Of all the cranberry salad recipes, this is one tried and true Thanksgiving staple that deserves a spot at your holiday table. Our traditional cranberry salad has a gorgeous ruby color that brightens up any gravy-covered plate, and the variety of tastes and textures will satisfy every family members’ preferences. Maraschino cherries balance the tartness of the cranberries without altering the flavor profile, so you still get the familiar flavor you love to enjoy this time of year. This whole cranberry salad recipe has a lot of flexibility, but make sure it marinates long enough for all the ingredients to meld together naturally.

Recipe by Southern Living November 2014


Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 55 mins
20 mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture thickens. Remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes. Stir in cherries and remaining ingredients. Transfer to a bowl; cover and chill 2 to 12 hours.