Fruit Salad Trifle: The Perfect No-Bake Summer Dessert
This beautifully presented fruit salad trifle is layered in a glass bowl and gives a new spin on a classic fruit salad. The sweet whipped topping layers perfectly with the naturally sweet fruit.
A couple of weeks ago my sister and I went thrifting and yard sailing. One of my favorite past times is shopping second-hand because there are just so many treasures out there to be had. Since I love food photography, cooking, and baking I always tend to scour the food aisles of second-hand stores and yard sales. I struck goal during this haul because I got a trifle bowl that was just like my great aunts. She used to make the best layered fruit salad with whipped cream, strawberries, and crushed pineapple. It was so delicious and seemingly fancy to eat from that glass bowl.
So, like any goo thrifter, I added the best $4.99 purchase I could find at that store to my cart and happy scoured the shelves for some additional kitchen goodies. I did find a gorgeous China cake stand that I will be sharing soon with a lemon cake.
Can you tell I am all about the Summer Fruit Desserts lately?
The beauty of creating a trifle dessert is that the possibilities really are endless. You could layer fruit in-between pudding mix, pound cake, fresh berries, fresh fruit, Cool Whip, whipped topping, or you could even go the savory route.
For this fruit salad trifle, I wanted it to be pretty simple, and lower calorie. While I added full fat whipped topping, you can use sugar free, or reduced calorie. You could even make this no-bake dessert Weight Watchers friendly with those tips. Just simply add the zero points fruit options to make your dessert.
Since this is perfect for cookouts, I will be recreating this for the holiday weekend. It took me about 20 minutes to make but that included a lot of fruit washing, drying, chopping, and layering. You could totally prep the fruit ahead of time and store it in air-tight containers.
Sometimes I used honey & a little lime to sweeten my fruit salad. However, for this layered fruit trifle I am depending on the fruits natural sweetness, and the whipped topping. I think this worked really well to balance out the flavors. I used a larger whipped topping container and it ended up being the perfect amount for two layers of cream in between the fruit.
With summer in full swing fruits like pineapple, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, and peaches were ideal. I love to use seasonal produce because it is typically sweeter, and cheaper!
Want to recreate this Fruit Salad Trifle: The Perfect No-Bake Summer Dessert? Here is what you will need:
- 1 medium pineapple: peeled, cored, and chunked.
- 2 cups of watermelon diced into smaller pieces
- 1 pint of blueberries washed & dried
- 1 pint of strawberries washed, hulled, and dried.
- 2 ripe peaches (remove pit) diced into smaller chunks
- large 16-ounce size container of whipped topping
Add a layer of pineapple, watermelon, berries, and peaches to the bottom of your glass trifle bowl.
Add one half of the whipped topping. Use a baking spatula to spread the topping evenly over the fruit.
Repeat steps one and two.
Once you have your final layer of cream exposed, you can add a pattern of diced fruit. I started with strawberries, and worked my way around the circle to create a pattern.
To serve, use a large serving spoon and add a portion to each dish. This easily feeds a minimal of 10 people but upwards of 12-15 if you serve smaller portions.
Next, up on my trifle dessert goal list is this Outrageous Lemon Lover’s Trifle—tell me it doesn’t look amazing?! I am a sucker for all things lemon!
Will you be making this perfectly sweet fruit trifle this summer? I am sure all your cookout/BBQ/party guests would love it! Let me know below!
Get the printable version of this Fruit Salad Trifle recipe below!
Love strawberries and whipped topping? Try this Strawberry Lemonade Cake!