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Creamy Cranberry Salad Recipe

Creamy Cranberry Salad Recipe

One of my piano students taught me the perfect lesson in salad for the holidays. The keys are cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows and nuts. —Alexandra Lypecky, Dearborn, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients until blended. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Just before serving, fold cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture. Yield: 16 servings (1/2 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 202 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 36 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Cranberry Salad

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Absolutely will be making it again. It was very good and everyone else loved it too for Christmas. I would also halve the recipe for a smaller group. You don't have to wait just until you serve it to fold in the whipped cream and walnuts. It was fine the 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th day."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"If you like any kind of whipped or fruit type salad then you will really enjoy this, I could not find cranberries fresh or frozen so I used frozen cherries, and it was delicious … Using the cherries makes it a deeper color than what it shows in the picture but no big deal, have to say that this is a keeper, thank you so much for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Spectacular and crazy easy. I substituted a clementine for the apple and would do that again. Omitted the walnuts due to allergies. Regardless of the changes, everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Very tasty and easy to put together. A Definite Winner! Even for the little kids that may not like fresh cranberries! Keeper..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"This was outstanding but I just realized I forgot the apple! Haha! Will definitely be making this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I thought this recipe was really good and easy. It made a colorful addition to our Thanksgiving table. It makes a lot so I think I would halve it for smaller groups. I've also made it with frozen cherries."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! I've started the tradition of at least one new recipe every Thanksgiving and this was the one for this year's meal. Everyone from youngest to oldest loved it, even those who didn't think they liked cranberries! I did use real whipped cream. My grandsons asked to take the leftovers home with them and my daughter called the next day to say it was all gone and they were asking for more! Now that's a recipe endorsement for sure!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"This is so good! It's easy to make and great for holiday time!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"Made this to take to my parents today.....holy amazing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Great recipe!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"I wonder if I could use the dried cranberrys - not to fond of the fresh or frozen kind?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"I MAKE THIS SALAD EVERY YEAR FOR THANKSGIVING AND FOR CHRISTMAS. THE FAMILY LOVE IT!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"First made this years ago when seeing the Recipe on the Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberry package. The original recipe called only chopped apple and halved slice grapes. No pineapple. Great to remember this old recipe. I will make it again this Thanksgiving. When my boys were small they loved it....they did not know it had cranberries....just called the Pink Salad."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"I first brought this salad as my contribution to my family's Christmas potluck dinner in the 1990's. My family liked it so well that it became a tradition at our annual get-togethers. It is the perfect mixture of sweet & tangy. Really Really good! Since it is so simple to make, my aging mother took over the preparation as her contribution to our dinner. She always used a meat grinder to grind the cranberries instead of chopping them. I love the sound of the cranberries popping as they go through the grinder. If you don't have a grinder, make sure you chop them very well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"Who wouldn't love this. I prefer the fresh cranberries myself."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"I've made this recipe for many, many years, but instead of using an apple, I use an orange. I put fresh cranberries through my food grinder and then quarter an orange, peeling and all, then put that through the food grinder. Mix the cranberries and orange together with the sugar and let sit overnight. The next morning everything else can be added. Yummy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"I made this last Thanksgiving and it was wonderful.I don't like whipping cream so I used cool whip and it turned out great.I was asked for the recipe by several guests."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"Has good reviews but no one mentions the type of cranberries they use. Fresh? Frozen? Can't wait to try it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"OMG, we made this 3 times over the Christmas holiday, a definite keeper!! My grandkids hate cranberries, but they snarfed this down!!! I put a few bags in the freezer so we could have this after Christmas. We tried both Cool Whip & whipping cream, of course the whipped cream was better, but good either way!!! I will be making this for Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas!!! I would give this 10 stars, if I could!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"my family loved it, leftovers were better than the first day!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"awesome. made as written. I will be making every year now to take to both thanksgivings."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"This was really, really good!!! Great twist on a traditional ambrosia type salad. I chopped my cranberries in a food processor and it worked out great. I didn't let mine sit overnight either... It really only sat for a few hours and it was perfect. Of course Cool Whip can be used, but making your own whipped cream only takes a few minutes and is actually kinda fun. If you do use Cool Whip, you'll want to leave out some or all of the sugar because the whipped cream in this is unsweetened. Pecans are also great in this. One other note - my apples didn't discolor at all - 3 days later, the salad still looks great. Perfect little fruit salad for the holidays!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Delicious! Great way to serve cranberries! Makes a huge amount of salad, though. Next time I'll be cutting the recipe in half. Thanks for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Added one small package of jello (any flavor) to help it set up and to add some sweetness. Everyone loved it! Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"I love this salad as written. It made so much, however, that I would like to know if anyone has ever frozen it for later on???"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I have made this recipe for years always using cool whip. I suppose the heavy cream is probably just as good if not better, but I guess I opt for quick b/c I work full time. I have always found the cool whip to work well. the only time it didn't turn out is one year when I forgot the sugar!!!LOL"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"This is a great salad made just as written. Why would anyone want to use chemical laden cool whip in your food. Whipped cream is so much better in this salad. 5stars"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"I love the canned Ocean Spray Sauce. Has anyone ever substituted this for the frozen cranberries?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"I have made this for many years and have always used Cool Whip. I grind the cranberries and add crushed pineapple and sugar and let set overnight."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I make a similar recipe and use Cool Whip"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"This looks good but I would like an answer to the question elizabethgoudge asked. Has anyone made it with Cool Whip instead of whipping cream.????"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"Can you sub Cool whip for the whipping cream?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Added a little cream cheese into the cream when whipping..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"Delicious and nice and easy! I made this last Thanksgiving and plan to make it this year!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"I haven't made this yet....it does sound good, but need to know if "Cool Whip" be used in place of heavy cream? THANKS!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"So Delicious YUM ?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"We loved it and eat it like a dessert. My husband asks for it all the time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 10, 2014

"Very good flavor. Not sure mine set long enough, the cranberries even though blended, still were tough."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"Very good everyone said they enjoyed it and look forward to it again. The apple did not discolor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"I mixed everything but the cream together the night before, and the next day when we got to the in-laws house added the freshly whipped cream....refrigerated for a bit and, WOW! What a lovely salad and fabulous way to add Cranberries to Thanksgiving without putting up with the canned kind!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"i make this every year but leave out the apple because of the discoloring. wonderful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"Very good and easy too make."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"Very nice flavors and easy to make. I didn't chope the cranberries fine enough though and it was a bit crunchy. Will save and make again. Thanks for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I have been making this for a couple of years now for christmas dinner. It really is delicious and very refreshing. I'm not even a big cranberry lover but I sure love this. And so does my family."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"One of the most delicious recipes I've made. Had innumerable requests from people for it. Can't wait to make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"Even my teenage (and above) boys who normally don't like cranberries,loved this salad. I didn't add the nuts and I used Cool Whip Lite instead of the whipping cream."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I used cherry craisins as no fresh cranberries in store and cut the sugar to less than 1/3 cup. Fantastic!! Heavy cream held up over 5 days!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"I modified this recipe just a bit so it would keep longer in the fridge. I added a can of mandarin oranges and used cool whip instead of the whipping creamwhich won't break down as fast. My family really loved it!"

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