Enjoy a little sweetness with this delicious salad filled with apples, cranberries and marshmallows. Lightened Waldorf Cranberry Salad with your Thanksgiving dinner.
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.
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.
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Lightened Waldorf Cranberry Salad
- 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
In a food processor, pulse cranberries until they are ground.
Pour cranberries into a large bowl and mix with marshmallows and sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight.
Add apples, walnuts, grapes, salt and yogurt.
Fold in cool whip.
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.
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