Dec 2, 2016

Christmas Cranberry Salad

I've made my fair share of cranberry salad recipes through out the years and this Christmas Cranberry Salad is my favorite so far. It is so creamy with a great balance of sweet and tart from the cranberries. I absolutely loved it, as did my family.

The pecans in this recipe are optional and I did end up skipping them. I think it is a mouthfeel preference but I wanted this salad to be primarily creamy and light without the crunch of nuts. I still think it would be delicious with them though. If you use the nuts please be sure to let me know what you thought!

Perfectly sweet and light, a must have on any holiday plate, whether it be for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. Really any holiday or special occasion. Can you tell I love this delicious salad? Enjoy!

Note: Step one of this recipe needs to be done the day/night before you continue with step number 2.

Christmas Cranberry Salad
Makes 12-16 small servings
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  • 1 pound fresh cranberries, finely ground (frozen cranberries are fine too, just let them thaw first)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 pint whipped cream, beaten stiff
  1. Mix together the cranberries and sugar; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, combine the cranberry mixture with the pineapple, marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream. Mix well.
  3. Pour into a 3 quart dish, cover and refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.
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  1. Replies
    1. Yes that is what you want to use for this recipe. Just set them in the fridge the night before so they are thawed out when you start the recipe. You *might* be able to chop/process frozen cranberries but I think it'd be much easier if you let them thaw.

  2. Ali, Thanks so much. Can't wait to try

    1. I could only find whole frozen cranberries. Can I mash them up are put them in a blender to crush them after I unthaw them
      for the salad ? thanks

    2. If you have a food processor that'd be best. A blender isn't ideal.

  3. It is so pretty! I think I would skip the nuts too. I love nuts, but not really in things like this.

    1. I think I might try it with nuts next time, but I agree I tend to like smooth textures in recipes like this too.

  4. Christmas is still up in the air for us, but if we are hosting, I am definitely making this. Most likely, I will divide it into two, so part can have nuts.

  5. Could you tell me where I could buy the frozen cranberries? Could not find them.


    1. Grocery stores can be hit or miss, but they typically carry fresh or frozen cranberries in November and December. I would try calling your local grocery stores if you want to save yourself a trip, otherwise you may have to shop around and see who is carrying them. If they don't have them frozen they might have them fresh (just refrigerated), so that is something to ask. Good luck!