Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Salad Recipe

by Ishani Bose last updated -

It is quite a challenge to decide what to cook for the holiday season, especially if it’s a potluck. The planning can be cumbersome and can take away a lot of your time. The ideal choice for any occasion like that would be to make something tasty that doesn’t take too much of your time. After all, a good recipe doesn’t always have to be elaborate and complicated, right? We have the perfect recipe for you if you are on the same page as us – Cranberry salad. Cranberry salad does not only work great as a separate dish but is also the perfect side dish for a turkey dinner. Have you tried your hand at making it? No? Well, let’s get started.   

How to Make Cranberry Salad?

Cranberry salad is a mouthwatering mixture of all your favorite fruits – cranberries (of course), pecans, apples, pineapple, and the like. You can also add marshmallows if you want, or small coconut pieces and nuts of your choice to give it a crunchy taste. Moreover, you can add proteins like ham, pork chops, or chicken to it. It is literally something you can prepare in all of just 15 minutes. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process of making this delicious salad.

cranberry salad stuffed in a sandwich with a blue background

The Perfect Cranberry Salad Recipe for the Holiday Season

A splendid blend of fruits and nuts in sweet and tangy cranberry flavor!
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Course: Side Dish, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt/ sour cream
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (or )
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (You can either use fresh cranberries or make cranberry sauce)

Cranberry Sauce (optional)


  • To make the classic cranberry salad, combine pecans, pineapples, fresh cranberries, marshmallows, grated coconut or any other fruit of your choice (apart from the ones mentioned above) in a bowl. 
  • In the meantime, if you want to make cranberry sauce to add to the salad, add cranberries, sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Boil it over reduced heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Thereafter, let it cool completely. You will notice that the sauce will begin to thicken as it cools. 
  • Then combine the sauce with the fruit mixture, and add 2 cups of Greek yogurt or sour cream to it. Garnish with additional cranberries, pineapples, and marshmallows if desired, and let it sit for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight in the fridge. Next day, you will have your delicious cranberry salad ready to be served. 
  • Note that if you don't want to prepare cranberry sauce you can just soak the fresh cranberries in sugar water for some time and add them to the mixture of yogurt and fruits. If you have leftover salad, you can always use it as a filling in your sandwich. 
    cranberry salad stuffed in a sandwich with a blue background


You can add nuts to your salad as well, or any kind of protein. Leftovers of this crunchy delicious cranberry salad would taste great over vanilla ice cream for dessert. You can prepare this salad in advance and have it for the next three or four days. All you need to do is refrigerate it well and you are good to go! This can also be a viable option for an easy weeknight meal during winters. While it is always preferable to use fresh cranberries (as they are a healthier option), you can make use of frozen/dry cranberries as well. They give the salad a chewy and tangy flavor. 

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it to educate more and more people about the same. She is an avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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