Grandma's Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Salad

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."


8 h 20 m servings 231 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 231 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.2g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 82 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 41 Ratings


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!

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!


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 th...

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.

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 wou...

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 s...

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!

This was really good. Served it at a dinner party and they all wanted the recipe. I didn't make the topping - used it as more of a "salad", rather than a dessert.