.1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad #raw #vegan #salad #cranberry #holidays

Three cheers for the tart and tangy cranberries in this delicious, 1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad!  It’s a no-cook, make-ahead, plant-based, side dish that travels exceptionally well!

1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad is mouth-watering-ly-good.  And I believe that after tasting it, you’ll never willingly serve cranberry sauce from a can again!  Ever since a dear friend shared her version of this salad, I’ve gratefully avoided serving boring old canned sauce.

When you double this recipe you’ll get to indulge in plenty of nutty cranberry goodness well beyond the dinner table.  For example: try stirring it into coconut yogurt or as a gorgeous tangy topping for banana ‘nice’ cream.  This dish is as versatile as it is tasty and it keeps well when jarred and stored in the fridge.

Mmm, my mouth is watering as I write!

By the way, my berry gobbling family and I quickly plow our way through bag after bag of tangy, nutritious, cranberries.  For that reason, when cranberries are in season, I intentionally purchase extra bags.  And since cranberries freeze well, you can store them for months in the freezer.

When it comes to stocking up and being prepared, I’m a bit of a nerdy, nut stashing squirrel and girl scout combo.

1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad #1-bowl #no-cook #side dish #easy

While finalizing this recipe for you, I experimented with a variety of sweeteners.  Those practice batches led to a winning combination of coconut sugar and maple syrup or raw agave nectar.  One primary reason for experimenting with raw agave and coconut sugar is because they sweeten while tallying up fewer empty carbs than more refined, granulated sugars.  And did you know that coconut sugar provides two times more iron and zinc than granulated sugar?  Hooray for vitamins and minerals! 

Raw agave nectar is surprisingly low in glucose. For most, lower levels of glucose mean it doesn’t create a rapid spike in blood sugar levels.  And since agave is about 1.5 times sweeter than traditional granulated sugar, you can use less of it.  And as the bright and beautiful Michelle Obama’s food labeling mission hopefully taught us, less is nutritionally best when it comes to added sugar.

But enough sweet talk. Heh, heh, heh.  

Another reason this 1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad is top-shelf gold is that it makes such fabulous use of seasonal produce.  Its crunchy walnuts and chunks of sweet apple balance out the tartness of the cranberries perfectly.  And the tender nuggets of liquid-gushing orange lend a welcomed bit of refreshing juicy citrus that’s so darn tasty!

And with its colorful presentation, you will undoubtedly appreciate how this eye-catching, purple-y-red, salad effortlessly adorns your plate. After all, we human types seriously seem to enjoy eating food that’s pretty!

1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad #relish #thanksgiving #christmas #fruit salad

To put it in a nutshell, 1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad tastes tangy, sweet, earthy, and satisfyingly crunchy. And to make this dish even more enjoyable, it’s all of those things while being, off the charts, healthy! 

It will taste terrific spread onto your morning toast or stuffed inside a warm, fluffy, biscuit.  And to take this delight into happy hour, it’s even fantastic served alongside a wholesome nut-based cheese. We recommend making this spreadable cheesy delight to enjoy with this dish and a favorite glass of wine, or two.

Oh, my! What can’t this salad do? I’d better make some MORE!

So, as mentioned earlier, let’s hear it for the cranberry!

Happy eating, everyone.

1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad #gluten-free #dairy-free #healthy #vegan

1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad

1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad

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  • Yield: 10 Servings

Full of immunity-boosting Vitamin C,  1-Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad tastes as dazzling as it looks!  And as a win-win bonus, even time will be on your side with this make-ahead side dish! The taste buds of all who eat this will thank you for this naturally nutritious and delicious combo of fresh seasonal fruit and satisfyingly crunchy nuts!




  1. First, roughly chop the walnuts and place them in a mixing bowl that's large enough to mix and hold the entire completed salad.  For the chopping required to complete this recipe, I prefer using a food processor.

  2. Peel, section and chop the oranges and place in the bowl with the chopped nuts.
  3. Next, rinse, drain and roughly chop the cranberries.

  4. Now, core and dice the apples.  Roughly dice the apples by hand or lightly chop them using a food processor. Since the bits of skin add color to the dish, don't peep the apples.  Whenever I can find them, I use a combination of organic Granny Smith and Golden Delicious Apples so that bits of yellow and green brighten the salad.
  5. Finally, sprinkle the chopped fruits and nuts with the pure maple syrup or agave nectar and coconut sugar, stirring gently to coat.  By this time your bowl should be filled with dazzling color as the ingredients join together.

  6. If you just can't wait, by all means, scoop out a bit into a dish and enjoy of sample bite of the excellent raw, vegan and gluten-free treat you've just created!

    While this salad can be most definitely be enjoyed right away, waiting just a bit allows an irresistibly sweet syrup to develop from the harmonious marriage of coconut sugar, agave nectar, and fruit juice.  

    Last but not least, cover and chill this lovely bowl of goodness in the refrigerator for about a half hour or so before serving.


  • This delightful side dish of 1 -Bowl Raw Cranberry Fruit Salad can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for days before serving.  To me, preparing ahead of time means more enjoyable events and mealtimes for the host!

  • While creating this recipe, I was able to significantly reduce the amount of sugar typically used in this traditional side dish.  But by all means, feel free to experiment and reduce the quantities of maple syrup, or agave and coconut sugar even further if that suits your taste or dietary requirements.  You could also use only one of the sweeteners if you like.
  • Once you've experienced this delightful one-bowl wonder, you'll want to try more of my cranberry creations. For a delicious berry treat you can sip, try tossing some frosty frozen cranberries into this energizing blend and make yourself a pretty pink smoothie.
  • One of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy this raw dish is by serving it with my tasty vegan and  Gluten-Free Cornbread MuffinsI promise you that this combo makes for one memorable taste sensation!    


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 115
  • Total Fat 0.3 g ---
  • Saturated Fat 0 g ---
  • Cholesterol 0 mg ---
  • Sodium 0 mg ---
  • Carbohydrates 28.5 g 10 %
  • Fiber 3.1 g 12 %
  • Sugar 21.7 g ---
  • Protein 0.6 g 1 %
  • Vitamin A 2 %
  • Vitamin C 37 %
  • Iron 1 %
  • Calcium 2 %

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