Christmas Cranberry Apple Salad


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 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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Add ½ cup of sugar and 2 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir the ingredients together, cover them and refrigerate overnight.

Step 4

Add 2 cups of whipped topping to the mix and gently fold it in. Serve the salad immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Peeler
  • 1 to 2 apples
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • Food processor
  • Bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Spoon
  • 2 cups whipped topping


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