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Festive Cranberry Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is a tradition on my Christmas table. It goes together quickly, which is a plus on such a busy day. —Rousheen Arel Wolf, Delta Junction, Alaska
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 medium apples, diced
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, halved


  • In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, water and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until berries pop, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add cranberry mixture; stir gently. Refrigerate until serving.
Editor's Note
If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 105 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Emily
    Nov 27, 2020

    Wanted to have a cranberry dish but not the typical cranberry side. Everyone from the picky adults to the picky kids ate this and asked for more. We had it with breakfast the following morning and it was just as delicious. The fruit did not turn brown as I expected a day later. Will continue to make this for our holiday meals.

  • fsunoles
    Jun 19, 2020

    Make this every holiday. People love the mix of fruit and getting away from the traditional fruit.

  • newgrandma
    Dec 30, 2019

    this salad is very pleasing to the eye, but the cooked cranberries give it an overall mushy taste. I will not make again.

  • NisieW
    Dec 23, 2019

    Kathleen, if you make all of those changes, then it is not the same recipe. It is a different recipe.

  • Kathleen
    Dec 21, 2019

    You can make this recipe easier by not cooking the cranberries. Just coarsely chop the raw cranberries, add about 1/2 cup turbo ground sugar, grated orange peel , and juice from 1/2 orange. Mix it in with the fruit.

  • barbara
    Dec 19, 2019

    Very tasty and a snap to make.

  • Maureen
    Dec 18, 2019

    No comment left

  • kimspacc
    Jan 22, 2019

    A tasty side for a holiday potluck! I would make this again.

  • rena 55
    Dec 12, 2018

    Made this for a Christmas party this week...there was nothing left in the bowl!! I used fresh fruit and made it exactly from the recipe! I handed out lots of copies of the recipe and will be making it again for us!