5 Retro Salads to Add to Your Thanksgiving Menu for a Taste of the Past

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This Thanksgiving ditch the trendy salads for the salads your grandma used to make (and your parents probably still can’t forget). I’m talking about the kind of salads that jiggle more than they crunch, bursting with fruit, Jello, and a healthy dose of sweet fun.

Pistachio salad topped with nuts and cherries.
Watergate Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

So, pull out your vintage bowls and whip up a salad that is as much a conversation starter as a side dish. Because let’s face it, Thanksgiving is all about tradition, so it is the perfect excuse to be a little extra and a little retro!

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Watergate Salad

Dive into the scandalously good Watergate Salad, a retro gem that’s weirdly wonderful. Just five ingredients and you’ve got a fluffy, pistachio-flavored blast from the past that might just upstage your turkey. Perfect for those who think cranberry sauce is too mainstream.
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Cherry Salad

Cherry fluff salad in blue bowls with whipped cream.
Cherry Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Cherry Salad, a.k.a. Pink Fluff, is the kind of throwback your Thanksgiving desperately needs. With just six ingredients and a prep time that’s shorter than a commercial break, it’s a potluck superhero. Get ready to spoon up some nostalgia.
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Lime Jello Salad

Piece of lime jello salad topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
Lime Jello Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Lime Jello Salad: because nothing screams ‘retro’ like a jiggly, green mountain on your dinner table. This old-school, tangy treat is the perfect way to confuse and delight your guests in equal measure. It’s not just a salad, it’s a conversation starter.
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Cranberry Fluff

A bowl of pink cranberry dip with a wooden spoon.
Cranberry Fluff. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Cranberry Fluff is what happens when cranberries decide to take a walk on the wild side. This vintage concoction brings together tart berries and sweet fluffiness for a side dish that’s as quirky as your eccentric aunt. Bring it out and watch the room divide into lovers and skeptics.
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Orange Fluff Salad

Orange fluff salad in a bowl.
Orange Fluff Salad. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Orange Fluff Salad is your grandma’s secret weapon and possibly the reason your parents turned out so interesting. Combining citrusy zing with creamy nostalgia, it’s a dessert-salad hybrid that defies all culinary logic. Embrace the bizarrely delicious side of Thanksgiving!
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