Cranberries are one food that many people expect to see in a Holiday meal, whether it be Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is easy to get tired of the same-old recipes though, and this cranberry salad is a great way to include the cranberries but achieve a new and fresh solution that everyone will enjoy. It uses cool whip and yogurt, which make for a tasty treat with the fruits and nuts. The bowl will be scraped clean at the end and people will ask for more!
Holiday Cranberry Salad
3 medium to large apples, sweet are better than the more tart ones, but this part is partially preference
1 tub cool whip
1 container vanilla coconut milk yogurt (I prefer the So-delicious brand)
1.5 cups mini marshmallows
¾ cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup walnuts
You will need a large mixing bowl for prepping, and a chopper and cutting board to begin.
Measure out the cranberries first, and rinse well. Pat them dry to get rid of too much moisture, which will make the salad too runny. Then, chop them up until they are small and not chunky pieces. (Smaller than half a berry at least.)
Now, place into the mixing bowl. Measure the sugar and pour over top of the cranberries and mix. This helps the sugar soak into them a bit before the other ingredients are added.
Next step is to wash and dry the apples. I leave the skins on mine, but if you prefer to remove them, then you’ll need to peel them as well. Then, chop them into bite sized squares.
Add the apples to the cranberry mixture and stir.
Then, the walnuts should be divided up into ¾ and ¼ measurements. Take the ¾ of a cup and chop finely, then save the other ¼ off to the side.
Add those to the apple- berry mix and mix well until they all have a slight coating of the juice and sugar.
Next step is to add in the marshmallows, so just measure those out and pour into the mix and stir to spread them evenly throughout.
Now, you can add in the wet ingredients. The cool whip and the yogurt can both go in and then you can mix everything all together until it is fully coated. You should have all fruits covered in the cool whip mixture, so that there is none left dry.
Now, take your salad and place into your serving dish of choice. Add the walnuts you saved to the side to the top of the dish, and you are all set to eat!
Refrigerate and cover with saran wrap if you are not serving right away. I would suggest not to make this too far ahead, as the apples and berries will start to get juicy and it does mess with the overall consistency of the salad and water it down. I make mine within the hour of eating it most times.