Cranberry Salad III

Cranberry Salad III

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Ms. Susan Nikolaus
Recipe by  Ms. Susan Nikolaus

“A nice change from the traditional cranberry sauce. Originally submitted to ”

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Original recipe yields 8 - 10 servings



  1. Drain crushed pineapple and save 1/4 cup of the juice. Dissolve gelatin in 2 cups of hot water. Stir in cranberries and crushed pineapple. Pour 1/2 of the mixture in a bowl and leave at room temperature, set the other 1/2 in the refrigerator until firm.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, reserved pineapple juice and chopped pecans. Spread mixture over chilled gelatin. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Pour the room temperature gelatin over the top of the cream cheese layer and refrigerate until set.

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I made this recipe for this past Thanksgiving, but I forgot to review it. I doubled the recipe but instead of using two packages of cherry jello, I used one cherry and one cranberry. Otherwise, I made it exactly according to the recipe. It was the hit of the Thanksgiving dinner. I didn't even think I liked whole cranberry sauce, but I've changed my mind after this recipe. My family has had gelatin salads at every holiday meal my entire life, and we all think this is the best one. My daughter asked me to make it for every holiday meal from now on. Since she loved it so much I'm going to make it for her birthday this week. I'll try making it lighter, using low-fat, sugar-free ingredients where possible. I'll let you know how it turns out. UPDATE: We loved it just as much this time around. In fact, my daughter has nicknamed it "edible paradise" and says she is addicted. Again I used one package of cherry gelatin and one package of cranberry gelatin. I also used fat-free cream cheese and sugar-free gelatin, and we couldn't really tell any difference in the taste.



Lot's of potential. I also found it way too sweet but it was good enough to make some notes to try again some time. This time I had a bag of cranberries leftover so I made whole cranberry sauce to add to the gelatin instead of the canned. I ended up adding a bit more of the juice to the cream cheese to make it a bit more spreadable and flavorful (total of about 1/2 c). I also used walnuts instead of peacans. Next time I will try one box of gelatin and half the crushed pineapple. One note.... it took a lot longer than 10 minutes for the first layer to firm up. Maybe that was because I used home made cranberry sauce, not sure, but it eventually firmed just fine. Thanks!



I have made this the past two years for Christmas and Thanksgiving. No changes need to be made to the existing recipe. It's wonderful!!

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Amount Per Serving (9 total)

  • Calories
  • 358 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 18.7 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs
  • 46.8 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 179 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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