Grandma's Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Salad Recipe -
Grandma's Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Salad Recipe
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Grandma's Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Salad

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"My grandmother made this salad every Thanksgiving. It is delicious even without its creamy topping. This side dish is so yummy, I sometimes make it even when it's not Thanksgiving! Depending on your salad's shape, you can spread the topping in a layer over the Jell-O; or if you use a ring mold, put the topping in the center. Alternately, you could serve the topping in a bowl on the side, so it's optional."

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  • PREP

    20 mins

    8 hrs 20 mins


  1. Place the gelatin into a bowl, pour in the boiling water, and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Mix in the cranberry sauce, pineapple, celery, pecans, and orange zest until evenly blended. Pour the gelatin mixture into a mold or serving dish.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 8 hours.
  3. To make the topping, beat the cream cheese with half of the whipped topping. Fold in the remaining whipped topping until well blended. Unmold the gelatin, and spread with the topping mixture.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 14, 2007

I topping it with this creamy, sweet, tangy dressing. Mix together: 8-oz softened cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 teas vanilla extract. It was wonderful!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2010

Although I'm not a fan of most jello salads, this one was good. Used orange jello. It turned out a bit watery. Should have only added 1 1/2 cup water instead of 2. Maybe a different nut, a salted one or pretzels would work also.

Dec 25, 2008

I've never gotten so many compliments on a cranberry salad before! I followed the recipe as written, but added a bit more celery (for texture) plus a handful of dried cranberries. Delicious!

Nov 22, 2007


Nov 23, 2010

I have been making a very simular salad for years,but, lost mine. I read all the reviews and for the ones that didn't put the celery in really lost out and again for the ones that didn't put the topping on top again really cheated your guest. It is a salad not a dessert. Thanks for Grandma's Cranberry Orange Gelatin Salad , I'll be making it for Thanksgiving Dinner again this year 2010.

Dec 30, 2010

I'm a beginner cook (at 50 it's never too late to start) anyhoo... easy recipe and the taste was awesome! Definately on my to make again list.

Jun 25, 2009

I made this for a funeral luncheon at our church. This was my first attempt at a Jello mold (which I actually made in a bundt pan), so it didn't look so great, but I think with practice, it would look delightful. I omitted the celery. I don't know if I didn't soften the cream cheese long enough, but my whipped topping did not "spread" easilly on top of the mold, so it looked pretty gross. I think next time I would serve the topping on the side. It does smell and taste delicious, though!

Nov 29, 2010

I just made this for Thanksgiving, exactly as written and it was wonderful! Next time I will use 1/4 c less pecans, but it was great!


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  • Calories
  • 231 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 82 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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