You can use fresh or frozen cranberries to make this tasty cranberry salad for your Thanksgiving side dish.
12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup orange or apple juice
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded coconut
2 stalks celery, chopped finely
1 apple, chopped finely
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Blend cranberries, juice, and raisins together in a blender.
Pour into a large bowl and add coconut, celery, apple , and walnuts if desired. Toss well before serving.
How can you tell if a cranberry is good? Before machines took over the job of checking for quality, people used to roll cranberries down stairs. The soft, undesirable berries did not have the "oomph" to make it down, so they would languish on the steps; the fresh ones made it to the bottom. For fun at home, play along by dropping one onto the counter or floor. It should bounce like a rubber ball. Not feeling that playful? Top quality cranberries float.
Did You Know?
Did you know cranberries are considered an herb? And that most of the commercial berries are produced in Massachusetts and Wisconsin?
Recipe makes 12 servings.