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Quick Cranberry Gelatin Salad Recipe

Quick Cranberry Gelatin Salad Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional 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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Jessica User ID: 8969600 256883
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4225266 255961
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8938916 254503
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8818390 246150
Reviewed 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!"

muffinpuffin User ID: 32249 48783
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"Family favorite, a must for every holiday!!"

busybabybee User ID: 6015422 52044
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"We can't celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving without this dish!"

bama7546 User ID: 2720939 78330
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"OMG!!! this is excellent. Make it year round with or without grapes."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 24879
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"I LOVE this recipe & I've made this recipe a # of times-only without the red grapes! I also put the cranberry jello mixture in a 6-cup mold and chilled it overnight! I had to make this salad for a chapel function held today and I know it will go over well! I did add the grapes this time! Also: I used less PINEAPPLE

than the 20 oz. full can-I measured out 1-3/4 cups crushed pineapple and it worked very well for me! I also just chilled the entire mixture overnight instead of letting the jello sit 1/2 hour in refridge! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

Karen Miller User ID: 2508303 78322
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"Delicious! My family doesn't love cranberries, but everyone enjoyed this salad."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 47236
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I have made this recipe each year for our Thanksgiving & Christmas meals-also for other special famiy get-togethers! This salad always goes over well and has won raves whenever I've prepared it! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

amberd81 User ID: 4577733 45326
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I really don't like cranberries, but I love this salad. Our family makes it every year for the holidays."

snwagner User ID: 1481214 50399
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"This recipe has become a favorite. I usually add extra pecans for added texture, yummy!"

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