- 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
- Drain oranges, reserving juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; set oranges and juice aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad
"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."
"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."
"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 :)"
"I forgot to add that we use graham cracker crumnbs instead of pretzels."
"It's a fantastic recipe and we have made it several times. Great for get togethers."
"I've always made one like this, but using frozen strawberries and strawberry jello....any combination would work. Sounds good with the oranges, too."
"Can this be made with the cranberry jelly instead of the whole cranberries?"
"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!"
"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."