Marshmallow Salad

As many of you gather with family today to celebrate the new year with the traditional good luck meal of greens, black-eye peas, and pork (or maybe this is just a southern thing), consider adding this dessert to your meal. It is light and fresh and fruity and it immediately became one of my favorites when I tried it for the first time. It’s interesting combination of ingredients surprised me the first time I tried it when my sweet sister-in-law brought it to a  family meal.  I immediately asked her for the recipe.

She passed away last year and now whenever I make it, it brings back memories of her. She was famous in the family for being an excellent cook and loved spending time preparing meals for her family. Here is Cindy Boggs’ recipe for Marshmallow Salad.

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Marshmallow Salad

1 medium-sized bag of miniature marshmallows

1 can of crushed pineapple (drained)

2 small cans of mandarin orange slices (drained)

1 cup of pecan halves

1 16 ounce carton of sour cream

1 large jar of maraschino cherries (drained)

Combine first five ingredients until well blended.  Add cherries and stir gently until evenly mixed. Chill until cold. Enjoy!!

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Here is a tip that I want to share with you regarding pecans. After I measure the amount of pecans that I need for  a recipe, I pour them all onto a paper towel and carefully pick through them. Sometimes there might be a piece of shell or part of the bitter lining still in the bag and if you have ever accidentally bit into one of those pieces then you know how awful it tastes.

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I was surprised that this recipe has a carton of sour cream in it. Once it mixes with the fruit and marshmallows though, it becomes sweet and delicious. This is one of my favorite dishes to prepare for holiday meals. It’s a family favorite and just looks so pretty in the bowl. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

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  1. Kelly Pridgen says:

    This was a holiday staple at my grandmother’s house. As a child, it was one of my favorites. It is also good with a little bit of coconut.

    • I love marshmallow salad and I always volunteer to make it so I can take home the leftovers. Another one of our family favorites that I take to my Mom’s is Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Have you ever tried it? Kathy

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