This Frozen Berry Fruit Salad is a delicious make-ahead dessert option that comes together in a snap. Filled with a blend of mixed berries and toasted pecans, it’s an easy sweet treat you can serve any time of year.
Easy Frozen Berry Fruit Salad Recipe
Frozen fruit salads are a classic dessert in the South with many variations. You my use any variety of fruit that you enjoy, from a simple can of fruit cocktail, to a combination of fresh strawberries and bananas. Some frozen fruit salads even include mayonnaise as an ingredient as you can see here on Hellmann’s website. The most convenient thing about these types of salads is they can be made in advance and served as a side dish or a dessert.
How to Make the Best Frozen Berry Fruit Salad Recipe
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Frozen Berry Fruit Salad: One pound frozen mixed berries, plain cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar, chopped pecans or walnuts, vanilla and almond extract, whipped cream and fresh berries for serving.
- Kitchen tools you’ll need: A 8 x 8 inch baking dish, large bowl, rubber spatula, measuring cups and spoons, hand mixer or stand mixer and
- For this recipe, I use a 16 ounce bag of frozen mixed berries that includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. You can use any blend of berries that you enjoy.
- You could use a combination of fresh berries, if that’s your preference. When doing so, toss them with a small amount of granulated sugar and allow them to macerate for a few minutes to release some of the liquid. This will naturally tint the color.
- This dessert has so few ingredients, I highly recommend that you go for the gold and use heavy cream. Life is short, eat dessert first.
- When mixing the berries into the cream filling, the juice from the berries gives it a pretty pink hue. If you like, you can add a few drops of food coloring but, it’s not necessary to do so.
- You’ll need to allow time for the dessert to soften before cutting. Leave on the counter for 25-30 minutes then use a sharp knife to cut into pieces.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry just before serving, if desired.
- Store Frozen Berry Fruit Salad in the freezer for up to 2 months.
More Fruit Desserts to Make
- My Punch Bowl Fruit Salad Trifle is a spectacular choice for family gatherings, baby and bridal showers.
- A glorious Fruit Bowl Sundae is a fun warm weather dessert that kids of all ages swoon over.
- This Easy Fruit Dip can be paired with seasonal fruit and served as a two-bite dessert for any occasion.
- This recipe for Fruit Pizza starts with a homemade cookie crust.
- See this tutorial for how to make your own Fruit Bouquet.
- Grape Salad is a vintage salad that’s creamy and filled with toasted pecans.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Frozen Berry Fruit Salad
- 1 1/3 cup chopped pecans toasted and divided
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp pure almond extract
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 16 oz bag frozen mixed berries i.e. strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
- optional garnishes sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries
- In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar vanilla and almond extracts.
- Gradually add heavy cream beating on medium-high for 3-5 minutes or until fluffy and stiff peaks form.
- Fold in frozen berries and 1 cup pecans by hand.
- Spread into a 8 x 8 inch dish. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.
- Cover and freeze overnight or until fully frozen.
- Rest on counter for 25-30 minutes to allow to soften. Run a knife around the edge then use a sharp knife to cut into desired size pieces.
- Serve immediately garnished as desired.