Cranberry Marshmallow Salad

Today I’ve got a recipe for you that may be a little unconventional for classic Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s my go-to cranberry recipe. Cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple… and yet, so many years at my family’s table, only two or three spoonfuls actually got eaten.  I mean, I am all about tradition, but who has time to make another dish for the table, just for NO ONE to eat it?  So one year I volunteered for cranberries, and I brought this twist to the table, and suddenly, everyone wants cranberries, and it gets requested every year now.

Cranberry Marshmallow Salad at

I think it just goes to show, everything is better with marshmallows!!  Haha.  This is a SUPER easy recipe, and it doesn’t need to be cooked so won’t take up precious stove or oven space.  Always important on Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Marshmallow Salad
Serves: 6-8
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 8 oz. tub of cool whip (the small one)
  1. Note: you will want to start this recipe the night before, or very early in the morning. Total prep time is less than 10 minutes, but it needs several hours to soften the marshmallows.
  2. Drain your crushed pineapple, and stir it in with the cranberry sauce and marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate. The marshmallows will be a little bit chewy, so you want them to soak and soften. You can also take this time to make sure you put your Cool Whip in the frig to thaw. :)
  3. When you are closer to dinnertime, fold in the cool whip until it's well-blended. You can do this ahead of dinner - it doesn't need to be served immediately, but you will want to put it back in the frig until you're ready to serve it.

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  1. Jill says

    So true! We always have leftover cranberries. I think this recipe is the perfect solution! Sweet with just a hint of tartness. Love it! Can't wait to try this, friend!

  2. 4 You With Love says

    Wow..this is awesome! What a great marriage of sweet and tart! This is definitely on my Thanksgiving “to make” list! Thanks so much for sharing

  3. Amy says

    Mmmm! That sounds delicious! Pinning it now! I am so thrilled about our virtual celebration today…no other group I'd rather be pretend-eating with, lol! But we forgot the corn dogs!

  4. Terry says

    I would never have thought of this, but it sounds better than straight cranberry sauce to me. Woohoo.

  5. Repeat Crafter Me says

    Yummm! I definitely think my boys would like this recipe :) I will have to give it a try!

  6. Meredith says

    Yum, this sounds great! I need to make some kind of a cranberry inspired dish, and I'm thinking this one is it now :o) Pinning!!

  7. Sam says

    Glad I found you at this potluck! Can't wait to try this and look around your blog. Thanks!

  8. Barbara Hiatt says

    What a great twist on traditional cranberries! We have the same problem, we serve them every year but only a little gets actually consumed! I may give this one a shot next week! Thanks for sharing Adrianne! I'm pinning:)
    Barbara at Chase the Star

  9. bj says

    This is a wonderful recipe roundup and I am going to do your Cranberry Marshmallow salad for my family at Thanksgiving….may just make it, too, for my Bunco group tomorrow.
    I am a new follower…
    and over from Flour Me.
    xo bj

  10. Ami Allison says

    OH mama!!! I'm coming to your house!!! Sounds so delicious! I'm definitely trying the cranberry marshmallow salad!!

  11. Chelsea Maxwell says

    Ahh this looks so good! Is it Thanksgiving yet?! My favorite recipe is my mom's sweet potato casserole…yummm! BTW- I'm from Welcome Wednesday, even though it's not Wednesday just yet ;) Be blessed :)

  12. Kari Shifflett says

    Thanks, this really brought back memories. My mom used to make this, she added chopped walnuts as well. I WILL be making it this year!

  13. Pam Fields says

    Oh, this looks so yummy! I love cranberry sauce but this just ramps it up. I am definitely making it. :)

  14. Jessi says

    Mmm, sounds yummy! My family makes something similar, but we use whole cranberries and apples and shred them in the Cuisinart before mixing it all together with marshmallows etc. It's always a favorite!

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  15. Sharon Hamilton says

    I have made this dessert for at least 20 years and it always is devoured . In addition to those ingredients I use 6 ounces of cream cheese blended with the cranberry and pineapple. I also freeze sometimes in a 9 x13 case can and serve squares, My grown nephew usually has this for dessert instead of pie.

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