Frozen Cranberry Salad

This frozen cranberry salad is an old classic. Not only is it a quick and easy fruit salad to whip up, but it is also a holiday favorite.

The Story Behind Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad

My family loves to have this frozen cranberry salad on Christmas night. I would even venture to say that it is a family tradition. I didn’t grow up calling it Frozen Cranberry Salad, though. In our family, we call it Pink Perfection Salad.  However, for the sake of that good ole SEO, I had to rename it because no one will ever search for that! 

Instead of a fancy Christmas dinner, my mom made a tradition to have a Christmas buffet. One of you might be asking what is served at this Christmas buffet, so let me tell you. If you love mayonnaise, then you will probably love this dinner. We typically have seafood salad, chicken, salad, and potato salad. My mom usually buys one of those giant containers of mayo from Sam’s club and will go through the entire thing. Gag.

I don’t love mayonnaise, so my mom never fails to gross me out with it. She will get the largest mixing spoon she can find and scoop a giant spoonful of mayo out and pretend to eat it in front of me. It’s so disgusting. 

Now, mayonnaise-based salads aren’t the only things served. We also had ham biscuits, a veggie tray, and my grandmother’s plastic tray that had an assortment of Christmas cookies. 

The one thing that everyone loved, however, is this Frozen Cranberry Salad. My mom always would make and stick it in cupcake liners. Then she would stick in in the basement deep freezer and usually forget about it until halfway through the dinner. It didn’t matter, though, everyone still loved it even if it was late to the table. 

It’s creamy and delicious. Not only is it made with whole berry cranberry sauce, but it also has crushed pineapple and bananas. This is a quick and easy side dish to whip up if you are looking to have something a little extra for a holiday dinner. 

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Frozen Cranberry Salad

This frozen cranberry salad is an old classic. Not only is it a quick and easy fruit salad to whip up, but it is also a holiday favorite.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish


  • 1 14 oz can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1 8 oz container cool whip
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 diced bananas


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole berry cranberry sauce, sugar, and drained pineapple.
  • Stir until everything is combined. You may use a hand mixer at this stage.
  • Fold in the entire container of cool whip.
  • Dice your bananas. I prefer to slice the banana lengthwise to create ¼ pieces. You don’t want your banana pieces too big.
  • Scoop the salad into individual cups and freeze for at least 3 hours.
  • Remove from freeze 5-10 minutes before serving.

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  • 5 stars
    My grandmother made this delicious recipe in a 9″ x 13″ lidded Tupperware container for every holiday dinner for decades. Let it sit out for about 10 minutes before cutting it into squares with a sharp knife and it’ll release for serving just fine. While I plan to take your excellent advice and make it in individual servings for Christmas dinner later this week, I had never even heard of preparing it that way until I ran into this version on your website. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe so I can revisit this old family favorite!