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Cranberry Salad

This Cranberry Salad recipe is a great recipe for the holidays or even a picnic during the hot summer months.

The combination of marshmallows, fruit, fresh cranberries, and pecans is a recipe you’ll fall in love with.

A Cranberry Citrus Salad

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My husband was so excited for me to make this fresh cranberry salad recipe for you.

My wonderful sister-in-law has made it around the holidays for years. However, this recipe uses the same ingredients but I made it a little differently than she does.

I actually messed up on her recipe, and the hubs liked how it turned out, so I wanted to share. I’ll still make her recipe and share with you because hers is the perfect Cranberry Salad.

John brags on my SIL all the time, and he loves so many of her recipes. But, this might be one of his favorites.

Recipe and printable instructions listed below

Picture of cranberries in the cuisinart

Start by adding the cranberries to the Cuisinart. If you don’t have a Cuisinart, you can use a blender or Ninja. Don’t you love the red color? So festive.

Picture of sugar and cranberries

Pour the sugar over the top of the cranberries. 

Picture of ground up cranberries

Grind up the cranberries.

You could almost make a salad out of this alone. You could top your ice cream, or just eat it with a spoon. Pour the cranberry sugar mixture into another bowl and set aside. It can marinate in the sugar for a little bit.

Rinse out the Cuisinart and move on to the next step.

Picture of apples in the Cuisinart.

Add the apples to the Cuisinart and blend until they are almost mashed.

Picture of oranges on a blue plate.

Get the oranges cut up and ready to grind and peel. I had to throw this picture in because it’s so colorful.

Picture of apples and oranges in a Cuisinart

Add the oranges and the rest of the apples to the Cuisinart. Get everything ground up. You can be assured you’ll be getting your fiber for the week.

Picture of mashed fruit in a Cuisinart

Everything should be ground up at this point. When my sis-in-law makes hers, she doesn’t grind things up this much. Grinding the fruit up this much will make things much more liquidy.

Picture of jello

Grab a large bowl and add the Jell-O to the bowl. Pour in a cup of hot water and mix it up. Then add a cup of cold water.

Picture of pineapple and fruit.

Add the mashed fruit, cranberry, and crushed pineapple to the Jell-O. Mix everything together. 

Picture of pecans in the cranberry salad

Add the pecans to the salad and mix together.

You can use walnuts if you don’t have any pecans.

I personally like pecans better, and that’s what I had in the cabinet. My sis-in-law likes walnuts better, so if you are a walnut fan, you can use those.

Picture of cranberry salad with marshmallows.

Add the marshmallows to the salad. Mix everything together. I gotta say, marshmallows seem to make everything better, don’t they?

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Allow your salad to sit in the refrigerator for at least five or six hours. I left mine in the fridge overnight.  It’s not going to completely jell like Jell-O, but it will firm up a little bit.

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Cranberry Salad

Yield: 30 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

This Cranberry Salad recipe is a great recipe for the holidays or even a picnic during the hot summer months. The combination of marshmallows, fruit, fresh cranberries, and pecans is a recipe you'll fall in love with.


  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 0.3 ounce package Sugar-Free Lemon Jell-O
  • 4 apples (sliced with peel)
  • 1 orange (sliced with peel)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup pecans (crushed)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups water


  1. Combine the cranberries and sugar in the Cuisinart. Grind until liquid. Pour into a large bowl and set aside. Rinse out Cuisinart.
  2. Add the apples to the Cuisinart and grind until mashed.
  3. Add the orange to the Cuisinart and grind. Grind until mashed.
  4. In a large bowl, add the Jell-O powder. Add one cup of boiling water and mix. Add one cup of cold water and mix.
  5. Add the apple and orange mixture and cranberry and sugar mixture. Mix well.
  6. Add the crushed pineapple, pecans, and mini marshmallows and mix well.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.


The salad will not fully jell. It will still be liquidy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 cups Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 432Total Fat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 0.5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 94.3gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 74.9gProtein: 4.4g

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