Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad Recipe
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Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad Recipe

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After seeing this gelatin salad in a flier, I decided to make it lighter. I like to serve it as a fruit salad, but others may like it for a sweet treat. —Eva DeWolf, Erwin, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free cranberry gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed salt-free pretzels
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 183 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Drain oranges, reserving juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; set oranges and juice aside.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cranberry sauce until melted. Add enough cold water to the reserved juice to measure 1-1/2 cups; add to gelatin mixture. Stir in oranges. Chill until partially set.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar substitute. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish; chill.
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar substitute until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Spoon gelatin mixture over cream cheese layer. Chill for at least 3 hours or until set. Yield: 15 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.
Originally published as Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p19

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jbrain User ID: 8183644 216007
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Made it for the first time at Christmas - it was a big hit. Thought I would use more pretzels next time but also like the graham cracker idea."

Ringgoldmom49 User ID: 5119860 129463
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I made this for Thanksgiving as a side salad with dinner. It tasted really good and everyone liked it, but I was disappointed in the pretzel layer. It didn't hold to the cream cheese layer, so it looked messy when I put it on the plates. I had to spoon some of the pretzels under the individual servings. Somewhat disappointing, but I will make it again, with some changes, because it looked good (minus pretzel fiasco) and tasted even better."

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 63006
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"When I made this I used real sugar, salted pretzels & regular whipped topping & it tasted great!!! I think that I didn't have enough butter in the crust though because it was really crumbly & didn't stay together. Everyone loved it & wants the recipie!! Love the salty, tangy, sweet combo :)"

heather12ab User ID: 3296401 144808
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"I forgot to add that we use graham cracker crumnbs instead of pretzels."

heather12ab User ID: 3296401 144807
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"It's a fantastic recipe and we have made it several times. Great for get togethers."

XOBasia User ID: 3504396 143626
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"I've always made one like this, but using frozen strawberries and strawberry jello....any combination would work. Sounds good with the oranges, too."

CarmelN User ID: 1395071 65914
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"It was a huge hit and so easy to make. I made it for a Christmas social with 13 friends. and of course the recipe just needs to be shared."

twinmomky User ID: 2661435 206833
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"Can this be made with the cranberry jelly instead of the whole cranberries?"

barber2 User ID: 2080580 129462
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"Another comment I forgot to include, I have to admit that this combo of oranges and cranberries are not a favorite of mine. Not a huge cranberry lover but it looked Christmasy and I loved it! I would agree with another comment..... I think of it as a salad, but it could be a dessert, it's that good, and it's very refreshing. It's Christmas, forget the calories for a little while!"

barber2 User ID: 2080580 149324
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"The various jello flavors and fruits are endless in this recipe. I decided to try this new combo and took it to my monthly extension club meeting, our Christmas dinner, today. WoW! It is pretty for Christmas and everyone loved it. Luckily I had enough left over for our dinner tonight. Hard to quit eating this yummy thing."

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