Rich & Creamy Cranberry-Pineapple Salad

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V Seward

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@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
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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. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 8 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

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  • 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

How to Make Rich & Creamy Cranberry-Pineapple Salad

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.

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About Rich & Creamy Cranberry-Pineapple Salad

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




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