Cranberry Fluff Salad


At any Southern get-together, whether it be a casual Sunday dinner or festive holiday feast, there is a place for a retro fluff salad, and this recipe for cranberry salad is guaranteed to liven up any spread. Simple in ingredients and super easy in prep, this vintage-inspired recipe is sweet, tart, creamy, and studded with crunchy pecans for a well-rounded flavor to top off any meal. Because in true Southern fashion, we don't always save these delicacies for after dinner is finished, instead plopping a hearty scoop right next to the green bean casserole. Every ingredient for this cranberry salad is easy to find, especially considering you can use fresh or thawed frozen cranberries from the grocery store. Just a few more staples—cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, seedless red grapes, and mini marshmallows—and you're set with a fruity, fluffy treat that even the kids will love. Serve up this Cranberry Fluff Salad at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and come summertime, too. 

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
(serving size: 1 cup)


  • 12 ounces fresh or thawed frozen cranberries (about 4 cups)

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows (from 1 [10-oz.] pkg.)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved


  1. Pulse cranberries in a food processor until finely chopped with some coarse pieces remaining, about 6 to 8 pulses. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in sugar and marshmallows. Cover and chill 4 hours or up to overnight.

  2. Beat cream cheese with a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps, about 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add 1 cup heavy cream, and continue beating until mixture starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup cream, and continue beating until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.

  3. Fold cream mixture into cranberry mixture, and stir in salt, pecans, and grapes. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 3 days.

    Cranberry Fluff Salad
    Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Emily Neighbors Hall Prop Stylist: Christine Keely
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