Festive Cranberry Salad Pairs Well With Ham

by Alli

Festive Cranberry Salad is so pretty and easy to make. This is a great salad to serve on special occasions like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I like that it can be made the night before. I”m all about doing everything I can ahead of time when it comes to entertaining.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until a special occasion to serve Festive Cranberry Salad. It’s a great addition to any meal. It’s light pink in color – hard to photograph, but delicious to eat.

I love that this salad is not overly sweet and pairs perfectly with the ham I always prepare on Easter Sunday. You do need to store leftovers in the freezer since this is a frozen salad.

Congealed salads have been a thing in the south for as long as I can remember. No potluck is complete without some type of congealed salad.

Festive Cranberry Salad

To make Cranberry Salad, combine sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Mix well. Stir in crushed pineapple, whole berry cranberry sauce, mini marshmallows, and chopped pecans.

Ingredients for Festive Cranberry Salad

Mix well.

Mix ingredients well - Festive Cranberry Salad

Fold in whipped topping.

Add whipped topping to cranberry salad

Spoon into a 9×13 baking dish. Freeze until firm (4 hours or overnight). Cut into squares to serve.

Freeze cranberry salad until firm.

Yield: 24 servings

Festive Cranberry Salad

Freeze cranberry salad until firm.

Festive Cranberry Salad is the perfect side dish. This frozen treat is slightly sweet and pairs perfectly with pork.


  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (16 oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a bowl, combine milk and lemon juice until well mixed.
  2. Stir in the pineapple, cranberry sauce, marshmallows and pecans.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping.
  4. Spoon into a 13x9 baking dish. Freeze until firm (about 4 hours). Cut into squares to serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 60Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 1mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 1g

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This Festive Cranberry Salad will definitely be the star of my Easter menu. It’s light pink and it tastes amazing. My family members rave about it every time I serve it. Some of them said it was as good as ice cream. So, there you go.

P.S. Even the family members who don’t like cranberry sauce, love this Cranberry Salad. Remember to store leftovers in the freezer.

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candy April 19, 2019 - 8:24 am

This festive salad is always a winner when it is made and served. You can always find it sitting on the buffet table.

Nikka Shae April 19, 2019 - 9:32 am

This salad looks so tasty! I’m going to try to make this for Easter! The kids would love this!

Liz Mays April 19, 2019 - 2:03 pm

Oh that sounds really tasty and fun. I’d love to have this for a spring or summer get-together!

Annemarie LeBlanc April 19, 2019 - 6:45 pm

I will make this for my sister’s birthday this weekend. She is going to officially be a golden girl. I am sure she’ll love this cranberry salad.

Melissa Dixon April 19, 2019 - 6:52 pm

Wow that looks really good. I have never made a cranberry salad before but my mother in law tells me that she loves adding cranberries into her salad so I bet she would like this one.

Cathy Mini April 19, 2019 - 10:53 pm

Aww this Cranberry salad looks so delicious. I will do this recipe, for sure my husband would love it. Thanks for sharing!

Theresa April 19, 2019 - 11:15 pm

I am a sucker for anything cranberry, and this salad looks like it’s right up my alley! So perfect for Easter, but I’d also make it for summer potlucks too!

Beth April 19, 2019 - 11:36 pm

My mom and husband both love congealed salads any time of the year. I will have to pin this recipe for them.

Rachel April 20, 2019 - 12:03 am

This looks like a sweet and tart combo. I think I could definitely enjoy it.

Ruth I April 20, 2019 - 7:05 am

I’d love to give this a try. I am one of the people who do not like cranberry sauce but I am so interested in this!

Lynndee April 20, 2019 - 11:08 am

This reminds me of one of the most favorite Filipino desserts – fruit salad. I’ve never had cranberry salad before. Looks good!

Vanessa Delia April 20, 2019 - 1:24 pm

I love that this cranberry salad isn’t overly sweet. I don’t do well with sides tasting like dessert when it comes to dinner pairings. Sounds AND looks delish!

Sara LaFountain April 23, 2019 - 3:06 pm

I bet this cranberry salad tastes so amazing! I also think my kids would love it as well.


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