Sweetheart Salad — A Treat for Your Valentine

Sweetheart Salad may be the most appropriately named dish for today!

My aunt has been making this creamy dessert for family gatherings since I was a little girl. I asked her to share the recipe with me so I had it for my own collection, and then I thought it would be perfect to share with you this Valentine’s Day.

Whip this up quickly and share it with your own sweetheart after dinner! Or before; whatever works!

This sweet treat is fruity, fluffy, and full of different textures thanks to the ingredients inside, and its red and pink coloring is perfectly themed for the holiday celebrating love. Sweetheart Salad is really easy to make and keeps well stored in and air-tight container inside the fridge.

I’m not sure why this dessert is so addicting to me. I usually fill up a section of my plate with it and forgo some of the other tasty sweets on the table, and usually take some leftovers home!

Now, with this recipe, I don’t have to wait for family parties to have some! Here it is!


  • 2 cans crushed pineapple; do not drain
  • 2 tbl lemon juice
  • 2 tbl maraschino cherry juice
  • 15-20 diced maraschino cherries
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 packages (or 1.5 tbl ) of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water

For whipped cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbl powdered sugar


  • Heat pineapple with sugar on stove, soften gelatin with water
  • Combine gelatin, lemon juice and maraschino cherry juice to pineapple mixture; let cool
  • Combine cream cheese with diced cherries with mixer in a large bowl, slowly adding pineapple mixture into bowl; chill in fridge
  • Whip the cream and powdered sugar until whipped cream is formed, then blend it with chilled mixture. Serve.

Love chocolate? Throw in a few handfuls of mini or regular chocolate chips to add some decadence to this dish!

I hope you enjoy Sweetheart Salad as much as I do, and I also hope this Valentine’s Day fills you with love and happiness!


About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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9 Responses to Sweetheart Salad — A Treat for Your Valentine

  1. Anita Mueller says:

    My mother, who was a good friend of your Grandma P’s…also made this special treat…hope you are doing well and have a “Sweet” Valentine’s Day.

  2. Janet M Schnell says:

    Yum! Wish I had all ingredients here to make! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  3. aunt kim says:

    Oh YUM!! I’m glad the tradition is carrying on…..my people are not maraschino cherry fans so I don’t get this anymore…..but I sure do miss it….! And I agree, it would be a fantastic Valentines treat, especially with some mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top! Maybe I will make a half batch for myself sometime.

    • Karin says:

      Honestly….I pick out the diced cherries! I don’t like maraschinos, but I feel it needs to be in the dish. I don’t mind the juice mixed with the pineapple!

  4. Marabeth says:

    WOW…..how happy to know this recipe exists on the internet. I have been making this for more years than I can count. It was a special recipe of my mother-in-law who has since passed away. My recipe card, from her, was worn and tattered and taped together. Just this morning, my 42 year old daughter asked if I could make it for Thanksgiving. It was always her favorite growing up…..a true comfort food. I haven’t made it for several years now and couldn’t find it. I have looked high and low for that tattered card, through every recipe book…..every recipe box…..every nook and cranny. You are my lifesaver!! This is the exact same recipe. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you!!!!

  5. Marabeth says:

    By the way………..your title is Expected Miracles. I would say it was a miracle I came across your post! Thank you again!

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