Fluffy Cranberry Salad

This is a favorite in my family.  Due to the fact that I have been eating it at every family party as long as I can remember, I have absolutely no idea where the recipe came from.

Sweet, fluffy, and pink! So delicious too :)

Yield:  about 12 side-dish servings (maybe more)

Time: 3/4 hour, chill overnight, 1/4 hour

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw (frozen or thawed) whole cranberries
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup diced apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 12 oz container whipped topping

In a blender or food processor, grind the cranberries very finely.  You can use a knife to mince them if you have no blender or food processor, but it will take a long time.

Measured when whole, then ground up finely. I have a mini food processor, so 1 cup was max capacity.

Put your cranberries in a medium-large bowl, and add the sugar and marshmallows.

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups marshmallows

Drain your pineapple by pouring it into a strainer or colander, and letting it sit in the sink or over a bowl for a while.  Press out as much extra liquid as you can.

I think this is after I pressed it. Either way, lots of liquid came out.

Add the pineapple to the cranberry mixture, and stir it all very thoroughly.  It will be too heavy and wet in some places, while too dry and puffy in others to really blend evenly, but persevere.

As evenly as I could get it.

Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate it overnight.  The refrigeration time causes the marshmallows to break down a little bit and become foamy, while the flavor of the whole concoction melds and tastes more like pineapple.

In the fridge.

When you are ready to serve it, mix in the chopped apples, walnuts (if using), and the whipped topping.

Apples and whip. Note that the pineapple is pink instead of yellow now.

The acidity of the pineapple will cause the whip to break down, so do not stir everything together until the last minute.  This salad is excellent for traveling and parties.

Oh, so lovely!

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