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Thanksgiving Cranberry Salad


  • 3 apples
  • 1 orange
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 2-6 Tbsp maple syrup


  • Wash all the ingredients. Chop apples and orange into sections. Do not peel the orange - use the whole thing. Chop the celery, too.
  • In small batches, pulse in a food processor until desired consistency. Remove and repeat until all ingredients are chopped.
  • Mix in a medium bowl. Add maple syrup 1 Tbsp at a time, tasting between until desired sweetness is reached.


Athletes: Cranberries have a unique phytochemical in them, PAC (proanthocyanidins), which prevent bacteria from sticking and multiplying - which is why you often hear that they decrease risk of UTIs. But, we also know these are strong anti inflammatory agents that help us repair after strenuous exercise. So get you some cranberries after that turkey trot!!
Healthy Eating: Be sure to add your favorite Thanksgiving foods to your plate. A holiday is exactly that - a holi-DAY. Eat the foods that bring you joy and happy memories on that day- whatever they may be. Round out your plate with some deliciously healthy options, like this salad. All your favorites + some healthy side dishes = perfection! Everybody wins.
Kids: Let them add their own marshmallows and they'll be filling their plates with cranberry salad in no time. Personal experience here, guys. 
Other Thoughts:
  • Let the salad sit overnight - tastes awesome the next day after it all has time to mingle.
  • I used 2 Tbsp of maple syrup. Try using very sweet apples if you want to try and make it with no added sugar. Or, if your family likes it sweet, no shame in the game of adding more maple syrup!
  • As mentioned above, we used to always put marshmallows in the salad. If that tickles your fancy, do it!
  • This will keep for awhile, 5-ish days.