Cherry Dump Salad

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

Yield: 8+ servings

Prep Time:2 hours, 5 minutes


  • 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.
  2. Combine with a wooden spoon until ingredients are evenly blended.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or more. Serve and enjoy.

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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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60 comments on “Cherry Dump Salad”

  1. 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.

  2. What an interesting salad! Better than the vegetable kind almost 🙂

  3. What a pretty and fun salad for a party!

  4. 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!

  5. Love cherries, love simple recipes like this 🙂 Win/Win

  6. Can you believe I’ve neever even heard of this?!?! I can’t wait to try it out STAT! Pinned 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. Love how quick and easy this is!

  11. 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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  13. Pam Gurganus

    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! 🙂

  14. wow another awesome idea.. i can just imagine how good + sweet this would taste. i LOVE cherry pie filling! looks delicious!

  15. 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!

  16. Wow this is awesome! My favorite thing about summer is the cherries ^.^

  17. Jell-o salads always remind me of my grandmother – this one looks sounds just delicious. And I agree, blueberry pie filling sounds amazing!

  18. Anonymous

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

  19. 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!

    Please feel free to take a look at my food blog as well! It’s a work in process but I mostly focus on baked goods. My latest post – Peanut Butter Brownies.

  20. Anonymous

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

  21. arlane

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. Kelley

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

  25. Germaine

    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

  26. Shirley

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


  27. Veronica Miller

    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!

  28. Elaine

    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.

  29. Elaine

    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!

  30. Kat

    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.

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  32. Anonymous

    I added fresh blueberries and they gave it a great pop of flavor

  33. P

    This is a very old recipe. I remember my mom making this when I was a kid! I’m 49 now! Always a huge favorite!

  34. angelitacarmelita

    you had me again at jello…. and people that poo-poo these types of “salads” are the first one’s to try them! there’s never a spoon full left at the end of a potluck. Thank you!

  35. Deborah Adams

    Can you leave out the condensed milk?

  36. Tammy Sue Shoppa

    Can I substitute blueberry pie filling instead of cherry pie filling in the cherry dump salad

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