Millionaire Cranberry Salad

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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!

Cranberry Millionaire Salad in a bowl topped with. pecans and cranberries

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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Cranberry Millionaire Salad in a bowl topped with. pecans and cranberries
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Review Recipe

Millionaire Cranberry Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly N.
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.


  • 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

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  • 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.

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.)

Keyword Cranberry Millionaire Salad, cranberry salad
Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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    1. While it would likely work, Cool whip would make this salad much sweeter. The sour cream balances out the sweetness.

  1. Could you substitute canned cranberries? I already bought several canned but this looked like a great way to jazz them up.

    1. As far as canned cranberries (I am thinking it’s cranberry sauce) you can certainly use it. Cranberry sauce is sweeter than the homemade sauce in this recipe so the finished dish will be a bit sweeter but it should still work.Let us know how it works out for you!