Christmas cranberry apple salad is an American tradition with many variations. Some cooks opt to add gelatin to the salad for a thicker feel, while others prefer the richness of whipped cream and marshmallows. Some add citrus ingredients such as lemon gelatin or orange marmalade for a more complex flavor, while others rely on the cranberries to provide tartness. Experiment with the proportions of ingredients in this salad based on a recipe from PetitChef.com. Try adding different fruits and flavors to get the perfect cranberry apple salad for your palate. This dish is easy to tinker with and hard to ruin.
Core one to two apples and peel off the skin. Cut the apple or apples into slices. More apples will give you a sweeter, milder dish while fewer apples will lead to a tarter flavor.
Chop the apple slices and 2 cups of cranberries in a food processor. They should have a consistency closer to coarse cranberry relish than to apple sauce.
Add ½ cup of sugar and 2 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir the ingredients together, cover them and refrigerate overnight.
Add 2 cups of whipped topping to the mix and gently fold it in. Serve the salad immediately.