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Cranberry Fluff

This fluffy fruit salad gets its sweet-tart flavor from cranberries and whipped cream. We like it because it's not as sweet as many other "fluffs." I'm often asked for the secret to this luscious holiday salad. —Lavonne Hartel, Williston, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups diced unpeeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup halved green grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • Place cranberries in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; add marshmallows and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, stir in the apples, grapes, nuts and salt. Fold in whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 264 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • pattiejean
    Nov 28, 2020

    My family loved this! It will be a new tradition in our home for sure-so good and easy to prepare. I love that part of it is done the day before. VFE

  • allykatz
    Nov 10, 2020

    Love that there is NO pineapple in this fluff! I’m allergic, and I’m thrilled to finally find a fluff I can eat!

  • Carollockhart
    Nov 10, 2020

    This recipe (and I made it just the way it was submitted) was wonderful! Women could change the world if they were just a little bit more kind on their comments. I am thinking about just saying the recipe was great rather than adding what THEY like better. Uffda.

  • MHadley
    Nov 10, 2019

    Just loved LindaGuzmans rating.

  • LindaGuzman
    Nov 5, 2019

    Followed the recipe - Loved it! Sunflowerfields, did you even try the recipe or just feel the need to give everyone your version?

  • Lula
    Oct 20, 2019

    No comment left

  • Judykmm
    Nov 14, 2018

    I think most families have either this recipe or one very similar. It’s just a must. The Holiday meals wouldn’t be the same without some version of this recipe.

  • Sunflowerfields
    Nov 10, 2018

    Have had my recipe for years. It is a little different. I do not use grapes. And I use two Red Delicious apples cut up into small pieces. The night before I need the salad I grind up two 12 oz pkgs of the cranberies, put in 3/4 cup sugar and one large (drained) crushed pineapple. The next morning I dice up the two apples, add the marshmallows, one cup of English walnuts chopped and then whip the cream (stiff) and mix the salad. Real whipped cream is a must, not the non-dairy kind. I then put it in a clear glass bowl for serving. It is so pretty, you want to see it all. The only reason I gave this a 4 star is because I like mine better.

  • tonissweettreats
    Nov 13, 2014

    I make this every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving. It's my family's favorite and is also the most requested recipe of anything I make and take to dinners. I always have to double the recipe because everyone wants more.

  • glitterchatter
    Dec 18, 2012

    This recipe has been in my husband's family f-o-r-e-v-e-r, and I am currently the keeper of the famous Fluff recipe. Our recipe is slightly different than the one above. First, I've found the 12 oz. bag of cranberries makes 3 ground cups, and that's plenty. It's easy to freeze the cranberries ahead of time, and food process frozen. Also, since we want a Fluff-y, cloud-like texture, we don't use the grapes, but we do make sure the apple, 1 stalk of celery, and at least 1 banana are finely chopped. A small can of very well-drained crushed pineapple is added too for sweetness and consistency. It's a beautiful salad. Easy to make. So requested! For us, it isn't Thanksgiving or Christmas without the Fluff!