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Cranberry Jello Salad

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Cranberry jello salad is a very easy recipe made with whole cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple, apples and strawberry gelatin. This recipe is quick to put together but needs to be chilled in the fridge in advance. It’s the perfect side dish to serve at your next holiday dinner!

Try our homemade cranberry sauce next! It’s flavored with a bit of orange zest and makes it extra delicious.

Close up bowl of cranberry pineapple jello salad

Cranberry Pineapple Salad

This cranberry pineapple jello salad is a classic recipe that reminds me of my childhood. It’s easy peasy to make and a great addition to your holiday meal.

The process to make it is simple, all you need is a kettle of boiling water and a bowl to mix everything together. No stovetop is necessary.

Although this jello salad is sweet-tasting, it’s also tart all thanks to the cranberries. Traditionally it’s served as a side dish with a holiday dinner and roasted turkey. It would also taste great alongside roast beef, chicken or ham.

An apple, can of crushed pineapple, canned cranberry sauce, and box of strawberry jello.

Recipe Ingredients

You only need 5 ingredients to make this classic jello salad.

Chopped apple on a cutting board, and a bowl with crushed pineapple, cranberry sauce, chopped apple. Then a bowl of them mixed together.

How To Make Jello Cranberry Salad

Full ingredients and instructions are also in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

STEP 1: Chop one small apple into bite-size pieces.

STEP 2: Add the 14 oz can of crushed pineapple, 14 oz can of whole cranberry sauce and 1 chopped apple to a bowl. Mix them together.

Four images of bowls, first is jello powder, second is red liquid in bowl with a whisk, fourth is chopped apples, pineapple and cranberry sauce. Fourth is cranberry jello salad with chopped apple pieces.

STEP 3: In a separate bowl add two packs (6 oz) of strawberry gelatin. Add 1 ¾ cups of boiling water to the gelatin powder. Whisk for two minutes to fully dissolve.

STEP 4: Pour the jello liquid overtop of the canned fruit mixture and stir together. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to chill and set.

A bowl of cranberry pineapple jello salad with a spatula. First unmixed then a picture of it mixed.

STEP 5: Once fully chilled, stir with a spoon to break up the gelatin. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

A bowl of pineapple cranberry jello salad with chopped apple.

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to use whole berry cranberry sauce versus jellied cranberry sauce. You want the whole cranberries for this recipe because they add great texture and flavor.
  • You can use regular strawberry jello, or a sugar-free version like I did. I used 2 packs of Simply Delish strawberry gelatin that’s sweetened with stevia. Raspberry gelatin or cherry jello (gelatin) will also work.
  • You can boil the hot water in a kettle (like I did) or in a pot on the stove (water must be hot, not cold water).
  • Substitute apples for canned mandarin oranges, chopped fresh pineapple or chopped pecans.

How To Store Leftovers

  • Refrigerate – Leftover jello salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3-4 days. This recipe must be kept chilled until you’re ready to serve.
A spoon scooping cranberry jello salad with pices of apple.

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Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad

Cranberry pineapple jello salad is a very easy recipe made with whole cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple and strawberry gelatin. This recipe is quick to put together but needs to be chilled in the fridge in advance.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop one small apple into bite-size pieces.
  • Add the 14 oz can of crushed pineapple, 14 oz can of whole cranberry sauce and 1 chopped apple to a bowl. Mix them together.
  • In a separate bowl add two packs (6 oz) of strawberry gelatin. Add 1 ¾ cups of boiling water to the gelatin powder. Whisk for two minutes to fully dissolve.
  • Pour the jello liquid overtop of the canned fruit mixture and stir together. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to chill and set.
  • Once fully chilled, stir with a spoon to break up the gelatin. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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