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Holiday Cranberry Gelatin Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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 13x9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 241 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • bnrudy
    Jun 22, 2020

    Sorry, I don't understand what you do here. Do you eventually mix it all together and then spread it over the gelatin mixture. Someone please help explain that to me I'm sorry to be such a novice Stir in 1/2 cup whipped cream; fold in remaining whipped cream. Spread over gelatin mixture; sprinkle with pecans

  • OwlTree
    Mar 18, 2019

    This is so good and so festive looking. I don't care for the taste of raspberries, so I used cherry gelatin instead. A surefire holiday winner.

  • Natasha
    Dec 30, 2017

    I have made this 3 times now for Christmas brunches. We love it! Making ahead of time is a charm. Thank you :)

  • Sharon
    Dec 20, 2017

    I added a twist. I poured half of the gelatin mixture then refrigerated until firmThen I spread the cream cheese mixture. And topped with remaining gelatinAnd refrigerateI also cut some red grapes add those to gelatin. If you want to add crushed pineapple make sure to blend it in with the cream cheese

  • Rhondaislearning
    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.

  • rstknasel
    Apr 2, 2015


  • snowbunnie
    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!

  • kjordet
    Nov 23, 2011

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  • cooking4myboys
    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.

  • Theresajimison
    Dec 21, 2010

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