Lydia's Cranberry Salad


This has always been a holiday favorite; it's even good for breakfast the next day. It's got a little of everything - cranberries, grapes, nuts, and miniature marshmallows - all held together with whipped topping. This keeps several days. In the beginning I was always told I HAD to use fresh whipped cream, but in later years my mother-in -law admitted to using nondairy whipped topping herself. A memory of my beloved mother-in-law, and something that makes Christmas...CHRISTMAS!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
14 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
14 hrs 30 mins
8 to 12 servings


  • 1 pound fresh cranberries

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes, quartered

  • 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows

  • 2 cups chopped pecans

  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a food processor, grind cranberries. Transfer to a medium bowl, and mix with sugar. Chill overnight in the refrigerator.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together cranberry mixture, marshmallows, pecans, and grapes. Fold in nondairy whipped topping 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

547 Calories
23g Fat
90g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 11
Calories 547
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 90g 33%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 74g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 277mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.