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Easy Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Whether for Thanksgiving or Christmas this delicious and easy-to-make Cranberry Gelatin Salad is a must on any holiday table. Comes together in minutes and so very simple, it also so convenient as it can be made a day or two ahead of time. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword congealed cranberry salad, cranberry fruit salad, cranberry salad with jello, cranberry salad with pecans, cranberry salad with whipped cream, easy cranberry salad recipe, gelatin cranberry salad, quick cranberry salad with gelatin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 8 hours
Servings 10
Author Manila Spoon


  • 1 (6 oz) pack cherry flavored gelatin mix,
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 3/4 cups homemade cranberry sauce or 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • cup pecans, chopped
  • heavy cream, freshly whipped (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the gelatin mix in water. Stir in the crushed pineapple and cranberry sauce (homemade or canned). Allow to set and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  2. Take out of the refrigerator. Stir in grapes and pecans. Pour into a 2-qt. serving bowl or a 9x13 baking dish. Refrigerate overnight or until firm. Can be made a day or 2 ahead.

  3. Serve with some freshly whipped cream on the side. The latter is optional but oh so delicious with it, especially if you wish to consider this salad as a dessert rather than a side.

Recipe Notes

You may also use other flavors such as strawberry or cranberry gelatin mix.

A link to my homemade cranberry sauce which I think is so perfect for this recipe may be found here - https://www.manilaspoon.com/2015/11/spiced-cranberry-sauce.html