Holiday Cranberry Gelatin Salad Recipe
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Holiday Cranberry Gelatin Salad Recipe

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"This light, delicious holiday salad is very popular in my family and has been requested every year since I first brought it to Christmas Eve dinner. The refreshing, not-too-sweet flavor is a perfect pairing with just about any meat." –Jennifer Mastnick, Hartville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) raspberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 241 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. In another bowl, combine cranberry sauce and remaining water; add gelatin mixture and lemon juice. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup whipped cream; fold in remaining whipped cream. Spread over gelatin mixture; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Cranberry Salad in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p90

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"Fantastic. The recipe as it is written is how I ate it the first time and I thought it was great. I make small changes for our liking but that is part of the fun. I like toasting the pecans in the oven also I add a bit of vanilla and sugar to the whipped topping. This is a great make ahead recipe except I make the whipped topping that day."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015


Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"This is delightful. My family never cared for cranberries until I made this. Now they ask for it at every holiday dinner!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Loved this not too sweet dessert after a big Christmas meal. I did add a tsp. of vanilla to the topping but no other changes. I'll be making this again and again."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. I changed it slightly by adding a little sugar to the whipping cream."

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