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5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Fluff Salad

Cranberry fluff salad is an amazing dessert salad worthy of your holiday plates this year. You’ll find it hard to not fill your plate with seconds and thirds of this sweet-tart salad! After all, you do have to share, right?
Prep Time10 mins
Additional Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 569kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  • Pour the cranberries into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several time until they are finely chopped, but not turned into a paste.
  • Transfer the chopped cranberries to a large bowl and add the sugar and crushed pineapple. Stir to combine, then refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Then drain the cranberries and pineapple through a fine mesh sieve.
  • In a large bowl using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the whipping cream and beat together until the cream is whipped and holds soft peaks.
  • Add the drained cranberries and pineapple to the whipped cream and cream cheese mixture. Stir to combine, then fold in the marshmallows.
  • Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours or overnight for the salad to set up and the flavors to combine.


  • Optional add-ins include 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup sliced green grapes, or 2 cups diced unpeeled tart apple like a Granny Smith
  • The more you chop the cranberries, the more pink the salad will be. I like to top when there are still chunks of cranberry because you gets more texture and bursts of tart cranberry flavor in the salad.
  • Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.


Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1473IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg