Fruit salad just got more delicious with this cranberry mandarin orange and walnut salad.
Apart from the sugar, it’s full of healthy ingredients and certain to be popular on your dinner table.
Healthy Fresh Cranberries
Cranberries are small, hard, round, red fruits with a flavor that many describe as both bitter and sour.
They grow on vines in freshwater bogs, mostly in the northern United States and southern Canada.
They’re related to blueberries and wintergreen.
Native Americans first used them for food, fabric dye, and medicine. Sailors used to eat them to prevent scurvy while at sea.
Just one cup of raw fruit has this much vitamins and minerals:
- 25% RDA of vitamin C
- 9% RDA of vitamin A
- 8% RDA of vitamin E
- 6% RDA of vitamin K
- 8% RDA of vitamin B-complex
- 2% RDA of potassium
- 1% RDA of iron and calcium
- 16% RDA of manganese
- 7% RDA of copper
Cranberries also have these antioxidants:
- Ursolic acid
- A-type proanthocyanidins
Fresh cranberries are 88% water as well.
Thyme is an herb that can add so much flavor to a dish with so many health benefits.
The scent of thyme can boost your mood by the wonderful smell it gives off.
Cooking is relaxing, and when you remove the leaves from the stems, a wonderful order is admitted and that smell relaxes your mind even more.
Eating thyme can help lower heart rate and blood pressure.
The natural oils of thyme can also help repel mosquitoes.
This salad also supports digestion with celery and walnuts.
And consummation of both have been linked to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Cranberry Walnut Mandarin Orange Salad
3 cups fresh cranberries, washed well
2 cups celery, sliced thinly
3 mandarin oranges, peeled, separated into segments
1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt
2/3 cups sugar
1/2 lime, juice and zest
2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped + more for garnish
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Put the cranberries in a food processor and pulse about 30 seconds into a ground mixture.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add the celery, oranges, salt, sugar, lime juice, zest and chopped thyme. Toss and blend folding together all the ingredients.
Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.