Cranberry salad is fun and festive

November 04, 2009

This recipe has been passed down from my mother, who first made it for more than 25 years. Our family enjoys this frozen festive treat for Thanksgiving and during the holiday season. It's great if you like cranberries, but are not fond of the traditional cranberry sauce from the can.

It's a unusual addition to your holiday menu, as most of us think of including frozen salads during the hot summer season. The kids even love it, with its slightly sweet, ice cream-like consistency.

The origin of the recipe is unknown.

- Joyce Summers, Frederick, Md.

Frozen cranberry salad

2 3-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (see cook's note)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 14-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
1 9-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1 cup Dream Whip topping, prepared according to package directions (see cook's note)

In a large bowl, blend softened cream cheese, mayonnaise and sugar together. This can be done with a hand mixer at low speed, or by hand.


Add cranberry sauce, and blend into cream cheese mixture. By hand, stir in drained crushed pineapple, nuts and Dream Whip. Pour into a 9-inch-by-9-inch pan and freeze. Serve frozen.

Serves 9.

Cook's note: Real mayonnaise is recommended, not light or fat-free varieties. Dream Whip is recommended, not other prepared whipped toppings.

- Submitted by Joyce Summers, personal chef and owner of Dinner's On! Personal Chef Service, Frederick, Md.; call 301-606-8007 or go to

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