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Creamy Cranberry Salad

One of my piano students taught me the perfect lesson in holiday recipes: this fresh cranberry salad. The keys are tangy fruit, fluffy marshmallows and crunchy nuts. —Alexandra Lypecky, Dearborn, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, 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 California Walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix first 6 ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • To serve, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture.



Test Kitchen Tips
  • Make it easy on yourself: Pulse cranberries in a food processor to chop them. (Here's our Test Kitchen's fave food processor.)
  • To really bring the walnuts to life, toast them for a few minutes in a dry skillet. Stir occasionally and watch closely so they don't burn. Remove from the heat when fragrant.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/2 cup: 200 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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    • Susan
      Nov 26, 2020

      I've been making this for years. Cool whip works great if short on time. I've always added green and red grapes instead of pineapple. I think mandarin orange would be great too.

    • Cindy
      Nov 25, 2020

      I dont know about anyone else but UNSWEENTED pineapple in my neck of the woods doesn't exist. I just reduced the sugar a little and hoped for the best.

    • jobatemi
      Dec 2, 2019

      I've been making this for 40 years only I add a box of pistachio instant pudding with the whip cream

    • zaxoma
      Dec 2, 2019

      Made this and it was enjoyed by all. Only change is I reduced the sugar to half a cup.

    • Renee
      Nov 27, 2019

      My husband couldn't wait for me to make it again. It was loved by all.

    • Donna
      Nov 4, 2019

      I use a can of mandarin oranges instead of the apple and it is great.

    • kadoozlebug
      Sep 16, 2019

      This looks wonderful, I'll try it soon. Someone suggested substituting rice for marshmallows to make it less sweet. I wonder if orzo might work also. Any thoughts on this?

    • kadoozlebug
      Sep 16, 2019

      This looks wonderful, I'll try it soon. Someone suggested substituting rice for marshmallows to make it less sweet. I wonder if orzo might work also. Any thoughts on this?

    • CharleneG
      Sep 1, 2019

      Lived in MI my whole life, lived all over the state and never heard of this. How haven't I heard of this? Pasties? Yes. Detroit square pizza? Yes. Orange dream salad? Yes. How did I go 60 yrs without ever hearing of this? This needs to be in my repertoire!

    • jmwolf
      Mar 4, 2019

      My mother used to make this when I was growing up in the 60's/70's.....she would put it in a pretty crystal bowl to serve. Note: she always ground the cranberries for the recipe.