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Festive Cranberry Pineapple Salad
This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas salads.  I grew up loving this one as a child.  Mom used to make it high in fat.  I love it low-fat, and it is every bit as good. 


ounces fresh cranberries


(8-ounce) carton fat-free whipped topping, thawed
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained 1/2 cup Splenda granular (or 1/2 cup sugar)
cups miniature marshmallows 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Process the cranberries in a food processor for 1 minute.
Pour the purée into a large bowl.
Stir in the pineapple, marshmallows, whipped topping, Splenda, and walnuts.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. the longer it chills the better it tastes.
Yield: 14 (1/2-cup) servings
(with Splenda) Calories: 75; Fat: 0g (0% fat); Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 0g; Sodium: 13mg
(with sugar) Calories: 100; Fat: 0g (0% fat); Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 0g; Sodium: 13mg

Preparation time:
10 minutes
Menu idea: For a terrific Christmas menu, serve this salad with Christmas Punch (page 262), Creamed Green Beans (page 111), Sensational Sweet Potato Casserole (page 123), all from Busy People's Low-Fat Cookbook and Pork Holiday Barbeque (page 132), from Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Sweet & Sour Bacon Salad Dressing
Who'd ever think that a bacon salad dressing could be low in fat? It's hard to believe but here it is.  If you like sweet and sour, you're gonna love this. 


cup fat-free sour cream


cup skim milk
1/2 cup Splenda Granular 1/2 (3-ounce) jar real bacon bits
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar    

Whisk the sour cream, Splenda, vinegar, milk, and bacon bits together in a bowl until well blended.
Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Yield: 12 (2-tablespoon) servings
Calories: 33; Fat: 1g (21% fat); Cholesterol: 4mg; Carbohydrate: 3g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Protein: 2g; Sodium: 128mg

Preparation time:
5 minutes
Menu ideas: This dressing is absolutely delicious on fresh salad greens. Try it with the Grilled Steak and Salad (page 60) or the Summer Fiesta Salad (page 42), both in this book.