Banana Split Fluff Salad

Banana Split Fluff Salad

A delicious and refreshing no-bake dessert salad that’s perfect for hot summer days. It has all the flavors of a banana split transformed into a fluffy, sweet salad.

Nothing beats the sweet refreshment of a classic banana split on a hot summer day. The combo of cool ice cream, fruit, nuts, whipped cream and sweet cherries is simply divine. But why not transform those iconic flavors into a luscious no-bake salad that’s perfect for all your summer parties and potlucks? This Banana Split Fluff Salad keeps things light and airy with a fluffy texture and delicious mix of ingredients that will transport you right back to the ice cream parlor.

The star ingredients of this easy salad recipe include sweet vanilla pudding, pineapple chunks, banana slices, marshmallows and chocolate chips. It comes together in mere minutes but needs a brief chill time to allow the flavors to meld into chilled perfection. Kids and adults alike will be coming back for seconds of this crowdpleasing dessert that puts a fun twist on a classic. The recipe scales up easily for larger gatherings, making it a no-fuss sweet finale even on your busiest days of backyard barbecuing. Keep reading to learn the simple secrets behind crafting this delightful sweet salad.

Can I make this salad dairy-free? 

Yes, instead of regular whipped cream, you can substitute dairy-free whipped topping or coconut cream. Just make sure it is thawed before making the recipe.

Do I have to use bananas?

While bananas are traditional for a banana split flavor, you can omit them or use another fruit like strawberries or pineapple instead. Frozen mixed berries also work if you want to keep it extra cold.

What can I serve the banana split salad with? 

It makes a great dessert on its own but you can also serve it topped with ice cream and crushed nuts for extra texture and flavor. It pairs well with graham crackers, brownies, or even between two cookies transformed into an ice cream sandwich.

How long will this salad keep in the fridge? 

It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days maximum. Make sure to cover the entire salad and store it chilled until ready to serve. The bananas tend to brown quickly so it’s best enjoyed within the first day.


  • 1 (20oz) can crushed pineapple, juice included (about 2 1⁄3 cups)
  • 1 (3.4oz) box instant banana pudding mix
  • 8oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1⁄2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 10oz jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped, reserving 1 cherry for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the can of crushed pineapple with its juice and banana pudding mix. Stir for 2-3 minutes until thickened like traditional pudding.
  2. Fold in the whipped topping until well blended.
  3. Add 1⁄4 cup chocolate chips, the marshmallows, walnuts, banana slices and chopped maraschino cherries. Gently fold everything together, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl or individual dishes.
  5. Top with the remaining 1⁄4 cup chocolate chips, reserved maraschino cherry, and extra banana slices for garnish if desired.
  6. Chill salad for at least 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to develop. Recipe By
  7. Enjoy this sweet treat on its own or topped with extras like sprinkles, caramel or chocolate sauce.


  • Chill the pineapple overnight ahead of time for best results.
  • Drain chopped cherries well on paper towels to prevent red bleeding color.
  • Gently fold salad rather than stirring to retain fluffiness.
  • Consume banana split salad within 1-2 days before bananas brown.

Enjoy this fun riff on the classic ice cream treat! Kids and adults alike will love the combination of fruits, nuts and sweet mix-ins.

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