*To make ahead:
The cranberries can be prepared a day in advance. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container. Remove from refrigerator and hour before serving.
The dressing can be made up to 1 day in advance, covered tightly, and refrigerated. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before serving.
The almonds can be toasted up to 1 day in advance; store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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