Cranberry Fluff Salad

  • Who doesn’t love a great side dish? This Cranberry Fluff Salad is a wonderful side dish to serve at any holiday or even just Sunday dinner! It uses fresh (or frozen) whole cranberries, pineapple, cream cheese, apples, and whipped cream! This retro recipe is a fluffy, creamy side dish (or dessert) that everyone will love!

    Overhead view of cranberry fluff salad in a bowl garnished with fresh cranberries and pecans. Red napkin off to the side.

    I love it when I look through old cookbooks and discover a hidden gem of a recipe. That’s how I feel about this cranberry salad. It’s a great salad to have in your recipe box when you want to serve something different and that everyone will love.

    Reasons To Make This Yummy Cranberry Salad

    • Make ahead friendly….in fact it tastes better if made in advance!
    • Easy to make
    • Different from the usually sweet desserts
    • Sweet, creamy, and slightly tart
    • Easy to change and adjust to your tastes!
    • Great to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas. But don’t let that stop you from serving it during the summer! The slight tartness in the salad is actually quite refreshing!
    Overhead view of the ingredients needed to make this fluff salad.

    SIMPLE INGREDIENT LIST

    CRANBERRIES: You will need fresh cranberries for this recipe. I also have used frozen as well. So buy a few extra bags and stash them in your freezer to make this salad all year long!
    PINEAPPLE: I prefer to use crushed pineapple in this salad but you could use tidbits. Just drain well.

    MINI MARSHMALLOWS
    APPLE:
    Use a green apple to make it even more festive!
    CREAM CHEESE, WHIPPING CREAM, POWDERED SUGAR, and VANILLA: All make up the creamy cheesecake part, YUM!

    Six pictures showing the steps to make the fluff salad.

    HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY FLUFF SALAD:

    FRUIT: Finely chop the cranberries. (I like to use a food processor). Combine with the pineapple and let sit for 2 hours to let the flavors combine.

    CHEESECAKE MIXTURE: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. In a separate bowl combine the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form. Add cream cheese and blend just until combined. Fold in the remaining ingredients just until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    TIPS AND VARIATIONS:

    • FRUIT: Use a green apple instead of red. Use 1 cup of grapes or even 1 can of mandarin oranges (drained) instead of apples.
    • NUTS: You can add 1 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts, or even almonds to the salad.
    • You can replace the fresh cranberries for 1 (14 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce or 1 1/3 cups of homemade cranberry sauce (the salad will be sweeter). Or use thawed frozen cranberries.
    • I strongly recommend making this salad well in advance to let the flavors combine. I truly think the salad tastes best being made in advance.

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    Cranberry Fluff Salad
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Chill time:
    4 hrs
    Total Time
    4 hrs 15 mins
     

    Who doesn't love a great side dish? This Cranberry Fluff Salad is a wonderful side dish to serve at any holiday or even just Sunday dinner! It uses fresh (or frozen) whole cranberries, pineapple, cream cheese, apples, and whipped cream! This retro recipe is a fluffy, creamy side dish (or dessert) that everyone will love!

    Course: Fruit dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cranberry salad, fluff salad
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 616 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 (12oz) (340g) package fresh cranberries
    • 1 (8oz) (225g) can crushed pineapple
    • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, softened
    • 2 cups (475ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
    • 1 cup (105g) powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspooon vanilla
    • 2 cups (90g) mini marshmallows
    • 1 large apple, diced
    Instructions
    1. In a food processor coarsely grind the cranberries. Transfer to a large bowl along with the pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

    2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. In a separate bowl combine the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks form. Add cream cheese and beat just until combined.

    3. Add cream cheese mixture to the cranberry mixture along with the marshmallows and diced apple. Fold just until combined. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

    Recipe Notes
    1. STORING: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
    2. MAKE AHEAD: I strongly recommend making this salad well in advance to let the flavors combine. I truly think the salad tastes best being made in advance.
    3. FRUIT: Use a green apple instead of red. Use 1 cup of grapes or even 1 can of mandarin oranges (drained) instead of apples.
    4. NUTS: You can add 1 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts, or even almonds to the salad.
    5. You can replace the fresh cranberries for 1 (14 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce or 1 1/3 cups of homemade cranberry sauce. You can also use thawed frozen cranberries. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Cranberry Fluff Salad
    Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
    Calories 616 Calories from Fat 288
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 32g49%
    Saturated Fat 19g119%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 9g
    Cholesterol 112mg37%
    Sodium 162mg7%
    Potassium 112mg3%
    Carbohydrates 84g28%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 66g73%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 1263IU25%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 70mg7%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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