church potluck, summer picnic, or family gathering.

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This delightful dish combines the tangy zest of lemon with the sweet juiciness of blueberries, creating a perfect balance of flavors. The addition of Cool Whip gives it a creamy texture that complements the fresh fruits beautifully.

If you are looking for more fruit fluff dessert recipes, I have a few more you might want to try. Use the rest of your blueberries with this marshmallow fruit salad recipe. If you are in the mood for chocolate, try making this quick and easy Oreo fluff dip.

Still in the mood for more lemon recipes?  Then check out these delicious lemon lime 7UP soda cupcakes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to Make: This family favorite easy fruit salad is simple and quick, requiring only a handful of simple ingredients and minimal preparation time.
  • Refreshing Flavor: The combination of lemon and blueberry creates a bright, tangy, and sweet flavor that’s perfect for hot summer months.
  • Creamy Texture: The addition of Cool Whip offers a smooth and creamy consistency that pairs wonderfully with the fresh fruit.
  • Versatile Dish: This creamy fruit salad is versatile enough to be served as a side dish, a dessert, or even a light snack, making it suitable for any occasion.

What’s In This Fruit Salad Recipe With Cool Whip? 

Ingredient for blueberry salad sitting on a white countertop.
  • Cream Cheese: This gives the salad a rich, tangy base that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the other ingredients. Make sure to use softened cream cheese for easy mixing and a smoother texture.
  • Powdered Sugar: used to gently sweeten the salad without overpowering the fruit’s natural flavors. Its finer texture helps it dissolve smoothly into the cream cheese and Cool Whip mixture.
  • Cool Whip, thawed: Creamy cool whip adds a light and airy texture to the salad, making it feel indulgent yet refreshing. Ensure the Cool Whip is fully thawed to blend seamlessly with the other ingredients.
  • Lemon: The lemon juice and zest provide a vibrant, tangy flavor that brightens up the entire dish. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is recommended for the best taste.
  • Lemon Extract: Enhances the lemon flavor, giving the salad a more intense citrus burst. Just a small amount is needed to really make the lemon taste pop.
  • Mini Marshmallows: These add a fun, chewy texture to the salad, contrasting nicely with the creamy and delicious fruity flavor. They also introduce a subtle sweetness that ties the dish together.
  • Fresh Blueberries: Bursting with juicy sweetness, blueberries are the star of this salad. They provide a delightful contrast to the creamy elements and pack a nutritional punch with antioxidants.
  • Fresh Lemon Slices for Garnish (optional): Adding lemon slices as a garnish makes the salad visually appealing and hints at the lemony goodness within. It’s a simple yet elegant touch to finish the dish.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

A spoon scooping blueberry salad a bowl of salad aon the bacground.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt can be used if you prefer a slightly tangier and healthier alternative to cream cheese. It will still provide a creamy base while adding a bit of protein to the dish.
  • Honey or Agave Syrup: Instead of powdered sugar, you can use honey or agave syrup as a natural sweetener. Adjust the amount to taste, as these liquid sweeteners are often sweeter than powdered sugar.
  • Whipped Cream: If you don’t have Cool Whip on hand, you can use freshly whipped cream. Just make sure to whip the cream to soft peaks to maintain the light and airy texture.
  • Lime Juice and Zest: For a variation in citrus flavor, lime juice and zest can be substituted for lemon. It will provide a different but equally refreshing taste.
  • Strawberries or Raspberries: Feel free to mix in different fruits or berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, for additional flavors and textures. They pair wonderfully with both lemon and blueberries.
  • Coconut Flakes: Adding unsweetened coconut flakes can provide a tropical twist to your salad. They add a slight chewiness and extra flavor depth.
  • Mandarin Oranges: For a burst of citrus and additional color, a great addition is canned or fresh mandarin oranges. If using canned, ensure they are well-drained.

Experiment with these substitutions and additions to customize fresh fruit salad to your liking. Whether you’re looking to switch things up or accommodate dietary preferences, these tweaks can keep the dish exciting and versatile.

How To Make Lemon Blueberry Fluff Salad (step-by-step directions)

Collage of creating a blueberry salad.
  1. Use a hand mixer on medium-high speed to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl until smooth. (Photos 1 & 2)
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip, lemon juice, and lemon extract gently with a rubber spatula until well combined. (Photos 3 & 4)
Collage of mixing the ingredients for blueberry salad.
  1. Add the fresh blueberries and marshmallows, and fold everything together until coated in the cream mixture. (Photos 5 & 6)
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Just before serving, garnish with fresh lemon slices and extra blueberries if desired. (Photo 7)
Three bowls of blueberry salad sitting on a marbled countertop.

Recipe Tips

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh lemon juice and zest, as well as plump, ripe blueberries, will enhance the overall flavor and texture of the salad.
  • Softened Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing to achieve a smoother, creamier consistency.
  • Fold Gently: When incorporating the Cool Whip and other ingredients, fold gently to maintain the airy texture of the salad.
  • Chill Thoroughly: Allow this delicious fruit salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to help the flavors meld together and to ensure a refreshing taste.
  • Taste as You Go: Adjust the sweetness or tartness to your preference by tweaking the amount of powdered sugar or lemon juice.
  • Decorative Garnishes: For a more visually appealing presentation, add a sprinkle of lemon zest or a few extra berries on top.

Storing Tips 

Leftover Lemon Blueberry Fluff Salad can be easily stored in the refrigerator to extend its freshness. Transfer any unused salad into an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing any fridge odors and to keep it moist. The easy dessert salad recipe should be consumed within 2-3 days for the best quality and taste. Before serving again, give it a gentle stir to redistribute the ingredients and refresh the creamy texture.

While it is technically possible to freeze this salad, it is not recommended due to the potential for texture changes. Freezing can cause the Cool Whip and cream cheese mixture to become grainy and the fresh blueberries to lose their firm, juicy consistency. 

A white bowl of blueberry salad topped with slices of lemon and blueberries.

Serving Suggestions 

When serving Lemon Blueberry Fluff Salad, consider pairing it with complementary dishes to create a balanced and delightful meal spread. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Grilled Chicken or Fish: The light and refreshing nature of the salad pairs wonderfully with grilled chicken or fish, providing a contrast between the savory meat and the sweet, tangy flavors of the salad.
  • Light SandwichesEasy sandwiches, such as turkey or ham with a light spread, can be a great accompaniment. The creamy and fruity salad is a perfect side to balance the savory sandwich flavors.
  • Brunch Dishes: Include the salad on a brunch menu alongside quiches, BLT bagels, or a fresh vegetable frittata. Its vibrant flavors will brighten up any brunch table.
  • Barbecue Classics: Serve the salad alongside burgers, hot dogs, or grilled vegetables at a barbecue. Its refreshing taste makes it an excellent side to rich and hearty barbecue dishes.
  • Cheese and Cracker Platter: Pair the salad with a cheese and cracker platter for a lighter option. The creamy, sweet salad and various cheeses offer a delightful mix of textures and flavors.
  • Pastries and Muffins: As a dessert or an accompaniment to breakfast pastries such as a cream cheese Danish and muffins, the salad complements baked goods beautifully, providing a fruity counterpoint to the rich and buttery flavors of pastries.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a flavored pudding mix instead of the cream cheese mixture?

Yes, you can substitute the cream cheese mixture with flavored pudding mix for a different taste and texture. Use instant pudding mix (any flavor you enjoy that pairs well with blueberries and lemon). Prepare the pudding according to package instructions, then fold in the Cool Whip, lemon juice, and lemon extract. This will give the salad a smoother, pudding-like consistency while still retaining its creamy and tangy flavors.

Can this salad be made a day in advance?

Absolutely! Making the salad a day in advance allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. Be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Before serving, give it a gentle stir to re-incorporate the ingredients and refresh its texture.

What if I don’t have fresh blueberries? 

If fresh blueberries are not available, you can use frozen blueberries as an alternative. Ensure that the frozen blueberries are thawed and well-drained before folding them into the salad. This helps prevent excess moisture that can make the salad watery.

Is there a dairy-free version of this salad?

To make a dairy-free version, substitute the cream cheese with a dairy-free cream cheese
 alternative and use a dairy-free whipped topping. There are several vegan and non-dairy versions of these products available in most grocery stores. Ensure that your marshmallows are also dairy-free, as some brands may contain dairy ingredients.

Can I add nuts to this salad for extra crunch?

Yes, adding nuts can provide a delightful crunch and additional flavor! Chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts work well in this salad. Toast the nuts lightly before adding them for an extra layer of flavor and texture. Be aware of any potential nut allergies if serving to a group.

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Lemon Blueberry Fruit Salad Recipe with Cool Whip


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields 6 portions
Indulge in the refreshing taste of summer with our Lemon Blueberry Fruit Salad Recipe with Cool Whip. Bursting with vibrant flavors and a creamy twist, this easy recipe salad is the perfect side dish for any family dinner, special occasion, church potlucks, summer picnics, or family gathering.

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounce (226 ⅘ g) block cream cheese
  • ½ cup (60 g) powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces (226 ⅘ g) Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract optional, for extra lemon flavor
  • 3 cups (150 g) mini marshmallows
  • 18 ounces (510 2/7 g) fresh blueberries
  • Fresh lemon slices for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Use a hand mixer on medium-high speed to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl until smooth.
    8 ounce block cream cheese,½ cup powdered sugar
  • Fold in the Cool Whip, lemon juice, and lemon extract gently with a rubber spatula until well combined.
    8 ounces Cool Whip,1 lemon,¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • Add the fresh blueberries and marshmallows, and fold everything together until coated in the cream mixture.
    3 cups mini marshmallows,18 ounces fresh blueberries
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Just before serving, garnish with fresh lemon slices and extra blueberries if desired.
    Fresh lemon slices for garnish

Notes

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh lemon juice and zest, as well as plump, ripe blueberries, will enhance the overall flavor and texture of the salad.
  • Softened Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing to achieve a smoother, creamier consistency.
  • Fold Gently: When incorporating the Cool Whip and other ingredients, fold gently to maintain the airy texture of the salad.
  • Chill Thoroughly: Allow this delicious fruit salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to help the flavors meld together and to ensure a refreshing taste.
  • Taste as You Go: Adjust the sweetness or tartness to your preference by tweaking the amount of powdered sugar or lemon juice.
  • Decorative Garnishes: Add a sprinkle of lemon zest or a few extra berries on top for a more visually appealing presentation.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 268kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 57g (19%) Protein: 8g (16%) Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 11mg (4%) Sodium: 314mg (14%) Potassium: 238mg (7%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 41g (46%) Vitamin A: 136IU (3%) Vitamin C: 18mg (22%) Calcium: 184mg (18%) Iron: 0.5mg (3%)

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  1. 5 stars
    Get ready to dive into the delightful flavors of our lemon blueberry fruit salad! It’s a hit with our family, and I hope it brings the same joy to your family

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