Cranberry Salad

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a creamy cranberry salad recipe we had fun making in Katie’s kitchen. It’s super simple and oh-so-delicious!

First, chop up 3 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries, and 1 medium-sized apple…

Put them in a large bowl and then add 20 ounces of crushed pineapple (drained) and 2 cups of miniature marshmallows…

Next, mix in 1/2 cup of sugar (or Splenda to equal 1/2 cup of sugar) and 1 cup of coconut…

Last but not least, mix in 1/4 cup of (chopped) pecans or walnuts, then cover and store in the refrigerator over night. Before serving, fold in 8 ounces of Cool Whip.

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Creamy Cranberry Salad


  • 3 c. fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed and chopped
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. coconut (optional)
  • 1 carton (8 oz) Cool Whip
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, pineapple, apple, marshmallows, coconut and sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, fold in Cool Whip and pecans or walnuts.

Next week, Kev’s looking forward to sharing a recipe that’s been in the Palmer family since he was a little boy. (And I’m looking forward to eating it!)

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  1. says

    Sounds wonderful and looks oh so holiday ready! I love your Katie’s kitchen banner. You are obviously blessed, as am I, with a wonderful mother-in-law : )

  2. says

    Katie’s Kitchen:-) Love it! I love how cranberries bring back holiday memories…this salad looks beautiful.

  3. says

    Oh, this looks so yummy. I make one like this without apples for Thanksgiving every year. It is always a huge hit and delicious for days after. I am going to try this recipe soon. The apples in it sound wonderful.

  4. Jasmine says

    yummy!! It’s a little like a “salad” that we call Ambrosia using plain yoghurt instead of cool whip and usually served with steak.
    If you want to make it a dessert then add some chocolate chips. sooo yummy!

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, that sounds heavenly! I’m gonna have to leave out that awful coconut stuff. 😉 But I’ll just double up on my pecans and walnuts! I have friends who have a delightful little pecan tree grove. I bet if I whip some of this up for them, they’ll let me mooch all the pecans I could ever want!

    This looks so delicious, and I’m glad you shared! I’m a cranberry addict so I’m definitely going to try!


  6. says

    Yummy! With our Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend this will come in handy.

  7. Amber says

    I love Katie’s hands. They look like hands that have taken care of others for many years, made lots of yummy food and can make a house a cozy home.

  8. Kate says

    We make a version of this for Thanksgiving every year. It’s always my favorite part!!!


  9. says

    Since it is our Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend, this recipe will come in handy. Thank you for sharing!

  10. amber peters says

    Yummy!!! i am definitely going to make this! thanks for the recipe!

  11. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    This is LOWFAT, right????? hahahahaha
    OK, I printed it out. What’s a few rich calories between friends, right???????
    Love Katie’s beautiful NATURAL nails!!!!!!

    • Layla says

      Well, it could be if you ditched the coconut and used Splenda and low-fat Cool Whip! 😉

  12. Cory S. says

    Looks like Katie could give Ree a run for her money! :-) It’s great that you can get this one-on-one time with your MIL and learn from a great cook. I’m always saying to people, “Celestine Prophecy” (the book), when I am met with issues in my life, good or bad. Meaning the circumstances put in my path are meant to be there and I’m to learn from them, and that I can pull good from bad. :-)

  13. says

    Yummmmm…this sounds delicious! Too bad my sister doesn’t like coconut. She just won’t get any. :)

  14. Amy Y. says

    Three questions for you.
    1. What kind of aple was used?
    2. Was unsweetened coconut used?
    3. Did you post the winners of the plush, velvet pumpkins?

  15. Naomi W. says

    Thanks for the recipe. I love everything cranberry. I have also made Katie’s Key Lime Cake. Boy was that delicious! It was a hit with my family!!!

  16. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    I am going to make this, this weekend. No way will I use Splenda. I want it “Katie’s Way”. It simply sounds and looks divine.
    She is such a blessing. You are so lucky to have her as your MIL.
    (I know you know that already). Made me feel good to say it tho. She is a love………………I can tell.

  17. says

    I had to revisit this! I told my mama about seeing this and she demanded I get the recipe for her! Looks so delicious.