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Thanksgiving Day Salad Recipe
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Thanksgiving Day Salad

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"A time honored Thanksgiving salad that's at our table every year. Sweet and slightly tart, it is a colorful addition to any feast."

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Original recipe makes 10 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    8 hrs 15 mins


  1. Boil the water and combine with the strawberry flavored gelatin mix in a medium bowl. Mix in the strawberries, cranberry sauce and pecans. Transfer to a 2 quart mold. Chill in the refrigerator 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Place the molded gelatin mixture on a serving plate and surround the base with lettuce leaves.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and lemon juice with an electric mixer until well blended. Use this mixture as a topping for each serving of salad.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 17, 2009

Okay, this salad tastes AMAZING, but I had some serious issues with the appearance...first of all, I chilled the mold for 6-8 hours as stated, but when I turned the thing out onto a serving platter, it was too liquid to keep the pretty shape from the mold. The only change I made was to use the jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole berry. The topping was very tasty, but I found it to be lumpy...I would suggest beating the cream cheese with the sugar and lemon juice until fluffy, and then folding in the sour cream, I will do this next time I make this, and I will also put the jello part in a bowl instead of a mold.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2004

I made this for a Christmas event but didn't care for the strawberries in it, and the texture of the cranberry skins was unpleasant. I had made another red gelatin salad which was similar but much better: Water reduced to 1 3/4 cup, raspberry gelatin instead of strawberry, an 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice instead of frozen strawberries, jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole, same amount of chopped pecans, and add 3/4 cup orange juice and 1 T. lemon juice.

Feb 09, 2004

In my family there has been a jellied cranberry salad with walnuts and dates for years, but this Thanksgiving I decided to try this and we all enjoyed it, I liked the strawberries in it. I made half with and half without nuts (the children).

Jul 07, 2008

Loved this recipe and will make every Thanksgiving forever. We did some whole berry and some jellied and it was excellent!

Nov 15, 2006

This got rave reviews last year and I was just asked to bring it to Thanksgiving again, however, I did use jellied cranberry sauce, raspberry jello, and 8 oz crushed pineapple like a previous reviewer suggested. Thanks so much for the tip!!

Dec 01, 2003

I have one thing to say about this recipe, DELICIOUS! It was a hit at our Thanksgiving table. I already have a request to bring to family Christmas party.

Dec 10, 2003

This was very good, even better the secnd day. However, mine didn't set as well as I would have liked, so would probably decrease the water a little bit the next time to see.

Nov 20, 2009

I LOVE this recipe and so does my family. Sometimes, I even add a can of pineapple tidbits to it. DELICIOUS!!


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  • Calories
  • 139 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.9 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 59 mg
  • 2%

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

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