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Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad is a delightful and refreshing dessert that combines a variety of fresh fruits with a creamy cheesecake mixture. It’s perfect for summer gatherings, potlucks, or any time you’re craving a sweet treat.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is a crowd-pleaser and so easy to make! The combination of sweet fruits and creamy cheesecake filling creates a deliciously light and refreshing dessert that everyone will love.

How to Make Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup grapes, halved

For the Cheesecake Mixture:

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey (adjust based on sweetness preference)

For Garnish:

  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Additional fresh fruit for topping

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Fruit:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, blueberries, pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, kiwi slices, and halved grapes. Gently mix to distribute the fruits evenly. Set aside while you prepare the cheesecake mixture.
  2. Make the Cheesecake Mixture:
    • In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
    • Add the instant cheesecake pudding mix, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, coconut milk, and honey to the cream cheese. Continue to beat until the mixture is thoroughly combined and smooth.
  3. Combine the Salad and Cheesecake Mixture:
    • Pour the cheesecake mixture over the prepared fruits in the mixing bowl. Gently fold everything together until all the fruits are coated with the cheesecake mixture. Be careful not to crush the fruits.
  4. Chill:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the salad to chill thoroughly.
  5. Garnish and Serve:
    • Just before serving, sprinkle toasted coconut flakes over the top of the salad for added crunch and flavor.
    • If desired, add additional fresh fruits on top for extra color and freshness.

How to Serve Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

Serve this delicious salad chilled as a dessert or sweet side dish. It’s perfect for potlucks, BBQs, or any summer gathering.

How to Store Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The salad may become watery as it sits, so drain any excess liquid before serving leftovers.

Tips to Make Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

  • Use fresh, ripe fruits for the best flavor and texture.
  • Adjust the sweetness of the cheesecake mixture to your preference by adding more or less honey.
  • Feel free to customize the fruits according to your taste preferences or what’s in season.

FAQs

1. Can I use regular pudding mix instead of instant cheesecake pudding mix? Instant cheesecake pudding mix adds a unique flavor to this salad, but you can use regular vanilla pudding mix if you prefer.

2. Can I make this salad ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the salad up to 24 hours in advance. However, it’s best to wait until just before serving to add the toasted coconut flakes and additional fresh fruit.

3. Can I use other types of fruit? Absolutely! Feel free to use any combination of fruits you like. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and passion fruit would all be delicious additions to this salad.

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