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Creamy Cranberry Apple Salad

For over 30 years, this recipe has been a holiday tradition in my family. With marshmallows, cranberries, apples and grapes, it has a sweet-tart flavor and comforting creaminess that appeals to all ages.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 medium apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup halved seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • Coarsely chop the cranberries; place in a large bowl. Stir in marshmallows and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, stir in the apples, grapes, walnuts and salt. Fold in whipped topping.

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  • shyannesue
    Nov 6, 2015

    We have had this salad for Thanksgiving for over 30 years. My mother-in-law first made this and it has been a tasty and beautiful addition on our table ever since. We substitute pecans for the walnuts. My daughter and I love to have it for our "breakfast" the following day!

  • strobrelady
    Jul 24, 2014

    this is a recipe handed down from my mother and our family favorite.We make this every Thanksgiving . When I take it to any function, People rave about it. and it is the most beautiful color!Strawberry Lady

  • cookandbaker
    Dec 26, 2009

    This salad is amazing!!!!!!!! I would give it higher than 5 stars if I could. Absolutely delicious! It shot right to the top of my favorites list.

  • foodforfamily
    Nov 16, 2009

    After serving this recipe at a family gathering, my mom, sister-in-law and mother-in-law all went home with a copy of the recipe! Not only is it delicious, attractive to serve, and easy to assemble - beginning the preparation the night before is a real advantage as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe!