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Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

I love cheesecake. And I love berries.

And though I also love chocolate, I’d much rather have cheesecake with berries than chocolate cheesecake!

Anyway . . . I recently came across this recipe for Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Salad and thought, “That would be a perfect summer side dish, snack or light dessert.”

Then I looked at the ingredients and realized there are a couple things on there I just never buy. And while I often do buy unusual things for recipes I want to try, I thought I could rework this one without those odd ingredients.

So, I made my own version of a Red, White and Blue Berry Cheesecake Salad.

 

Red, white & blue berry cheesecake salad makes a delicious summer side dish, snack or light dessert that is quick and simple to make. Kid approved!

 

The kids loved it. And the neighbor kids loved it. Success!

With its patriotic colors, it would make a great addition to your Fourth of July menu. If you already have your red, white and blue dish picked out, then maybe you need one of these savory salad recipes, all mayo free and safe to serve outside.

Yes, the “original” recipe had bananas in it . . . feel free to add them if your crew approves. Mine wouldn’t!

Red, White & Blue Berry Cheesecake Salad

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or 3 tablespoons honey)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (if using honey, decrease to 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 pounds strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 2-3 containers additional blackberries, blueberries or raspberries, washed as needed
  • bananas, optional

Using an electric hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar or honey and beat until well mixed. Add lemon juice and vanilla and beat again. Add whipping cream a little (maybe 1/4 cup) at a time, mixing well after each addition. Keep mixer on low unless you want to splatter the whole kitchen! When all cream has been added, turn mixer up and continue beating until light and fairly fluffy. This should have the effect of whipping the cream. Fold in prepared berries. Chill 1-2 hours and serve.

NOTES:

  • The honey version may become more soupy than fluffy. This is especially true the longer it sits.
  • Cheesecake mixture can be prepared a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate; them fold in berries 1-2 hours prior to serving.
  • Raspberries are delicious, but fold them in last and very gently to avoid mushing them.
  • If using bananas, you might want to use just one pound strawberries.

Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad
 
Simple and delicious summer side dish, snack or dessert. Patriotic colors make it perfect for a Memorial Day or July 4th menu.
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish or Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar (or 3 tablespoons honey)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (if using honey, decrease to 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 pounds strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 2-3 containers additional blackberries, blueberries or raspberries, washed as needed
  • bananas, optional
Instructions
  1. Using an electric hand mixer, beat softened cream cheese in large bowl until smooth.
  2. Add sugar or honey and beat until well mixed.
  3. Add lemon juice and vanilla and beat again.
  4. Add whipping cream a ¼ cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Keep mixer on low unless you want to splatter the whole kitchen!
  5. When all cream has been added, turn mixer up and continue beating until light and fairly fluffy. This should have the effect of whipping the cream.
  6. Fold in prepared berries.
  7. Chill 1-2 hours before serving.
Notes
**My kids don't love bananas; if yours do, they're a great addition to make the salad stretch further, i.e. - feed more people! or cut down on the strawberries.
**The honey version is equally delicious but may become more soupy than fluffy. This is especially true the longer it sits.
**Cheesecake mixture can be prepared a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate; them fold in berries 1-2 hours prior to serving.
**Raspberries are delicious, but fold them in last and very gently to avoid mushing them.

 

Red, white & blue berry cheesecake salad recipe makes a delicious summer side dish, snack or light dessert that is quick and simple to make. Kid approved!

 

 

Your turn! I'd love to hear your thoughts or questions.