I make this all the time during the holiday season and it’s always a huge hit! A perfect balance of tart cranberries, sweet holiday meringues, fluffy marshmallows all coated in a creamy whipped topping this CRANBERRY AND MERINGUE FLUFF SALAD is so yummy. Best of all it’s NO BAKE and can be made a day ahead! Great as a sweet side dish or dessert!
If you had asked me a year or two ago, if I had ever thought I’d get the chance to write a cookbook (yes, my own cookbook!) I would have said, “You’re mad, totally mad.” And yet, that’s what 2018 offered and opened up for me.
To cut the story short (as I plan to write a more extended write-up about this whole process and experience in another post), by God’s grace, 2018 became a year that defined me as a blogger and recipe developer.
The Lord has kindly given me a gift (challenging, yes but nonetheless a wonderful gift!) – a chance to author a cookbook of recipes I have always dreamt of making and sharing with you all someday.
Lord-willing, I will present to you a book of our favorite rice and noodle dishes from South East Asia come summer 2019. Isn’t that exciting? 🙂
Now, this explains why there were weeks in 2018 when I have been unable to post new recipes to my blog and for that, I sincerely apologize. You probably thought that I was no longer blogging.
Well, let me tell you, I’m back and soon you’ll be receiving more regular updates via your email or through our social media if you follow us.
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Let’s go back to the business at hand. I wanted to end this year with a bang and I thought this delicious cranberry and meringue fluff is the perfect holiday dessert to do it.
I know I should have shared this earlier on as I have been making this dessert since Thanksgiving but it’s better late than never and this is still perfect for your NYE’s celebration as it’s a no-fuss dessert so you can concentrate on welcoming 2019!
Did I mention already that this is NO BAKE? And it can be made a day ahead!!! How easy and convenient indeed!
Now, what sets this apart from the many cranberry fluff recipes you may have seen on Pinterest or online, you may ask? The meringues!!!
This was actually inspired by my favorite English dessert – Eton mess – made with whipped cream, strawberries and, of course, meringues!
I thought why don’t I make a fusion of the American classic fruit fluff dessert with the British Eton mess and, voila!, this dessert was born.
I think it’s absolutely delicious and worked really well. Instead of just using whipped cream (or cool whipped for convenience) with this, I also added a block of cream cheese and wow – that infused such delectable creaminess to this scrumptious dessert. You simply can’t go wrong.
So before you run out of cranberries, or to celebrate the new year, make this and you’ll be the star at your holiday party! Promise!
Cranberry and Meringue Fluff Salad
I’ve made this at least 3 times this holiday season and is always huge hit! Perfect balance of tart cranberries, sweet holiday meringues, fluffy marshmallows all coated in a creamy whipped topping. Best of all it’s NO BAKE and can be made a day ahead! Great as a sweet side dish or dessert!
- 1 12 oz package fresh cranberries
- 1 cup crushed pineapple
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 block cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered or confectioner's sugar
- 1 large container cool whip (or 16 fl oz heavy cream, whipped until stiff)
- Half a pack of mini-marshmallows, or to taste
- 3-4 oz vanilla or peppermint meringues, coarsely chopped
In a food processor, pulse the cranberries a few times until coarsely chopped. Add the crushed pineapple and sugar and give it a quick stir just until everything is blended. Transfer to a large glass bowl (like a trifle bowl) where you would serve it from. Set aside in the fridge as you prep the rest of the ingredients.
In a food mixer, beat the softened cream cheese. Slowly add the powdered sugar as you beat the cream cheese. When completely blended and smooth, fold in the whipped cream or cool whip.
Gently fold in the cream cheese mixture with the cranberry mixture. Fold in the marshmallows and chopped meringues. Let sit for about 2 hours in the fridge or preferably overnight. Sprinkle some extra marshmallows, crushed meringues and a few cranberries on top for garnish, just before serving. Serve in the trifle bowl or in individual dessert glasses.
This dessert can be made ahead.
Ready-made vanilla or peppermint meringues are sold in plastic containers in grocery stores. I get mine from Trader Joes.