Creamy Cranberry Salad Recipe
- 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 walnuts
- 1. In a large bowl, mix first six ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- 2. To serve, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture. Yield: 16 servings (1/2 cup each).
Test Kitchen Tips
1/2 cup: 200 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
Reviews for Creamy Cranberry Salad
"I made this for Thanksgiving, everyone lived it. Making it again for Easter, wondering if anyone has tried different fruit."
"I made this for Thanksgiving and it was barely touched! I think I need to stick to more traditional homemade cranberry relish. I ended up eating it all by myself for lunch for a week."
"I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit even with those who won't normally try anything different!"
"leecruz, the recipe calls for FRESH OR FROZEN cranberries. hope that this helps. :)"
"I guess I don't care for raw cranberries....everything was great about this recipe except for the toughness of the cranberries. I wonder if they can be partially cooked before adding to the salad. My husband felt the same way, as I noticed him trying to chew and swallow. Will try again or perhaps use the dreaded canned whole berry cranberry sauce."
"Small error estimate on "16 servings". Just made this for Thanksgiving 2016 and 7 people consumed it all!"
"Do you measure the cranberries before or after they are chopped?"
"Wonderful change from the cranberry salad I have been eating for 30 years! lol"
"I made this for Easter dinner and my family loved it! I did add more walnuts than the recipe called for, for that extra crunch. Also, I liked the idea of it staying fresh and not runny for a week after Easter. We ate every bite to the bottom of the bowl!"
"Really, Really Good. I was so happy to find a recipe that used whipping cream instead of chemical laden whipped toppings. I will definitely made this a lot."
"Followed the recipe, no changes and everyone loved it."
"I cook in an elementary school and made this for the kids and they loved it. I did not have whole cranberries so I used canned cranberry sauce and it worked fine. I also could not put in the walnuts due to allergies. This is a keeper and I will make it again."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Very tasty and easy to put together. A Definite Winner! Even for the little kids that may not like fresh cranberries! Keeper..."
"This was outstanding but I just realized I forgot the apple! Haha! Will definitely be making this again."
"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!"
"This is so good! It's easy to make and great for holiday time!"
"Made this to take to my parents today.....holy amazing!"
"I wonder if I could use the dried cranberrys - not to fond of the fresh or frozen kind?"
"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."
"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."
"Who wouldn't love this. I prefer the fresh cranberries myself."
"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."
"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."
"Has good reviews but no one mentions the type of cranberries they use. Fresh? Frozen? Can't wait to try it!"
"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 family loved it, leftovers were better than the first day!!"
"awesome. made as written. I will be making every year now to take to both thanksgivings."
"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!"
"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."
"Added one small package of jello (any flavor) to help it set up and to add some sweetness. Everyone loved it! Delicious!"
"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???"
"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"
"I love the canned Ocean Spray Sauce. Has anyone ever substituted this for the frozen cranberries?"
"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."
"I make a similar recipe and use Cool Whip"
"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.????"
"Can you sub Cool whip for the whipping cream?"
"Added a little cream cheese into the cream when whipping..."
"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!"
"So Delicious YUM ?"
"We loved it and eat it like a dessert. My husband asks for it all the time."
"Very good flavor. Not sure mine set long enough, the cranberries even though blended, still were tough."
"Very good everyone said they enjoyed it and look forward to it again. The apple did not discolor."
"i make this every year but leave out the apple because of the discoloring. wonderful"
"Very good and easy too make."
"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."
"One of the most delicious recipes I've made. Had innumerable requests from people for it. Can't wait to make it again."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"