This is one of my favorite ways to eat Cranberries during the winter! It is a great dish to take to share for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is so pretty and always surprises people who usually eat Cranberry Sauce.
This dish only has a few great ingredients! It is super easy to make but is best if the cranberries and sugar mixture rest overnight. So be aware that this step does require some extra time and really can’t be rushed if you don’t want the salad weeping cranberry juice.
I like this salad so much I usually buy extra bags of cranberries so I can make this in the summer as well. It’s a great treat on a hot summer day with roasted pork dishes.
You can cut the calories down by using Cool-Whip instead of whipping cream.
Cranberry Pecan Cream Salad
1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 c heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 c seedless grapes, cut in half
1 c pecans, medium chopped
Remove the cranberries from the bag and pick off any stems that are on the berries. Rinse the berries and put them in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process the berries until they are finely chopped.
Remove the chopped berries and put in a colander that is sitting over a larger bowl. Be sure the bottom of the colander does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
Add the sugar to the berries and mix thoroughly. This process is going to slightly sweetened the berries and draw the moisture out of the berries. It will also make a cranberry syrup-like mixture in the bottom of the bowl that you can use in cocktails or cook as a sauce for another dish.
Put the colander with the berries and the sugar in the refrigerator overnite.
The next morning whip the whipped cream with the vanilla until stiff. Fold in the cranberry/sugar mixture, pecans and the grape halves.
Put the mixture in your favorite serving dish and top with a few nuts, sliced grapes, or sugar glazed grapes. Refrigerate for an hour and serve.
This just might become one of your families favorite Thanksgiving side dishes because it is so versatile. You can use it as an appetizer by putting it in a serving container like a shot glass, as a side dish or salad, and because it is fruit and whipped cream it works well as a dessert!