Cranberry Salad is the perfect side for any turkey dinner!  A delicious mixture of fresh homemade cranberry sauce combined with pecans, coconut, marshmallows and pineapple.

This salad reminds me of my favorite Millionaire Pie recipe with a deliciously tart cranberry twist!

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Cranberry Salad

Cranberry salad is called a salad but it’s not really salad at all (kind of like Watergate Salad or Strawberry Banana Salad). It’s almost more like a dessert salad but we always serve it on the side of our turkey dinner, like Ambrosia Salad.

Regardless what you call it, my family loves this easy cranberry salad!  Fresh tart of cranberries, juicy pineapple, pecans for crunch all in a sweet creamy base!

Millionaire Cranberry Salad mixed in glass bowl

How to Make Cranberry Salad

This cranberry salad recipe starts with an easy homemade cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce in this recipe uses a bit less sugar so it’s more tart which balances the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients. You can certainly use a store bought whole berry cranberry sauce in place of the homemade version but this does change the recipe slightly since the store bought sauce is sweeter. Creating the homemade sauce is so easy, just a 3 items in a pot and let it boil  and cool. Don’t worry too much if your cranberry sauce seems a little runny, it thickens as it cools.

  1. Make cranberry sauce and cool
  2. Combine all ingredients
  3. Refrigerate at least 4 hours

So easy right? This cranberry salad is going to become a new favorite in your house too; a little sweet, a little tart and a lot delicious!

unmixed ingredients of Millionaire Cranberry Salad

In this recipe I don’t add all of the cranberry sauce to the mixture because I’d like to keep the consistency a bit thicker. You can certainly add all of it if you’d like but the salad won’t be quite as thick.

The little leftover cranberry mixture can be used to drizzle on anything sweet from Vanilla Bundt Cake to ice cream or even spread over Banana Bread! Remember it’s a bit more tart than a traditional cranberry sauce so it goes well with something sweet!

If you don’t have pecans on hand, walnuts are another great option.

Millionaire Cranberry Salad up close

This cranberry salad can be (and actually should be) made ahead of time.  I try to make it at least 4 hours ahead but the day before is perfect too!

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Millionaire Cranberry Salad

This Millionaire Cranberry Salad is the perfect side for any turkey dinner! A delicious mixture of fresh homemade cranberry sauce combined with pecans, coconut, marshmallows and pineapple.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
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  • 2 cups sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 2 cups pineapple tidbits well drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 cups flaked coconut

Cranberry Sauce

  • 3 cups Fresh Cranberries
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


  • Combine cranberries, sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes. Cool completely (sauce will thicken upon cooling).
  • Add 1 ½ cups cooled cranberry mixture from step 1 with remaining ingredients and stir well. 
  • Let sit 4 hours or overnight.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 433 | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Fantastic! I made 2 modifications the second time I made it. I added all of the cranberry sauce and a small can of mandarin oranges.5 stars

    1. Hi Brenda, that would work but Cool whip would make this salad much sweeter. The sour cream balances out the sweetness.

    1. I have only tried this with a cinnamon stick. If you do make this using ground cinnamon, I would suggest you start with a very small amount (⅛ tsp) and add more if needed. I’d love to hear how it works out for you if you do try it. Enjoy!

  2. We make this every Thanksgiving! My family absolutely loved it the first time so now it’s a part of my menu every year! Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  3. This is a delicious salad and I thank you for the recipe. Since fresh cranberries are here for such a short time can I either use frozen cranberries or can I freeze the cranberry sauce to use whenever I want to make it?5 stars

      1. Hi Zina, yes you can use store-bought cranberry sauce but the salad will be a bit sweeter than if you were to use the homemade sauce. Let us know how it turns out for you!

  4. Hi, the process is a bit unclear. You provide all the ingredients, but in the istructions you call for either ‘more’ or 1/2? of the cranberries to be added initiually or more when mixture cools? Should I divide the original amount and add back in step two. And you add the marshmallows cold too? Just curios.
    Can you please address? I really want to try this.

    1. Hi Bill, we make the cranberry sauce first using the entire amount of cranberries listed in the sauce ingredients in the recipe. Once the cranberry sauce is chilled, we measure out 1 ½ cups of it and combine it with the remaining cold ingredients to make the salad.

      We say 1 ½ cups instead of the entire cranberry mixture because depending on how juicy your cranberries are, you could have more than the required amount for this recipe. I hope that helps.