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Cranberry Salad

This Cranberry Salad with Jello is a must for holiday dinners! It is packed with fresh cranberries, oranges, apples, pomegranate and pineapple.  It goes perfectly with turkey or ham and is a delightful side to add to your holiday spread. 

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Cranberry Salad Recipe for holiday dinners from Miss in the Kitchen

Cranberry Salad is one of my favorites for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner.  I got this recipe from my mom and she said it was one that my great-aunt Zoe always made. Those heirloom recipes really make a holiday meal something special. 

Cranberry Salad Recipe perfect for any holiday dinner from Miss in the Kitchen

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Ingredients for Cranberry Salad with Jello

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Crushed pineapple – fresh pineapple not work, it will keep the Jello from setting up properly.
  • Oranges – fresh or canned mandarin oranges, cut into small pieces
  • Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Toasted walnuts, chopped
  • Raspberry Jello or Cherry Jello

How to Make Cranberry Salad

Mixing up Cranberry Salad for the holidays Miss in the Kitchen
  1. Place cranberries in a food processor with sugar and chop fine.
  2. Pour into large bowl set aside for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add pineapple, oranges, apple, pomegranate, and walnuts, mixing well.
  4. Prepare Jello according to package directions and pour over fruit mixture.
  5. Stir until all combined.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Full printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

Make it Ahead

This Cranberry Salad is perfect to make a couple of days ahead of your holiday meal. It keeps really well for 4- 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s one of those recipes that tastes better the next day. 

Cranberry Salad Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen

Why You Will Love this Easy Cranberry Salad Recipe

  • Festive Dish: A simple salad that will add a nice change to traditional cranberry sauce or whole berry cranberry sauce. The bright red salad and fresh fruit is a gorgeous addition to your holiday table.
  • Easy Recipe to Make Ahead: This cranberry salad is the perfect side dish to make a couple of days in advance of your holiday dinner. 
  • Simple Ingredients: This recipe has the best flavor combination of sweet and tart. It’s a delicious dessert salad that pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham. 

More Holiday Dessert Salad Recipes to Try

  • Watergate Salad is made with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, cool whip and maraschino cherries. It’s a favorite for the holiday season. 
  • Strawberry Fluff is another easy recipe that is made with strawberry pie filling, cream cheese, cool whip, pineapple and sweetened condensed milk and it’s always a favorite for family dinners.
  • Cranberry fluff is a creamy cranberry salad with whole cranberries, green apples, mini marshmallows and whipped cream. This is the cranberry salad my mother in law has always made and the whole family loves it. 

If you are looking for new recipes to add to your holiday menus, this raspberry cranberry jello salad is a surefire winner. The tart green apples and tartness of the cranberries is sweetened by the jello and makes the perfect holiday side dish.

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Cranberry Salad in individual servings.

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Yield: 8

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad Recipe for holiday dinners from Miss in the Kitchen

This Cranberry Salad is a must for holiday dinners! It is packed with fresh cranberries, oranges, apples, pomegranate and pineapple.  It goes perfectly with turkey or ham and is a delightful side to add to your holiday spread.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 small oranges, segmented and diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
  • 1 small box raspberry Jello

Instructions

  1. Place cranberries in a food processor with sugar and chop fine. Pour into large mixing bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Add pineapple, oranges, apple, pomegranate, and walnuts, to the cranberries, mixing well.
  3. Prepare Jello according to package directions and pour over fruit mixture. Stir until all combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Notes

Can be made 3 days in advance.

Store in a covered dish in the refrigerator up to one week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 5gSugar: 47gProtein: 4g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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35 Comments

    1. Cranberry salad is missing a step. It says to set cranberries aside and then, what? Leave them set aside forever? No video to clarify. Disappointed.

      1. Literally says in Step 2 to add other things to the cranberries. This is why reading is fundamental and ugly comments are unnecessary.

  1. I love sweet potato casserole the most and the thing is I wouldn’t touch the stuff when I was growing up. I sure did miss out!

  2. Thanks Milisa! I plan to use this for my in-laws next weekend. She asked for it and I had never seen or heard of one without cool whip and cream cheese. I may use peans instead of walnuts but that’s probably just personal taste. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Kelli,
      I’m so glad you are going to try it. Pecans are a great addition and I love that it can be made a couple of days in advance. It’s one of my favorites. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we do.

      ~ Milisa

  3. This is a family favorite, and nothing beats homemade! Definitely a must for the holidays!
    We will definitely be enjoying this!

  4. Cranberry salad is missing a step. It says to set cranberries aside and then, what? Leave them set aside forever? No video to clarify. Disappointed.

    1. Hi Song bird,
      I’m sorry the directions were not clear, I have updated the recipe card and hope that helps. The cranberries are set aside in a large bowl for 30 minutes and then you add the remaining fruits, nuts and then the Jello. I added the video to the card again and hopefully you can see it now.

      ~ Milisa

  5. Thank you for posting this so I could find it. I’ve used it twice for family, friends, and work holiday events. I added grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and peaches to go with the fruit already included in the recipe. Not only has everyone loved it, and so many people have asked me for the recipe since. I keep sharing your link with them. Thank you!

    1. Hi Tina,
      I was thinking of trying it with strawberries but now I want to try it with all of the berries you mentioned and peaches! That sounds amazing and thanks so much for continuing to share the recipe!

      ~ Milisa

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