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.

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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Yield: 12 servings

Cherry Dump Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

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.


  • 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, thawed


    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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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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.

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on July 17, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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.

    1. 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

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

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

  3. 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!

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

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

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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. 🙂

  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. 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!

    1. 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??

    1. Thanks for the pin, and yes, you need to try it out. Given your love of Cool Whip and all 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

    1. 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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