Rich & Creamy Cranberry-Pineapple Salad

V Seward

By
@Vseward

I like to experiment with salads. Craving something creamy, crunchy and packed with flavor I came up with this dreamy delight. Flavors of cranberry, pineapple adding texture with celery, walnut and tanginess flavor of Cream Cheese this was a hit with family and friends. It can be served right along side anything from chicken, turkey, ham, roast, you name it.
My guests ask "Is it a salad? or Dessert?" It's definitely both!
Photo courtesy of Kelly Williams
(Note: Cook time is chill time)


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Serves:

6

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
We were just blown away by the creativity of this delectable dish. It can most definitely pass for either a salad or dessert... and you can't help but feel a little extra swanky noshing out of a martini glass.

Ingredients

20 oz
canned crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly
2 c
fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed, processed finely
1 1/2 Tbsp
granulated sugar
2
stalks celery, diced small
4 oz
marshmellow creme
8 oz
tub whipped topping
8 oz
cream cheese, softened, room temp
1/4 c
2% milk
1/2 c
powdered sugar (confection sugar)
2/3 c
walnut pieces, or chopped walnuts

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Drain pineapple thoroughly, strain, ring out any excess juices, set aside.
2
In a food processor, add cranberries and chop fine, add to drained pineapple. (If cranberries are frozen, place under warm water for 2 minutes to thaw) add 1 1/2 T sugar while processing
3
With a hand mixer, mix softened cream cheese until smooth, add 1/4 c. milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, mix until smooth.
4
Add 4 oz marshmellow creme to cream cheese, stir until combined.
5
In a bowl mix pineapple, cranberries, chopped celery.Add Cream cheese mixture, fold in 8 oz whipped topping and fold into mixture. Add chopped walnut pieces and fold until combined.
6
Chill cranberry-pineapple salad in refrigerator for 20-25 minutes to an hour to chill.
7
To Serve:
a) add to Texas sized muffin pan, sprayed with cooking spray, level off and set in freezer for 10 min to chill. Turn out muffin pan onto a cookie sheet, with a spatula place one at a time on bib or green lettuce leafs; or

b) Line a martini glass with leaf lettuce, add salad to 1 cup measuring cup and turn onto lettuce in glass, top with extra cranberries if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Sides, Fruit Salads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy