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Lemon Fluff

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Our creamy and light lemon fluff recipe will be a hit with all of the lemon lovers in your life.
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  1. Lemon Fluff Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Lemon Fluff Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Bright and sunny, this lemon fluff is a tropical-tasting way to enjoy dessert. The delightful fluff salad combines creamy lemon and cream cheese with juicy pineapple for plenty of citrus freshness.

I love the fresh taste of lemon desserts, and these lemon cheesecake bars and this lemon lava cake are two more tasty recipes that will be a hit.

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Lemon Fluff Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 (3-ounce) boxes of lemon jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (20-ounce) can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 (16-ounce) container of whipped topping, use only 12-ounces for the fluff, and reserve four ounces for topping and garnishing

PRO TIP:

If preferred, buy two 8-ounce Cool Whip containers and use 1½ for the fluff and the extra half for the topping when serving.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LEMON JELLO: This fluffy salad recipe would be tasty with a variety of different flavors of jello. Strawberry jello would make for a strawberry and cream-style salad. Peach jello, for a peaches ‘n cream flavor, would also be super yummy.

PINEAPPLE: If you choose to change up the jello flavor in this easy no-bake dessert recipe, I would also recommend changing the fruit. For example, if you go with strawberry jello, try adding sliced strawberries in place of the pineapples. 

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How To Make This Lemon Fluff Recipe

PRO TIP:

This dessert is such a happy color, using a see-through bowl such as a trifle bowl would be a great way to show off the lovely yellow color.

STEP ONE: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the jello powder and carefully pour in the boiling water. Using a whisk, stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.

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STEP TWO: In a large bowl, add the softened cream cheese and crushed pineapple. Using an electric mixer on low speed, mix together the cream cheese and pineapple, gradually increasing the mixer speed to medium-high. Mix together for about one minute until fully combined. There may be small flecks of cream cheese, and that’s okay.

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STEP THREE: Next, pour the cooled jello liquid into the cream cheese and pineapple mixture. Using the hand mixer, start on low speed so it doesn’t splash around a lot and begin to mix, gradually increasing the speed to medium until it is well-combined. 

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STEP FOUR: Next, add the 12 ounces of Cool Whip. Begin with a low speed on a hand mixer and gradually increase the speed to medium-high until well-combined, about two minutes. It will still be in liquid form but trust the jello to do its work and it will solidify as it chills.

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STEP FIVE: Pour into a large glass serving bowl, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least four hours or until ready to serve. You could also use a 9×13 pan instead.

PRO TIP:

For best results, make sure you give your salad at least 4 hours of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.

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STEP SIX: Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip and fresh fruit as garnish if desired.

How To Serve

If you are a huge lemon fan, this delicious treat is where it’s at. Whether for a side dish or a dessert, this vintage fluff salad will get compliments every time. It is a great choice to bring to a potluck or to serve at a holiday gathering, and everyone will love the fresh citrus and fluffy texture.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can most definitely make lemon fluff jello salad ahead of time. In fact, I recommend making it the night before you plan to serve it. That way it can sit in the refrigerator and the flavors can blend together. Be sure to store leftovers of your salad in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator. The salad will stay good in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this lemon jello salad recipe, and it will keep for about three months. Since this is such a simple recipe to make, though, it’s best to make it fresh.

PRO TIP:

Another idea is to use your leftover lemon fluff dessert to make creamy popsicles by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

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This lemon fluff dessert only needs 10 minutes of prep time, and you’ll have yourself a delightful treat to serve on a hot summer day or for a special occasion. Tart lemon jello, sweet pineapple, and velvety cream cheese make this dessert salad a winner no matter when you serve it.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there other flavors I could make with this recipe?

There are plenty of variations on our lemon fluff salad. You can change up the jello flavor and fruit for whatever your imagination can come up with. Try peach or strawberry fluff salads for two great choices. You could also add extra flavors to this lemon fluff salad too. How about making lemon raspberry fluff with fresh raspberries mixed in?

Can I freeze this salad?

You can freeze this fluffy lemon jello salad; however, the texture may change once thawed. If you don’t mind this, the salad will keep for about three months in the freezer.

Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

You could certainly substitute whipped topping with homemade whipped cream. Check out our tasty whipped cream recipe.

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Lemon Fluff

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Our creamy and light lemon fluff recipe will be a hit with all of the lemon lovers in your life.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces lemon jello (two 3-ounce boxes)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple with juice
  • 16 ounces whipped topping, use only 12-ounces for the fluff and reserve four ounces for topping and garnishing

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the jello and carefully pour in the boiling water. Using a whisk, stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, add the softened cream cheese and crushed pineapple. Using a hand mixer on low speed, mix together the cream cheese and pineapple, gradually increasing the mixer speed to medium-high. Mix together for about one minute until fully combined. There may be small flecks of cream cheese, and that’s okay.
  • Pour the cooled jello liquid into the cream cheese and pineapple mixture. Using the hand mixer, start on low speed so it doesn’t splash around a lot and begin to mix, gradually increasing the speed to medium until it is well-combined.
  • Add the 12 ounces of Cool Whip. Begin with a low speed on a hand mixer and gradually increase the speed to medium-high until well-combined, about two minutes. It will still be in liquid form but trust the jello to do its work and it will solidify as it chills.
  • Pour into a large glass serving bowl, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least four hours or until ready to serve. You can also use a 9×13 pan as an option instead.
  • Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip and fresh berries or other fruit as garnish if desired.

Notes

  • If preferred, buy two 8-ounce Cool Whip containers and use 1½ for the fluff and the extra half for the topping when serving.
  • This dessert is such a happy color, using a see-through bowl such as a trifle bowl would be a great way to show off the lovely yellow color.
  • For best results, make sure you give your salad at least 4 hours of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.
  • Another idea is to use your leftover lemon fluff dessert to make creamy popsicles by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

Nutrition

Sodium: 188mg | Calcium: 65mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 367IU | Sugar: 34g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 149mg | Cholesterol: 26mg | Calories: 278kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fat: 14g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 36g | Iron: 1mg
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