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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 is wonderful with any meal.

2 (15 ounce) cans whole cranberries in sauce

2 (14 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained

1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix 3 ingredients together. Makes about 8 servings.


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5 from 2 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.


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  1. So easy and delicious! I doubled this recipe and it made a ton! Not super sweet but really flavorful5 stars

  2. I made this for Thanksgiving! I think next time I make it I will add a little sugar. It was very tasty!

  3. Can this be made the night before eating?

  4. Should this be chilled before serving?

  5. I have a fresh bag of cranberries, and never used fresh before, how would I use them for this salad. We are not a jelled cranberry family and thought this would make a great dish for Thanksgiving using the fresh.

    • Gerriannn, fresh cranberry sauce is quick and easy, you just have to pay attention to it. Boil 2 cups of sugar in 2 cups of water.. Add your one pound …or 4 cups….of rinsed berries.. stir them until they pop (only takes about 5 minutes) and you’re done! The longer they cook,, the more jellied they become. You can pick your “texture,” and add sugar to suit your taste. Let it cool and then you can follow the rest of Southern Lady’s recipe.

  6. Could you tell me how many servings this would make? Thanks.

  7. Sandra Meichsner says:

    How about using fresh oranges cut up? I live in Redlands, CA, and orange groves are all around the town, with little stands that sell bags of fresh oranges. They are sweet and good. Thanks!

  8. alexis alwood says:

    add shredded coconut..

  9. I wonder what it would taste like heated with butter and curry powder. Just something different

  10. I am going to make this salad for a luncheon tea I am giving for my ladies group at church. I amm sure they will love it!!!!!!

  11. Colleen Ray says:

    This works equally well using fresh cranberries, sweetened to taste.

  12. I haven’t tried this recipe but I use 1 can of whole cranberry sauce, 1 sm. can crushed pineapple (do not drain) and chopped pecans. All year round, love it.

  13. Sarah Swindle says:

    Do you drain the pineapple / mandarin oranges?

  14. Maxine Moates says:

    Do you use “Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce”? Please let me know ASAP. I’m making it for a party tonight. MM

  15. Katherine has an aunt that would make Thanksgiving and serve ambrosia. This reminds me a little of that, but not as decadent. Looks great.

  16. Love the combination of cranberries, mandarin oranges and walnuts. Great idea! 🙂

  17. Looks yummy. Do you use whole cranberry sauce? I would really like this!

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