Cranberry Fluff Salad

Cranberry Fluff Salad is practically a required side dish for Thanksgiving. Both my mom and mother-in-law occasionally served Cranberry Fluff Salad for Thanksgiving. Ground cranberries, crushed pineapple, mini-marshmallows, and whipped cream are the basic ingredients. They each had their own recipe variations. This is mine.Cranberry Fluff Salad | A simple version of the classic Thanksgiving side dish!

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Cranberry Fluff Salad

My mom would add nuts to this mixture and so did my mother-in-law along with chopped apples and sliced grapes. The options are endless. My version is very basic. No nuts in case one of my children or hubby would dare to take a taste. It’s a winner whether it’s scaled down or packed full of a variety of textures and flavors. This is a blast from the past. I first had it back in the 1970’s, when jello salads were de rigeur. That was my mom’s version. But then later in life, my MIL served it one holiday we were visiting them.

So this recipe comes with sweet memories. We lost my MIL this year and my mom the year before. Both were terrific cooks, with my mom being more adventurous with her palate and recipes and my MIL the queen of good old fashioned comfort food. Eating at either home was always a pleasure and I am blessed with many of their handwritten recipes.

Cranberry Fluff Salad | A simple version of this Thanksgiving classic!

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

You’d think a Thanksgiving salad would be full of classic autumnal ingredients like this Roasted Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Salad.  Plus I’d expect an actual salad with fresh greens and vegetables. But on holidays, the rules can be bent, and salads full of cream and marshmallows like this cranberry fluff salad fly under the radar!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I’m really not allowed to shake up the menu. I can always add an extra dish, but there some that are a tradition and must be included. My Spinach Souffle, Holiday Fruit Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Turkey (of course!), and Gravy are a given. Classic Pumpkin Pie for dessert plus a second, usually chocolate, pie.

But sometimes I add a little something that only I will eat. In homage to both my moms, I recreated this salad (more like a dessert, but heck, it’s Thanksgiving!) for our holiday table. And today my Sunday Supper friends are all sharing their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Thanks to Caroline, of Caroline’s Cooking, for hosting us this week!

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Cranberry Fluff Salad

Serves 8 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

A dreamy cranberry salad perfect for Thanksgiving.


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, frozen, then thawed cranberries (fresh or frozen also work)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Chop cranberries in a food processor. Remove to a bowl. Mix in sugar, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Add well drained pineapple and marshmallows. Mix to combine.
  3. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks. With a rubber spatula, gently fold the cream into the cranberry mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Recipe Notes

Total time does not include chilling time.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 204kcal Calories from fat 100
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Carbohydrate 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 20g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Love the colors in this! So fun!!

  2. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says:

    I’m craving a bowl of this! Gorgeous picture Liz!

  3. This looks fantastic! I’ve had cranberry salad, but not the fluff! I’m trying it this year!

  4. Cool Thanksgiving dessert!!!

  5. Carolyn Ingram says:

    This looks delicious!

  6. Classic salad! You have very good color on this one!

  7. Can you just use Cool Whip in place of the heavy cream?


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