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Holiday Gelatin Salad Recipe

Holiday Gelatin Salad Recipe

“Because I care for a teenager with diabetes, I decided to change my annual Thanksgiving salad so she could have some.” -Mareen Robinson of Spanish Fork, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free lemon gelatin
  • 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free cherry gelatin
  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve the gelatins in boiling water. Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough cold water to measure 2 cups. Stir into gelatin mixture.
  • 2. Place the pineapple, cranberry sauce and orange in a food processor; cover and pulse until blended. Stir into gelatin mixture. Transfer to an 8-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until firm.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine whipped topping and sour cream. Unmold gelatin; serve with topping. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup topping).

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 105 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 1 fruit.

Reviews for Holiday Gelatin Salad

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karsmitty2 98711
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"My husband is a Type 1 diabetic, & there's no way I could serve him this dish with the regular canned cranberry sauce. Way too much sugar in it. I make my own cranberry sauce with Splenda or Stevia, so I substituted my homemade cranberry sauce for this jello salad, as other reviewers also did. If you use the crushed pineapple in it's own juice, the sugar content combined with the homemade cranberry sauce, is fairly low & more suitable for a diabetic, IMO. I also poured the mixture into a pretty glass bowl instead of using a mold. A good recipe with the modification of homemade cranberry sauce with Splenda or Stevia instead of canned. Thanks for sharing your recipe."

mountainberrybutterfly 170470
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"While this sounds delicious, it's the carb equivalent of half a meal for a diabetic. To make it lower carb, make your own cranberry sauce with Splenda,. Also check the labels on the fat free sour cream and whipped topping. Most fat free or reduced fat products add sugar when they reduce the fat. I hope this is helpful."

seekere 133987
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013


angelhairred 100098
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"I use whole cranberries and oranges with sugar free orange and raspberry jellos, with chopped pecans. My guys don't like celery so I drop that as well. Add a little splenda to the Jello while it is still hot if the berries are really tart. I top with a little fat free cool whip for the ones who worry about the fat and not the calories. I could eat this three times a day if it only lasted long enough. 5 stars."

ladyyorkie 169788
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"I grew up on a recipe similar to this one. Instead of the cranberry sauce my mother ground up whole cranberries, put in chopped celery, walnuts and used mandarin oranges instead of an orange."

wildfire949 169786
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"I am diabetic and this recipie is very good. Most sugarless jello's are, frankly, not very flavorful but this gelatin salad is quite good. I will definately serve it to my family."

kathidahl 155434
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"Cool Whip makes a sugar free topping, but it is difficult to find in the grocery stores. Also, wonder if I could use greek yogurt instead of sour cream? Unfortunately I believe it is the canned cranberry sauce that raises the carb count in this. I would not eat it either...too many carbs for my diabetes. However, if I use my home cooked (with Splenda) cranberry sauce, this would be yum!!"

CindiRobinson 169430
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"Fabulous salad. My mother has been making this for years!!"

savysmom1028 209295
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I found this recipe last year right before Thanksgiving. It is a wonder yet easy alternative to cranberry sauce. I made it last year for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner and EVERYONE loved it so much! My daughter's preschool class is having a Thanksgiving Feast next week and everyone was asked to bring in a side dish. This is the first thing that popped into mind. I think all 4 year olds love jello so this should be a big hit!"

dmoehring 169785
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Delicious and unique jello recipe! I used the full sugar jello for Christmas and it was a big hit"

garyy13 157349
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"Made this for Thanksgiving. My son-in-law has requested it again for Christmas. It was great."

kedunham 154291
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"My family did not like the seeds - I guess from the whole cranberry sauce. It would have been better with smooth cranberry sauce."

asabot 81848
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"5stew357...Can you find sugar-free orange jello? If not, I'd just do another box of strawberry or cherry."

asabot 155433
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I've made this for several family gatherings over the year and it is delicious and always a hit. I've always served it without the cool whip/sour cream topping."

GraminMaine 209294
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"Made it for a group of 23 & hardly anyone ate it, but I really liked it. I thought it would be good for my diabetic son-in-law, but he said too high in carbs. Don't know how to cut the recipe down."

MY REVIEW 169781
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"judith...did your husband and his diabetic friends like it?"

dillbert 170468
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"Made this for our get-together and it was a big hit!"

5stew357 172803
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Can't find sugar-free lemon gelatin in our food market, so what other flavor can I use."

Judith 95 100084
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I have a husband who is diabetic, I am highly allergic to all the SO CALLED sugar free items. I could only make it for him and the other diabetic friends, and made sure I did not eat any."

zosia1950 81839
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"Yummy Everyone loves it!"

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