Grandma's Cranberry Salad

Leah Stacey Recipe

By Leah Stacey CookingMaven

No-Cook or Other

I grew up with my grandmother and mom making this every year for the holidays. This is not your standard cranberry out of the can mush.You make it the night before and let it chill overnight. This is one less dish you have to make the next day. I have carried on the tradition and serve this for my family and friends. It is super yummy!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I always love the punch of color that cranberries add to a meal, and this delicious cranberry salad recipe really does the berry justice. Not only did we love the perfect balance of sweet and tart, but the chopped pecans added a wonderful crunch that we'd never had before in a cranberry salad.


1 small
package of cherry jello (3oz box)
1 c
hot water
1 c
1 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 c
drained crushed pineapple (8oz can) (juice reserved)
1 c
pineapple juice (use the reserved juice and add water to make 1 cup)
1 c
ground cranberries
orange (ground)
1/2 c
pecans, chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

boil the cup of water. Dissolve the jello in the hot water in an 8in square pan mix well. Add the sugar, lemon juice and pineapple juice. Stir to dissolve well.

Note: You can substitute the 8x8 dish and use a 9x13 dish, it seems to gel up a bit better that way.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Chill overnight.
Grandma's Notes:Chop up the pecans first before getting blender wet. Or you could just buy pre chopped pecans and save a step. Use the blender or food processor to chop up cranberries, then orange, seeded and partially peeled. The chopped peel gives it that special zing!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Collection: Thanksgiving Table
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Diane Sweat sunrose130
Oct 23, 2013
I have a similar recipe that I use. I use a large pkg. of cranberry jello if I can find it. Some years you can, some years you can't. When I can't I use cherry. Also, I have used the sugar free (no one noticed!!) I chop up a whole pkg of cranberries, peel, de-seed & chop 2 naval oranges & 2 apples. The tastier the apples the better. Chop up 2 Cups of walnuts or mix walnuts & pecans. Make jello according to directions and mix it into the fruit & nuts. I usually use a large mixing bowl & just serve it from that. Pop it in the fridge till set & ready to use.
Cathy Zimmerman cath917
Sep 30, 2013
I make something very similar, also put in a ground up apple.
Kathleen Hagood Nature_Mommie
Dec 17, 2012
I wouldn't say that it's better, but I liked the cranberry flavor since we had no other cranberry sauce of any kind. I just though it was a good variation. It's hard to mess with perfection. :)
Leah Stacey CookingMaven
Dec 15, 2012
Thanks Barbara I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you too!
barbara lewis barbara03
Dec 15, 2012
I have a favorite cranberry salad recipe, but would like to try this one. It looks and sounds great. Merry Christmas!!