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Cranberry Salad Recipes

What’s so great about

Cranberries?

Why should we eat cranberries, so we’d need any cranberry salad recipes anyway?

Thanksgiving Tradition

It’s that time of year when people in the States celebrate Thanksgiving.  Considering that cranberries are one of three fruits that are native to the United States and Canada, that makes them quite appropriate for a Thanksgiving celebration.  Cranberries were used as both food and medicine by Native Americans, so it’s not unlikely they were part of the first Thanksgiving celebration.

Originally, this fruit was called a “craneberry” because the Pilgrims thought the spring blossoms on the cranberry bush resembled a crane.  At some point it was shortened a little and became a cranberry.

What makes cranberries good to eat?

These little red fruits are rich in fiber and are an excellent source of vitamin C.  They also have lots of phytonutrients such as flavonoids that are good for your health.  They are high in antioxidants, so a good fruit to eat!

And it’s not just an old wives tale that cranberries are good for bladder infections.  The anti-adhesion properties of cranberries prevent certain harmful bacteria from sticking to cells, and are not just good for urinary tract infections, but potentially also helpful in preventing bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and gum disease.

Since cranberries are such a healthy fruit, albeit a tart one, they are a great part of your diet for life, not just at Thanksgiving!

So where are the Cranberry Salad Recipes?

I hadn’t forgotten!  These recipes don’t use fresh cranberries but instead the cranberry sauce that comes in cans.  I’m not sure how well it rates on the health-o-meter, but you can decide for yourself if you’d like to try it.  If  you want to make your own cranberry sauce, you could better control the ingredients.

However, the nice thing about the first recipe is its simplicity.  Only 4 ingredients are needed to make this cranberry dish.

Cranberry Salad Recipe #1: Quick & Easy Frozen Cranberry Salad

1 16-ounce can of whole berry cranberry sauce
1 small can (about 8 ounces) of crushed pineapple, drained
1 8-ounce container of sour cream
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
Optional: Lettuce leaves

Combine all the ingredients (except lettuce leaves). Make sure they are well blended then pour the mixture into 12 muffin cups. You can use papers to line the cups, or if you have some of the newer silicon muffin cups, even better.

Freeze the mixture overnight. Pop the little salads out of the silicon cups or peel off the muffin papers, and serve at once on lettuce lined plates.
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I found this next recipe in a really old cookbook. Back in the day these kinds of salads used to be really popular. It’s more complicated than the previous recipe, and a little different from today’s usual fare, but if you’re in the mood to try something different, maybe this would interest you.

Cranberry Salad Recipe #2: Layered Chicken-Cranberry Salad

Chicken Layer:

2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup cold water
2 cans (about 2 1/2 cups) of condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced parsley

Soften the gelatin in the water.  In the meantime, heat about 1/3 cup of the soup.  When it is warm, stir in the gelatin mixture until it is completely dissolved.  Add the remaining soup and stir until well blended. Cool.

Next fold in the mayonnaise and parsley, then pour the salad into a mold that was rinsed in cold water.  Chill until firm.

Cranberry Layer:

1 16-ounce can of jellied cranberry sauce
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water

Break up the cranberry sauce, smashing it with a fork.  Soften the gelatin in the cold water.  Set the mixture in a pan of boiling water and continue to stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Mix the gelatin mixture and the cranberry sauce until well-combined.  Pour over top of the firm chicken layer.

Put back in the fridge to chill until completey firm.  Unmold and serve. 

So there you have it, two more cranberry salad recipes to add to your collection.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’d like to check out some of our other posts on cranberries, here’s a list:

* How To Eat Fresh Cranberries

* Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

* Cranberry Ice Cream & Cranberry Sauce Recipes

* Cranberry Pear Brown Betty Recipe

* Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Salad

For even more information on cranberries, visit The Cranberry Institute.

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