Holiday Recipe for Cranberry Salad

Grandma Liliana’s Nutritious and Delicious Thanksgiving Cranberry Salad

One of my family’s Thanksgiving traditions includes a recipe from my mother-in-law Liliana, who is an excellent cook. She mixes her own traditions of Italian-Yugoslavian cooking with her many years of experience and practice and the results are out of this world. You can’t visit her without gaining a couple of pounds, though.


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries (1 lb)
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 handfuls of small marshmallows
  • ½ lb of crushed walnuts
  • 1 pint of whipping cream


Place the fresh cranberries in a blender and blend until finely chopped. Add 1 cup of water to make the blending process easier. After blending, place them in a colander to allow all the water and juice to drain out.

Whip the whipping cream until it is nice and fluffy (it takes some elbow work).

Add a cup of sugar to the cranberries.

Mix the cranberries with sugar and the whipped cream; add the nuts and the canned pineapple, after draining the water out of the can. Add the marshmallows.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Go for a 1-hour walk to burn extra calories after eating!