Cranberry salad is only 3 ingredients and is delicious.

My whole family loves cranberries and cranberry sauce just about any way you fix it. You can also add chopped apples or use pineapple chunks in place of the mandarin oranges.  Coconut is good, too.   We like it with just the three ingredients best and I don’t just make this during the holidays.  We like this as a salad anytime with a meal.  If this is not on the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas, we think the meal is not a holiday meal!  This salad is certainly a very easy addition to your holiday table.  Cranberries are so good for you, too!  If you want to make your own cranberry sauce, check out my recipe for homemade cranberry sauce.

Cranberry salad ingredients needed:

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce (in a can)

Mandarin oranges, drained

Chopped walnuts (can use pecans)

How simple?! It actually wild to think these simple ingredients make such a delicious side dish but they do! Check out these wonderful reviews and then add this to your holiday menu.

“I found this recipe on your site years ago. I serve it every year for Thanksgiving. My family even ask “you’re making that cranberry orange stuff, right?” It’s a must.” – Laura

“So easy and delicious! I doubled this recipe and it made a ton! Not super sweet but really flavorful” – Tara

“It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving or Christmas without this on the table. I always have to double the recipe because we all love it and want to make sure we have extra for leftovers the next day!” – Mary 


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5 from 5 votes

Cranberry Salad

Only 3 ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 2 15 ounce cans whole cranberries in sauce
  • 2 14 ounce cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Mix 3 ingredients together.


This is WHOLE berry cranberry sauce that comes in a can, not the jellied cranberry sauce. 


Don’t Forget to Pin Cranberry Salad!


If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Classic Fruit Salad.

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