Easy Cranberry Fluff Salad

I make this CRANBERRY FLUFF SALAD all the time during the holiday season and it’s always a huge hit! A perfect balance of tart cranberries, sweet meringues (optional), and fluffy marshmallows all coated in delicious whipped cream cheese, this sweet side dish or dessert is so yummy. Best of all it’s NO BAKE and can be made a day ahead!

Wow! Can you believe 2018 is almost over? I can’t believe it either but here we are. 

What a year 2018 has been; I can’t actually believe I survived this year.  Please don’t me wrong, I didn’t mean that in a negative way at all. In fact, 2018 has been a truly defining moment for me and perhaps one of the best years the Lord has granted me.

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 Southeast 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!

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Cranberry and Meringue Fluff Salad

Manila Spoon
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!
4.83 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 12 oz package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup white sugar (see notes)
  • 1 block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered or confectioner’s sugar (see notes)
  • 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 (optional)


  • 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 with the powdered sugar. 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 (if using). 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 a day ahead. It gets thicker as it sits so it won’t be liquidy.
Ready-made vanilla or peppermint meringues are sold in plastic containers in grocery stores. I get mine from Trader Joe’s.
If you don’t wish to add or use the meringues, then simply add an extra 1/4 cup  powdered sugar and, if desired, another 1/4 cup white sugar. The meringues add sweetness so if you don’t use them you may want to just up the sugar a little. It would be delicious, with or without the meringues.
Keyword Cranberry, Fluff, Meringue, Salad
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Last updated on November 21st, 2023 at 08:19 pm



  1. Liz
    December 29, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    Such a delicious addition to the holiday table! This combination is irresistible!

    • abigail
      December 29, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      I fully agree! Thanks Liz!

  2. Dini
    December 29, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so pretty and sounds so delicious! 🙂 I love the addition of tart cranberries and pineapples too. Brilliant dessert idea! And best of luck on your cookbook too, that is so exciting! 🙂

    • abigail
      December 29, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks! It truly has become a Holiday favorite!

  3. Sonal
    December 29, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    5 stars
    Awww I am so happy for you that you are authoring your own cookbook to be released soon. It is every blogger’s dream. I definitely dream of that too. That no bake meringue fluff salad is soooo good and such a doable recipe too.

    • abigail
      December 29, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Aww. Thank you very much Sonal. Do follow your dreams as they can come true! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. December 29, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds so deliciously sweet and fluffy! And love that deep pink color. It would be perfect for Valentine’s as well. 🙂

    • abigail
      December 29, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Yes, indeed! I like that idea! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. December 29, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    5 stars
    Yum yum! I haven’t had meringue in a while or this. Can’t wait to make and eat it!

    • abigail
      December 29, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Hope you like it. Thank you!

  6. December 29, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    5 stars
    What a delicious dish to end 2018! This is going to be a big hit at holiday parties or dinners.

    • abigail
      December 29, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Thanks and I totally agree! 🙂

  7. Caroline
    December 29, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Looks so pretty, I love the tartness and color from cranberries.

  8. Robin
    December 4, 2020 / 7:22 pm

    5 stars
    I adore the juxtaposition of the tart cranberries with the perfectly sweet marshmallows. So delicious!

  9. Marta
    December 4, 2020 / 9:56 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious and pretty. I loved the complex flavors and the bright colors of this cranberry fluff salad. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Manisha
    December 5, 2020 / 1:46 am

    This is screaming Christmas to me and I must indulge in – thanks for the recipe!

  11. Stine Mari
    December 5, 2020 / 1:53 am

    5 stars
    I love the color of this cranberry and meringue fluff salad and I’m so intrigued by the marshmallows and meringue inside, it sounds so yummy!

  12. Amy Liu Dong
    December 5, 2020 / 10:07 am

    5 stars
    Wow! This cranberry salad looks really refreshing and delicious too. The color pink gives it more enticing and tempting. I’ll definitely make this at home for the whole family.

  13. Julie
    December 6, 2020 / 9:51 am

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh! What a great recipe! I love how this classic fluff uses cranberry. So perfectly seasonal. Saving this for Christmas day!

  14. Lesli Schwartz
    December 6, 2020 / 2:47 pm

    5 stars
    The flavors in this cranberry meringue fluff are amazing! What a special treat for the holidays!

  15. Leslie
    December 6, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    5 stars
    Oh the cream cheese in this Cranberry and Meringue Fluff Salad recipe is pure divinity! I love this!

  16. Alexis
    December 7, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    5 stars
    My daughter wanted to make a fun dish for a recent Christmas party, she chose to make this fluff. It was so delicious! Thank you.

  17. Kushigalu
    December 10, 2020 / 12:01 am

    5 stars
    How pretty and festive is this. One of the best recipes to try with cranberries. Thanks for sharing.

4.83 from 17 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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