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Molded Cranberry Nut Salad

We try lots of cranberry recipes, and this one is always requested when we have family get-togethers at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's also been a favorite dish at every church potluck I've taken it to! —Eleanor Arthur, Seattle, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups dry red wine or cranberry juice
  • 1 package (6 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups diced celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Celery leaves


  • Soften unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup water; set aside. In 3-qt. saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar and wine or cranberry juice; heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add lemon gelatin and softened unflavored gelatin; stir until dissolved. Stir in remaining water. Chill until mixture is partially set. Fold in celery and walnuts. Pour into greased 8-cup mold; cover and chill until set. Meanwhile, combine sour cream and mayonnaise; refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, unmold gelatin and top each serving with dollop of dressing. Garnish with celery leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 377 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • marciwgardening
    Dec 1, 2020

    I revise to a less sugar version. I use crushed pineapple (drain Juice); whole cranberry sauce; mandarin oranges cut small(again drain juice and try to buy all fruits packed in juice without sugar) and pecan pieces. If doubling, I use one gelatin that is sweetened and one unflavored unsweetened. Always a hit!

  • Nancy
    Nov 24, 2020

    Can u make this with stevia or xylitol instead of sugar? It sounds different/

  • Trilby Yost
    Jul 12, 2010

    Last holiday season I froze bags of fresh cranberries, but I never got around to using them. Knowing that they would go to waste if I didn't find a way to use them, I looked for a recipe. I decided on this one, and boy! was it a hit. My family exclaimed that it was Christmas in July! It is especially refreshing in hot weather so it doesn't have to be saved for cold weather holidays. I served it with barbecue!