Waldorf Cranberry Salad (Low Calorie, Healthy)

 Enjoy a little sweetness with this delicious salad filled with apples, cranberries and marshmallows.  Lightened Waldorf Cranberry Salad with your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Waldorf Cranberry Salad has been a staple on our Thanksgiving table for as long as I can remember. Funnily enough, I hated it until a couple of years ago.  It is affectionately known as “red stuff”.  My Mom makes it every year as it is her favorite.  We all have different favorites.  For me it is mashed potatoes and our traditional Mushroom Stuffing.  My hubby loves a creamy mushroom dish, I’ve yet to lighten up.  It is loaded with heavy cream and topped with Ritz crackers.  My Dad can vary.  He likes to make three different types of stuffing.  There is no stuffing shortage at our Thanksgiving.  I don’t think my little one has a favorite yet.  She loves mashed potatoes but she also lovesWaldorf Cranberry Salad.  Although last time she ate it, she ate all the grapes and marshmallows and left the apples, little rat!

I really didn’t mess with my Mom’s recipe much.  It still is loaded with marshmallows so I won’t try to tell you this is healthy.  However, I did lighten it by cutting back slightly on the marshmallows and substituting some of the cool whip for Greek yogurt.  I also increased the grapes and decreased the walnuts.  It is still pretty sugary but come on, it’s Thanksgiving.  My attitude for Thanksgiving is to try to lighten up a little but enjoy the day.  I’m not trying to lose weight that day.  Although, I  don’t want to gain 5 lbs in that one day either.

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Even though we serve this salad with dinner, we all wait until the end of the meal to eat it.  Waldorf Cranberry Salad really does taste like dessert.  It is sweet, creamy and crunchy perfection.  In addition, it is a beautiful color from the cranberries and makes a nice change from cranberry salad.  You could even serve it for dessert.  It is a nice light treat after a heavy dinner.  Add it to your Thanksgiving menu and see if a new tradition is born.

I’m going to include any tips for making ahead any recipes in my Thanksgiving menu.  Be sure to see the tips under the recipe.

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Lightened Waldorf Cranberry Salad

Prep Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 100 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 cup raw cranberries
  • 2 2/3 cup mini marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups diced tart apples
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup seedless green grapes cut into quarters
  • 3/4 cup lite cool whip
  • ¼ cup 0% fat Greek yogurt


  1. In a food processor, pulse cranberries until they are ground.
  2. Pour cranberries into a large bowl and mix with marshmallows and sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Add apples, walnuts, grapes, salt and yogurt.
  4. Fold in cool whip.

Recipe Notes

 Make Ahead Tips: This dish has to be started the day before through step 2. You can also cut the grapes and make sure the walnuts are chopped the day before. The rest of the dish can be put together Thanksgiving morning and refrigerated until dinner time.

I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.


Nutrition Facts
Lightened Waldorf Cranberry Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 14g 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. The Café Sucre Farine says
    My MIL makes something similar and it too has been a staple on our TG table. Couldn't do TG without it. My daughter and I eat ourselves sick on it and then have it again for dessert! Your's is styled so pretty!
  2. My family makes this yearly for Thanksgiving and Easter (with frozen cranberries) and real whipped cream! I will totally have to try your lightened version!
  3. Could you use crazins instead of the fresh cranberries? I don't have a food processor. Please reply. I want to do this for Christmas dinner. Thanks. MM
  4. Joyce Winquist says
    love your recipes.


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