Here’s a Weight Watchers fruit salad recipe that is perfect for summer. These red, white, and blue dessert cups are wonderful to serve for the Fourth of July or any day you want to celebrate the sweet tastes of summer berries.
This refreshing, creamy dessert is loaded with blueberries and strawberries. Bring this WW treat to your next back yard cook-out or enjoy at home with friends and family.
Weight Watchers Fruit Salad Recipe
This WW dessert is a combination of berries, marshmallows, and whipped topping. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this sweet treat that comes together quickly with a few simple ingredients.
This fruit salad can be made any time of year but is especially good in the summer with berries are at their peak. (And the lowest price of the year.) Feel free to swap with any berries your store has available, like blackberries and raspberries.
You can even be adventurous and try this salad with chopped mango, peaches, or nectarines for a delicious twist of flavor. We recommend removing the skin from these fruits to keep your dessert extra creamy.
We chose to use berries because we love them and were excited to make this dessert just in time for Independence Day in the United States.
Can frozen fruit be used in this salad? We do not recommend frozen fruit because of the liquid content. If you simply must use frozen, thaw it completely and drain off excess liquid, then fold fruit in gently without over-stirring, which will cause the color to bleed. The taste will still be delicious, but the look won’t be as appealing.
WW Personal Points for Fruit Salad
Click here for your personalized points for this WW fruit salad with cream cheese: WW Personal Points for Red, White, and Blue Salad.
This fruit dessert is 7 points for me, but your points might be different.
Many WW members have fruit as zero points, but if you are on the Weight Watchers diabetic plan, fruit will have points for you so this salad will be a bit higher.
Plain fruit salad on WW is zero points if fruit is one of your zero point foods, but when you add extra ingredients (like the marshmallows, whipped topping, and cream cheese that we add here), remember to include the additional points. Also remember that anytime you blend fruit (such as in a smoothie), it’s additional points.
Click here for a listing of all the WW zero point foods with a printable PDF.
Is Fresh Fruit Salad Good For You?
It’s important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for a well-balanced diet, in as many different colors as possible. The concept if eating the rainbow is true for weight loss and overall health and wellness.
Combining a variety of fruits into a salad makes eating healthy a delicious treat. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, eating a vegetable or fruit salad increases the level of powerful antioxidants in your blood. Eating more fruit is an excellent way to improve overall health and reduce the risk of disease.
Is Fruit Salad Good For Weight Loss?
Yes, fruit is a great choice for weight loss.
The WW program has continued with the emphasis on allowing fruits as a zero point food for most members. While fruit does have sugar, it’s also full of fiber and nutrition.
Especially during the summer months, take advantage of the abundance of fresh produce to make it easier to stay within your daily points allowance.
Why is fruit good for you?
Healthline says, “Fruit is incredibly nutrient-dense and full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but it contains few calories, making it good for weight loss. Also, its high fiber and water contents make it very filling and appetite-suppressing. But try sticking to whole fruits instead of fruit juice or dried fruit.”
Fruit has gotten somewhat of a bad rap in recent years as people eat lower carb diets, especially the keto diet for weight loss, but eating fruit has many health benefits.
How Long Will Fruit Salad Keep?
While this Weight Watchers Fruit Salad will last about 3 days on average in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator, for optimal freshness it will be best within 24 hours of making it. If you are making this for a party or gathering, we recommend making the cups the night before to allow the flavors to blend.
This salad can be made in one large bowl, without spooning into individual servings if you prefer.
If you plan to eat it yourself as a WW meal prep or it’s simply too much for your family and you know you’ll be eating it over several days, we recommend mixing the cream cheese and cool whip mixture first and store. Then mix in the marshmallows and fruit in individual amounts right at serving time.
How Do You Keep Fruit Salad From Turning Brown?
With many fruit salads, you run into the issue of fruit turning brown before you’ve had a chance to serve it. Typically the way to prevent this is to spritz fruit with lemon or lime juice since the citric acid keeps fruit fresh.
You don’t need to worry about this salad turning brown due to the addition of extra ingredients like whipping topping and cream cheese.
Weight Watchers Fruit Salad (with Step by Step Photos)
Just in time for the 4th of July, this patriotic salad is creamy, sweet, and absolutely delicious. You’ll love how berries, cream cheese, marshmallows and whipping topping come together for a delicious treat that is low in WW points.
Prepare and wash fruit. Dry berries carefully on a towel or allow to air dry. It’s important that your fruit isn’t overly wet so your salad is creamy and not runny.
Quarter strawberries and add to a large bowl with
blueberries and marshmallows. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, add cream cheese and vanilla and mix on medium speed with an electric mixer.
Gently fold in Cool Whip. (Do not whip Cool Whip with an electric mixer because that pushes the air out.)
Add mixture to bowl with fruit and gently fold together. Spoon into 10 individual cup servings.
Alternatively, you can layer the fruit and cream cheese and cool whip mixture into the cups. Then dip in and enjoy!
Weight Watchers Fruit Salad Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup strawberries quartered
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 cups marshmallows
- 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese softened
- 8 oz fat free or light Cool Whip
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Prepare and wash fruit. Quarter strawberries and add to a large bowl with blueberries, marshmallows. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, add cream cheese and vanilla and mix on medium speed with an electric mixer. Gently fold in Cool Whip.
- Add mixture to bowl with fruit and gently fold together.
- Spoon into 10 individual cup servings.
What is your favorite fruit to put in fruit salad? Let us know in the comments below.
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