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Mom's Cranberry Salad

 

Posted by Denise on November 15, 2011

mom's cranberry salad final one

Crunchy and sweet, Mom's Cranberry Salad is perfect for Holiday meals.
 

My first exposure to cranberries did not go very well. I was in elementary school and could not believe that anyone would put such face-puckering fruit in their mouth on purpose! Yuck! Over time I developed a mild fondness for cranberry sauce and juice, but since Glenn and Andy were equally unconcerned about eating cranberries, I did not make anything with the little red berries outside of Thanksgiving side dishes.

Then Mom made this salad for us during one of her visits and we discovered that we do like cranberries. Very much. At least when they are made this way. Pale pink with chunks of red and yellow, this salad is festive and pretty.

The cranberries need to be ground up, either in a food grinder or in a food processor. I like to grind most of the berries into fine bits, then leave some a little larger for a crunchy contrast. I didn’t have a can of crushed pineapple but I did have some fresh pineapple, so I mushed some up in my food processor. Unfortunately, a little too well! It is better texturally when the pineapple is left a little chunkier than what I show here. But the flavor is fantastic. The tart crunch of the ground cranberries is offset by the sweetness of the sugar and pineapple, then held together with the fluffy whipped topping. Our whole family loves this salad!

Loaded with nutrition, cranberries have many health benefits as well as good taste. Numerous studies have shown that cranberries can help prevent cancer and help protect the liver, and cardiovascular, dietary and urinary systems. It makes me feel even better serving my family Mom’s Cranberry and Pineapple Salad.

Make Mom’s Cranberry and Pineapple Salad up at least a couple of hours before eating so that the flavors have a chance to meld.

 

 

 

Mom's Cranberry Salad

Serves 6-8

 

 

 

mom's cranberry salad ingredients 

Ingredients for Mom's Cranberry Salad

 

 

 

 

Makes 6-8 servings

 

Ingredients

 

1

pound of cranberries, washed, picked over, and ground into small pieces

1

can crushed pineapple or equivalent fresh, crushed

2

Cups white sugar

1

Cup whipped topping, thawed

 

 

 

Instructions

 

1.     Pour ground cranberries into a bowl. Drain pineapple and add to cranberries.

 

Mom's cranberry salad washing cranberries mom's cranberry salad chopping up cranberries

 

mom's cramberry salad chopping pineapple

 

 

2.     Add remaining ingredients. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly. Place in a container that can be covered and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours and preferable overnight.

 

mom's cranberry salad mixing ingredients

 

 

mom's cranberry salad finished

 

 Finished. Yum!



 mom's cranberry salad finished

 


 

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