Rocky Road Cheesecake Salad

Rocky Road Cheesecake Salad is a fluffy and indulgent dessert salad that’s rich, creamy and topped with chocolate chips, nuts, and marshmallows.

rocky road cheesecake saladpinterestHi, everyone! My name is Nichole, and I’m the food blogger over at The Salty Marshmallow. I am excited to be here, sharing some of my favorite recipes!

The very first recipe I wanted to share with you all is one of my favorite quick and easy, no-bake desserts. This fluffy rocky road salad is always a winner around the holiday season. I’d say that’s partly due to the fact that it only requires five minutes of your time to make. Simple desserts like this are sometimes the most spectacular!

One thing that I love most about this cheesecake salad is that it tastes very similar to brownie batter! Except it’s much more thick and creamy, and of course no raw eggs to worry about.

rocky road cheesecake salad

My love of things “Rocky Road” takes me back to when I was a kid.  It was my dad’s favorite flavor of ice cream, and I still remember sitting on his lap sharing a bowl!

This salad came about because I wanted to re-create all of that amazing rocky road flavor.  But, I wanted something that was great for the fall and winter months.  Not cold, like ice cream.  Something really comforting with a deep chocolate flavor!

Another one of my favorite cool weather desserts is this Caramel Apple Crisp or Fresh Fruit Ambrosia Salad.

rocky road cheesecake salad

Tips for making Rocky Road Cheesecake Salad:

  1. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before serving.  The longer it chills, it will become more “firm” so if you plan to make ahead and serve it later, allow the salad to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes first.
  2. If you’re serving this later, I recommend stirring the chocolate chips and pecans right into the mixture.  The marshmallows should be left off until right before serving.
  3. This salad is like a very thick and creamy chocolate mousse. Mix on low unless your bowl is deep!

rocky road cheesecake salad

This salad is great eaten with a spoon or served as a dip with graham crackers!


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Rocky Road Cheesecake Salad

Rocky Road Cheesecake Salad is a fluffy and indulgent dessert salad that's rich, creamy and topped with chocolate chips, nuts, and marshmallows.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Nichole


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz cool whip, thawed
  • 3.9 oz Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans


  • In a large bowl using hand mixer or in the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  • Mix in the pudding, milk, and vanilla extract until everything is incorporated. Fold in the Cool Whip (I use the mixer for this step). Fold in the mini marshmallows (if serving immediately), chocolate chips and pecans, reserving a little bit of each for topping.
  • Place the cheesecake mixture into a bowl. At this point you may cover the salad and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • If you're serving immediately, top the cheesecake salad with the reserved marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pecans as desired. Enjoy!
NOTE: If you are planning to make this salad ahead of time you can stir the chocolate chips and pecans right in to the mixture, but the marshmallows should only be added right before serving.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Cheesecake, Chocolate, Dessert, marshmallows, pecan, Rocky Road
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My family LOVED this Rocky Road Cheesecake Salad! It's a fluffy dessert salad that's rich, creamy and topped with chocolate chips, nuts, and marshmallows.


About the author

Hi, I'm Nichole and I love cooking up classic family comfort foods! Creating easy meals for the everyday home cook out of simple ingredients that don't sacrifice flavor is my mission!
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  1. 2pots2cook

    I wish I was your neighbour ! Adding it on my list for holidays. Thank you so much for sharing ! Goodbye to counting calories !

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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