RECIPE: Paula Deen’s Layered Cranberry Salad!

cranberry layer salad

If you are looking for a way to jazz up that boring cranberry sauce, this recipe is for you! I originally saw this featured on a Paula Deen cooking show, and I have been making it for my dad ever since. He loves it for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter…and I even make it for him during non-holiday times!



  • 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I use Miracle Whip)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans plus more for topping
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce, either whole or jellied, whichever you prefer


  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in mayo and beat together well. Add in 1/2 cup chopped pecans and beat until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix up cranberry sauce with a fork until it is well mixed and no “can ring marks” remain.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of a glass dish. Spread the cranberries on top. Top with additional chopped pecans.
  • Store tightly covered in the fridge.

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