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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!

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!

Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry, Fluff, Meringue, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.