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Grandma’s Cranberry Salad

Time-Honored Tradition: Grandma’s Cranberry Salad Step into a world of time-honored tradition with Grandma’s Cranberry Salad, a delightful dish that has graced family gatherings for generations. This cranberry salad is a harmonious blend of tart cranberries, sweet pineapple, fluffy whipped cream, and crunchy nuts, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that dance on your taste buds. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays, a special occasion, or simply craving a taste of nostalgia, this salad is sure to evoke warm memories and create new ones. Get ready to savor the time-honored tradition of Grandma’s Cranberry Salad.

A Taste of Nostalgia

The star of this recipe is the nostalgia it brings, transporting you to a time when family recipes were cherished and shared with love.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Grandma’s Cranberry Salad is perfect for holiday feasts, potluck gatherings, or as a sweet side dish to complement your meal.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize Grandma’s Cranberry Salad with these variations:

  1. Citrus Zest: Add a touch of zest from an orange or lemon for a burst of citrusy freshness.
  2. Nutty Bliss: Swap the pecans for walnuts or almonds if you prefer a different type of nut.
  3. Creamy Twist: Use whipped topping or non-dairy whipped cream for a lighter version of the salad.

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Now that you’ve experienced the time-honored tradition of Grandma’s Cranberry Salad, it’s time to savor the nostalgia and the delightful blend of flavors and textures that make this dish a cherished family favorite. Share it with loved ones, create moments of joy, and don’t forget to leave a review to let us know how much you treasured this timeless recipe. Happy savoring!

Tips or Notes:

  • This salad can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before serving.
  • If you prefer a sweeter salad, you can increase the amount of sugar to your taste.
  • Consider toasting the pecans for a few minutes in a dry skillet over medium heat to enhance their flavor before adding them to the salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh cranberries instead of canned cranberry sauce?

Yes, you can use fresh cranberries to make your own cranberry sauce. Simply simmer fresh cranberries with sugar and a bit of water until they burst and the mixture thickens, then allow it to cool before using in the recipe.

Can I use a different type of fruit instead of pineapple?

Absolutely! You can customize the fruit in this salad to your preference. Mandarin oranges, chopped apples, or even pomegranate seeds can be great alternatives.

Grandma's Cranberry Salad

Grandma’s Cranberry Salad

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  • 1 1 (14-ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

  • 1 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  • 1 cup 1 mini marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 chopped pecans

  • 1 cup 1 heavy whipping cream

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the whole berry cranberry sauce, drained crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and chopped pecans. Stir to combine.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken.
  • Gradually add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the whipped cream, continuing to whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the sweetened whipped cream into the cranberry mixture until well combined.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the salad to set.
  • Just before serving, give the salad a gentle stir and garnish with a few additional pecans if desired.
  • Savor the time-honored tradition of Grandma’s Cranberry Salad!

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