Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Salad

Living where we do in central South Carolina we can get to many great mountain destinations within a few hours but I always love to go the northeast Georgia mountains because one of my very best friends and favorite people on the planet lives there. My college roomy was from the Clayton, Georgia area so I spent a ton of time with her there over the years when we were in school. I fell in love with the area 20 years ago so it’s my go-to spot for a mountain getaway.

The last time we were up for a trip, I got to spend time with Shelly (my old roomy) and her family. Amid all the reminiscing, visiting, site-seeing and long talks, one little pearl stayed with me. Somebody said something about a “cheesecake salad” which was, evidently, a favorite among the family. I learned this was some sort of dessert with a cheesecake filling, strawberries and mini marshmallows. I tucked that away in my gourd for the future because it sounded gooooooood ta meh!

With Memorial Day right around the corner (and 4th of July not too far off) I’ve been thinking of patriotic desserts and decided it was time to figure this whole “cheesecake salad” thing out. Add some blueberries and boom, you’ve got the perfect red, white and blue dessert!

I found a couple recipes for “cheesecake salad” out there but didn’t really love some of the ingredients so I just made it the way that sounded good to me. I whipped up a no-bake cheesecake base then added the berries and marshmallows. I can’t say that I would have thought to use the marshmallows (and was a little on the fence about them) but I knew the recipe my mountain buddies loved so much had them so I used them too. I’m so glad I did because those fluffy little nuggets were the perfect contrast to the rich cheesecake filling and the twang from the berries.

When I’m preparing food for cookouts and picnics, I always always ALWAYS reach for my GladWare®. I don’t have to worry about it getting broken or losing a lid and I know everything will stay fresh because they seal up nice and tight! I kind of think of these containers as disposable in that, if I leave it somewhere, I haven’t lost a huge investment but the truth is, I wash and reuse these things over and over and over again. My glass dishes just don’t keep things fresh like the GladWare® does.

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