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Cranberry-Orange Fluff

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Cranberry-Orange Fluff
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 12

Dessert salad, fluff or whatever you call this wonderful stuff—it’s simple to prepare, beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. It’s also perfect for holiday entertaining, especially in this sweet-tart-tangy rendition. Canned cranberries and chopped pecans add a chewy and crunchy contrast to the creamy base of whipped topping and cream cheese, while mandarin oranges add sweetness (and take the place of the pineapple that’s a dessert salad standby). Serve up a bowl of this pretty pink salad, and watch how quickly it disappears. MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 31, 2019

Ingredients

1
can (14 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons sugar
1
can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, well drained
1
container (8 oz) Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed
2
cups miniature marshmallows
1/4
cup chopped toasted pecans

Steps

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  • 1
    In large microwavable bowl, mix cranberry sauce, cream cheese and sugar; microwave uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, until easily stirred together. Stir in mandarin oranges. Refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 12 hours.
  • 2
    Gently fold in whipped topping and marshmallows. Top with pecans.
  • 3
    Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 hours.

Expert Tips

  • This salad can be made ahead. Mix the canned cranberry sauce, cream cheese, sugar and mandarin oranges the day before. Then, stir in whipped topping and marshmallows the day of. Top with chopped pecans right before serving.
  • If holding refrigerated salad after stirring in whipped topping and marshmallows, stir before serving.
  • Although “dessert salads” are a favorite of the Upper Midwest potluck circuit, you don’t have to be from Minnesota to appreciate this dish. It’s popular for a reason: It’s decadently delicious. It’s also typically inexpensive to make and serves a crowd—thus its enduring popularity. For another similar recipe, try Betty’s beloved Pudding Fruit Salad.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 2/3 Cup
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
75mg
3%
Potassium
65mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
22g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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