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Cranberry Ambrosia Salad

My paternal grandmother used to make this for Christmas dinner. I'm not sure how many batches she made, as there were nearly fifty aunts, uncles and cousins in our family. I still make the recipe in memory of her, and it's still as good as I remember.—Janet Hurley, Shell Rock, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a food processor, cover and process cranberries until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in pineapple and sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Just before serving, fold in the marshmallows, whipped cream and pecans.

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  • CAS Smith
    Apr 3, 2020

    We loved it!

  • ktype
    Dec 30, 2018

    Our family did not care for this.

  • Michael
    Dec 18, 2018

    Sounds delicious. I’m going to make it. Wondering about the addition of coconut flakes.

  • Sarah
    Dec 18, 2018

    Sounds like what my mother-in-law made every thanksgiving and Christmas!

  • JM
    Dec 18, 2018

    We used to call this andquot;Heavenly Hashandquot; and it was and is delicious.

  • kathyhh
    Dec 18, 2018

    I think it sounds great I think Iand#039;ll just use the whip as my sciatic has been bugging me and I do not want to get it going again!! I think everyone I know will love it!!!!

  • tishathomas
    Feb 8, 2018

    My large family has eaten this delicious and beautiful salad, with fresh halved grapes instead of pineapple, for 60 years.

  • lynnek
    Dec 21, 2017

    My Grandmother made this every Christmas!

  • Delias311
    Dec 20, 2017

    I have made this recipe many times before and it's always a hit! I can't wait to have it again for Christmas! Thank you for sharing!

    Dec 20, 2017

    This is an oldie but goody recipe. I added some mandarin oranges, and all in all, it's just a great little recipe. Thank you for sharing !!