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Perfect Pink Fluff Recipe

You can’t go wrong with this crowd-favorite Pink Fluff recipe! It just takes 4 ingredients to make this perfectly-sweet dessert salad.

Pink fluff in a white serving bowl topped with pomegranate seeds.

My mom made this Pink Fluff recipe once and we were all hooked!

It’s become a staple for holiday dinners like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, but it’s versatile enough to serve all year long!

This pink fluff recipe features a sweet, creamy base filled with cherries and crushed pineapple. You can serve it as is, or top it with seasonal ingredients to make it a festive side dish.

My mom always calls it a salad, but it’s closer to a dessert. So we’ll call it a dessert salad.

Serve it alongside the main dish or as the sweet finisher; however you do it, it will be the crowd favorite!

Step-by-Step Instructions

DRAIN a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple well and add to a large mixing bowl.

Pink fluff ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including crushed pineapple and cherries.

ADD a 21 ounce can cherry pie filling, a 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, and a thawed 8 ounce tub of whipped topping to the mixing bowl and gently fold together until fluff is nice and pink.

Festive pink fluff salad in large metal mixing bowl on white table.

REFRIGERATE the fluff for at least 30 minutes to set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Pink fluff dessert with pomegranate arils on top in white serving bowl.

The crushed pineapple needs to be well-drained or it will make the fluff runny. I like to pour the pineapple into a strainer and then use a potato masher or meat tenderizer to gently press all of the juice out.

Any leftovers should be refrigerated.

If you want more cherries (and why wouldn’t you because the pie filling is the best part!), use the extra cherry version of the pie filling.

I think this salad is perfectly delicious as is, but if you want to try some add-ins you can use 2 cups of mini marshmallows, 1 cup of shredded coconut, or 1/2 cup of nuts.

If you want to make this a festive side dish, try these toppings:

  • Sliced almonds
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Sprinkles
  • Sugared cranberries

This dessert salad is delicious when mixed with cranberry sauce! I wouldn’t serve it mixed, but you can let your guests know so they can try it out!

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Cherry fluff salad in decorative white serving bowl next to kitchen towel.

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I hope your family loves this delicious pink fluff recipe! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!


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Pink fluff in large white serving bowl with pomegranate arils on top.

Perfect Pink Fluff Recipe

The Ashcroft Family Table
You can't go wrong with this crowd-favorite Pink Fluff recipe! Just mix 4 ingredients together and you'll get this perfectly-sweet dessert salad.
4.30 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 -16 servings
Calories 234 kcal


  • 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple
  • 21 ounces canned cherry pie filling
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed


  • Drain crushed pineapple well and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and gently fold together until fluff is nice and pink.
  • Rerfrigerate the fluff for at least 30 minutes to set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword cherry fluff, pink fluff, pink fluff dessert, pink fluff recipe, pink fluff salad
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Thank you, look delicious, I Will save Tha recipes. And I Will do one o this nex sunday.

Jessica Ashcroft

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Let me know how it turns out Candida!

Carma Rasmussen

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Thanks for giving me credit, sweetie! The picture of the fluff turned out beautifully!

Jessica Ashcroft

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Glad you approve ;)