Cherry Dump Salad

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 17, 2014

A side dish for your next potluck or BBQ. Seriously, take your 4 ingredients, dump them in a bowl, and allow to set. Easy peasy Cherry Dump Salad.

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Cherry Dump Salad: combine 4 ingredients in one bowl, mix, refrigerate and enjoy. Perfect for potlucks and holidays!

Some form of JELL-O salad always seems to grace the table at our family potlucks, BBQ’s and holidays.

But no salad is as easy or delicious as this Cherry Dump Salad. You take your four ingredients, combine them in one bowl, refrigerate for a couple hours, and serve. So easy.

And so refreshing.

Last weekend we had family visiting and I had a moment of panic. I had some Sausage and Peppers in the slow cooker, but I hadn’t even thought about what to serve with it. As I flipped open my family recipe box (I still have dozens of those classics to share with you all), I stumbled on my mom’s dump salad. I’m not sure where SHE got the recipe from, but with only 4 ingredients, I imagine many of you make this all the time too!

And if not, I think it’s time to change that.

Our family has always used Cherry Pie filling, but I bet Blueberry or Peach would be delicious too. And the crushed pineapple adds some tasty bits of flavor mixed in with the creamy cool whip and sweetened condensed milk. Don’t drain the pineapple….this salad gets it’s name because you literally just dump everything in one bowl. Once you’ve refrigerated for a couple hours this becomes so light and fluffy!

As a bonus, you can make this a day in advance if you need to bring it to a potluck or a holiday get together! ENJOY.

Cherry Dump Salad: combine 4 ingredients in one bowl, mix, refrigerate and enjoy. Perfect for potlucks and holidays!

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Cherry Dump Salad

Prep Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: serves 8+


  • 1 can (21oz) Cherry Pie filling
  • 1 can (15oz) crushed pineapple (don't drain the juice)
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12oz Cool Whip


  1. Dump all ingredients into a large bowl. Combine with a wooden spoon until ingredients are evenly blended. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or more. Serve and enjoy.


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Tom @ Raise Your Garden July 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

I have to be honest I am terrified of pot luck dinners. I mean do people have the same standards as I do? But I still have to bring something and you did give me a perfect salad idea. It’s easy and good. Thanks.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

Haha, I totally hear ya on the potluck. That’s why I try to always bring something I know my family loves!
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Amber July 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

That’s when you’re glad you’re in a church of amazing cooks. :) potlucks are awesome then.


Baby June July 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

What an interesting salad! Better than the vegetable kind almost :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

Yeah, maybe salad isn’t the right name…. hehe
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Sues July 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

What a pretty and fun salad for a party!
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Beth @ The First Year July 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

Aimee, there’s something so fun about sharing family recipes! And as a reader I like to know if certain recipes are family recipes because you know those will be good since they are loved by many!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

So glad to hear this because there are many more to come :)
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Cookbook Queen July 17, 2014 at 9:23 am

Love cherries, love simple recipes like this :) Win/Win


Ashton July 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

Can you believe I’ve neever even heard of this?!?! I can’t wait to try it out STAT! Pinned :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

Thanks for the pin, and yes, you need to try it out. Given your love of Cool Whip and all :)
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Mir July 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

Can I just say that I love that this is called a salad? I’m making all my salads with condensed milk from now on!
This looks delicious, Aimee! And quick, too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

Haha, yeah, can’t take the credit for calling this a salad, but I’m kinda thrilled it is. I mean, who doesn’t want a sweet salad??
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

What a fun and easy “salad”!!! I have had one similar but without the sweetened condensed milk. Gotta love a salad you can “dump” together in minutes :-)
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Janet July 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Please share that on your blog, Jocelyn!!


marcie July 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I grew up on a similar salad and haven’t thought about it in a very long time. Cherry pie filling was always my favorite, so this flavor sounds incredible with the pineapple! This is one salad the kids would flip over. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

Glad I could bring back the old times for ya Marcie :)
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Rachel Cooks July 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Love how quick and easy this is!
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Kimberly July 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Oh my … my mom makes something similar every year for Thanksgiving, and I only allow myself to have it then as it’s a complete indulgence for me … but I may have to throw caution to the wind and make this for my next potluck as it sounds divine!
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Pam Gurganus July 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

My Mom has been making this salad since I was a child and I love it! The only differences are she drains her pineapple, adds half a bag of mini marshmallows, freezes it and then just sets it out to thaw a bit before serving! It’s so yummy and perfect on a hot summer day! :)


aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

Love these changes…especially freezing it :)
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Thalia @ butter and brioche July 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

wow another awesome idea.. i can just imagine how good + sweet this would taste. i LOVE cherry pie filling! looks delicious!
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Lolly Jane July 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Looks great!
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Meg July 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

I make a very similar version with pistachio Jell-o mix, canned fruit and whipped cream — and I always have an empty bowl at the end of every gathering! It looks a little weird, but tastes delicious. Will definitely have to give this one a try next time!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

Yes, we have a favorite Pistachio version as well, guess I need to share that one soon!! Definitely you should try this cherry version!


Kayla July 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Wow this is awesome! My favorite thing about summer is the cherries ^.^
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Jamie | My Baking Addiction July 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Jell-o salads always remind me of my grandmother – this one looks sounds just delicious. And I agree, blueberry pie filling sounds amazing!
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Anonymous July 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Hi I’m Kay. What can I substitute for cherry pie filling as I am in Australia?


aimee @ shugarysweets July 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

You can use a homemade Cherry Pie Filling recipe. Otherwise I’m not sure, they don’t sell pie filling in cans in Australia?


Morgan July 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I love this stuff! I found out about it once I moved to, every potluck I go to, this always ends up taking over my plate! I’ve never gotten the recipe, until now! Thank you!

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Anonymous December 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

This was such a delightfullly, lovely surprise dessert, that I’lll be making for the family as a light Christmas dessert. Love these quick, simple but delicious recipes.

Gail MacDonald


aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

So glad to hear it :)


Anonymous July 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

i also add a tsp of almond extract. to mine.


aimee @ shugarysweets July 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

Oh what a delicious idea!!!


arlane July 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

We have made this for years but we also add chopped walnuts.


Andre Brown July 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hi love these recipe ideas but as I’m from Uk can someone tell me what cool whip is??? is it cream???


Sherezada July 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Cool whip is like whipped cream, but a bit different. It’s got an airy consistency, but it’s cold. It’s found in plastic tubs in the freezer section.


angela July 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

you can make whip cream using heavy cream. chill your mixing bowl. Add one cup heavy cream and 2-3 tbs. sugar. You can also add a little vanilla if you like. Maybe about 1/4 tsp.


Patty July 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Our family always makes this for holidays, but our recipe adds 1 cup of miniature marshmallows and 1 cup chopped pecans. Always a family favorite, even if it is more dessert than salad.


Kelley July 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

We have one with crushed pinapple, lime jello, cool whip and cottage cheese. This sounds just as good!


Germaine July 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Have a family BBQ next weekend – think I may whip this up – if it doesn’t get all eaten up I am going to so enjoy it for myself – mmm I may try it this weekend lol – to test it out that is – hehehehehe


Shirley July 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Can you substitute something else for the pineapples? My family doesn’t like pineapples.:(



Veronica Miller July 31, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I make a similar salad, but i add a can of mandarin oranges, drained and I drain my pineapple as well. I also put all the cans in the refrigerator before I make it so everything is already chilled. That has been a lifesaver especially when I am short on time!


Elaine August 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

A version of this recipe was popular in the 80’s. It was called Cherries In Snow and also had coconut and chopped pecans. It is a very flavorful salad.


aimee @ shugarysweets August 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

Ooh, love the idea of adding coconut. I bet that would taste so good, with pecans too! Thanks Elaine :)


Elaine August 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

I like all the extras, but, what I really like is the taste of the cherries with the sweetened condensed milk. For me, it is just divine. And thank you for the recipe that I was then able to pin and have handy! I rarely use cookbooks anymore!


Kat September 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I have made this for years, but I had mini marshmellows and one cup chopped walnuts. This past year I used Blueberry pie filling and it was delicous.


aimee @ shugarysweets September 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I’m dying to try some of these suggestions. Especially blueberry. YUM!


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