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Quick Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Since this tangy salad keeps well, I make it a day ahead for my Christmas menu. It's also a great choice to take to a holiday potluck - even people who aren't fond of cranberries think it's yummy. I got the recipe from a friend at church who likes to cook and bake as much as I do. -Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in water. Stir in pineapple and cranberry sauce. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Stir in grapes and pecans. Pour into a 2-qt. serving bowl. Refrigerate until firm.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 146 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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  • Larry
    Dec 27, 2019

    ALL of my family loves this - and that’s a miracle. It was easy and delicious. I made it for Christmas Day and everyone said “save that recipe!” Thanks!

  • Queenlalisa
    Dec 24, 2019

    I absolutely love this stuff! I used sugar free jello and added a chopped apple.

  • Terri
    Dec 2, 2019

    This was awesome! The store was out of cherry jelli so I used strawberry instead. Also I used Dole pineapple tidbits instead of crushed and a can of fruit cocktail instead of grapes. The cranberry sauce gives it the perfect amount of tang and I have already bought ingredients for another one for a low-fat treat at home.

  • Missy
    Nov 29, 2019

    I made this salad for Thanksgiving and it was the star side dish!!! It's very easy to make. Instead of the grapes I substituted a large can of mandarin oranges, drained, 1/2 cup of chopped celery and the zest of an orange! Wow so easy and fresh! Thank you for a no fuss side for any meal!

  • TheDix
    Nov 19, 2017

    This has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Everybody loves it! I make this instead of cranberry sauce. I omit the pecans but no one misses them. The best cranberry salad EVER!

  • TNbluffbaker
    Oct 5, 2017

    A nice change of pace for the Thanksgiving table. I omit the grapes and pecans, but it's still good.

  • Jessica
    Nov 16, 2016

    Yummy tradition that's also easy! Btw, I omit the grapes and add chopped celery. I know it sounds weird, but it takes it to that next level, trust me! I do 2-4 stalks depending if I double the recipe or not, just stir it in with everything else. I also prefer walnuts to pecans, that's really a preference thing.

  • Ruffshse
    Oct 26, 2016

    Made this a couple of years ago for thanksgivings. Got good reviews on it. Glad i found it again.Will call it a keeper.

  • nancygene1
    Sep 22, 2016

    Love this recipe, but I don't know how the publisher can say "0 sugar." The pineapple alone has about 22 g of sugar and the canned cranberries has another 20 g. I made my own cranberries with fresh cranberries and Stevia, plus I used sugar free Jello to try and reduce some of the sugar and it still turned out great. Anyway, I would have given this a 5-star rating, but because of the sugar, I reduced it to 4 stars.

  • HairyJoe
    Mar 27, 2016

    Made this for Easter dinner & it was so yummy! Had lost my favorite jello salad recipe with bing cherries, but this is an excellent replacement. Wouldn't change a thing!