Cranberry Salad (A.k.a. Thanksgiving Pink Stuff)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by PanNan

My mother got this recipe from a dear family friend in the 1950's. No matter who in our family is making Thanksgiving dinner, you can bet this dish will be served. Note: the times indicated do not include refrigeration time. Cranberries from Wisconsin make this a Midwest U.S. regional recipe. (Also, I first enjoyed it in Missour - another fine Midwestern state).

Top Review by Kimke

This is incredible. But I am one of those people that love FLUFF! I never had it as a child and now eat huge portions whenever anyone brings it to a potluck. This was so good. I will definately make this again. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. The day before serving, cook cranberries in water over low heat until soft.
  2. Add sugar and mash.
  3. Add chopped nuts.
  4. Stir, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. About 4 hours before serving, add the fruit cocktail.
  6. Just before serving, whip cream, add sugar and vanilla and whip until soft peaks form.
  7. Add bananas to fruit mixture.
  8. Gently fold whipped cream into fruit mixture until well blended.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. Note: You can use Cool Whip instead of whipping the cream, but the flavor is so much better with the real thing!

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