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Festive Cranberry Salad

This cool, tangy salad always prompts recipe requests. It must be the combination of tart cranberries, sweet pineapple and pecans in a fluffy base. I appreciate how easy it is to prepare. -Denise Goedeken, Platte Center, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine milk and lemon juice; mix well. Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, pecans and food coloring if desired. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Freeze until firm, 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 227 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • TNbluffbaker
    Apr 20, 2017

    I omitted the pecans and marshmallows and it was still delicious. Instead of using a 9 x 13 pan, I frozen these in cupcake liners. Once frozen, I stored them in the freezer in an airtight container. A nice dish to serve at Thanksgiving, but also very refreshing in the summertime.

  • drutkow
    Nov 26, 2016

    Easy delicious omitted nuts because of allergy will definitely make again.

  • shawnba
    Jul 4, 2015

    Love this!! It reminds me of the old fashioned ambrosia my Mom made in years past, but with a new modern twist!! Definitely a keeper!!

  • Kimwatson
    Dec 18, 2014

    I've been making this salad at Christmas and Thanksgiving for many years and everyone always enjoys it. At the request of my co-workers one year, I was asked to enter it for our branch into the city wide Bank Christmas party dessert contest. It took 1st Place, and it technically is a salad. THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS! Give it a try!

  • delowenstein
    Dec 1, 2014

    I recall preparing this salad when my family was at our home for either Christmas OR Thanksgiving Day. If I remember correctly, it was quite some time back. I thought it came out nicely-my family honestly found other cranberry salads more to their taste! I didn't use any pecans in the salad! delowenstein

  • parksville
    Dec 26, 2013

    I made this salad for Christmas dinner and it was delicious. I used 1/2 c pecan chips and would add more the next time. Also made it a day ahead and placed into a clear glass bowl for presentation. It set-up well in the fridge overnight w/out having to freeze it. Used 1/2 tsp red food coloring which was not enough as it turned out "pink"! Yummy, nonetheless! Will definitely make again, it is so easy and tasty. It serves more than 16 people, probably more like 20.

  • parksville
    Dec 26, 2013

    I made this salad for Christmas dinner and it was delicious. I used 1/2 c pecan chips and would add more the next time. Also made it a day ahead, placed into a clear glass bowl. It set-up well in the fridge overnight w/out having to freeze it. Used 1/2 tsp red food coloring, but would use more the next time as it turned out "pink"! Yummy, nonetheless! Will definitely make again, it is so easy and tasty. It serves more than 16, probably 20 people.

  • sundbergv
    Dec 11, 2013

    Best salad ever. I make this every year for the holidays, it's become a tradition. I have had my guests ask me to make it.

  • Skinny Cook
    Dec 30, 2010

    We love this recipe! We have served it for holidays for many years and it is a favorite. My kids affectionately call it "Purple Puff".

  • sylvia_moss
    Nov 30, 2010

    I did not freeze this because it was really good just as a salad. Everyone loved it!