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Holiday Gelatin Salad

Because I care for a teenager with diabetes, I decided to change my annual holiday salad so she could have some. —Mareen Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings (3/4 cup topping)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine whipped topping and sour cream. Unmold gelatin; serve with topping.
Nutrition 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: 1 fruit, 1/2 starch.

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  • TNbluffbaker
    Dec 14, 2017

    Love the combination of the three packages of jello. Omitted the topping and it was still good.

  • karsmitty2
    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
    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.

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    Nov 15, 2013


  • angelhairred
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Nov 14, 2013

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

  • momof29
    Feb 19, 2013

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