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Cranberry Jello Salad with Pineapple

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This cranberry Jello salad would make a perfect fruity addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. It takes only three ingredients and is a perfect make ahead dish. Serve it plain or top with with whipped cream for an extra special treat.

Bowl of cranberry pineapple jello salad topped with whipped cream ready to eat.

This Jello salad is perfect for the holiday season. It is full of flavor, easy to make, tastes amazing and adds a vibrant red pop of color to your plate.

It seems I am all in on cranberries this year. After making a fun cranberry fluff recipe, you would think I would be done with berry sides for the year.

Ingredients ready to be made into cranberry jello salad.

But my husband prefers canned cranberries to fresh. Plus I saw one of those posts about what people search for heading into the holidays and it turns out huge chunks of the midwest search for Jello recipes heading into Thanksgiving.

So I thought I would please him and the searching masses and make a fun cranberry gelatin salad. It is based off his Aunt’s recipe for cherry pineapple Jello salad so it was really easy to put together.

How should I serve the Jello salad?

I made the Jello salad in an 8 inch square baking dish. It almost filled the pan, so definitely don’t try anything smaller.

You could easily make this in a fancy bowl or cute serving dish that will look good on your holiday table. Or go ahead and make it in a 9×13-inch pan for a thinner layer of Jello.

pan of cranberry jello salad with crushed pineapple, ready to go in the refrigerator to chill and set up.

If you would like to use a mold or ensure you get a defined slice of jello, reduce the water in the recipe by a half cup. As written it mostly holds its shape, but isn’t super firm.

The recipe is fabulous on its own, but a little bit of whipped cream takes it to the next level. We just made some fresh slightly sweetened whipped cream this time.

Serving of pineapple cranberry jello salad in front of remaining pan of gelatin.

You could also make a more fluffy pudding style topping like we did or the orange cream Jello salad. Or use cream cheese whipped cream for a little added tang and stability.

More fun Jello based recipes

Treats really don’t get much easier than a no bake 3 ingredient Jello pie. It only takes a few minutes to put together and it is airy, creamy and refreshing.

Red white and blue stained glass Jello is perfect for patriotic summer holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However you can mix and match the colors to make it perfect for any holiday or event.

Small bowl of cranberry jello salad with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top.

Or make an orange pretzel salad with a salty pretzel crust topped with a creamy filling and oranges and jello in the topping. It is a fun and refreshing treat.

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Yield: 12 Servings

Cranberry Jello Salad with Pineapple

Bowl of cranberry pineapple jello salad topped with whipped cream ready to eat.

This cranberry Jello salad would make a perfect fruity addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. It takes only three ingredients and is a perfect make ahead dish. Serve it plain or top with with whipped cream for an extra special treat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. raspberry Jello (or cranberry)
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple in juice
  • 14 oz. can whole cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. Stir Jello powder into boiling water until it is completely dissolved.
  2. Add can of pineapple (not drained) and cranberry sauce, stirring until combined.
  3. Pour into an 8 inch square or 9x13-inch pan and chill until set.
  4. Serve cold topped with whipped cream if desired.

Notes

Reduce water to 2 cups for a firmer set Jello.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This cranberry Jello salad would make a perfect fruity addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. It takes only three ingredients and is a perfect make ahead dish. Serve it plain or top with with whipped cream for an extra special treat.

Thanks for sharing!

Andrea Nine

Thursday 16th of December 2021

I think that pineapple complements cranberries so well! This is such a refreshing dish. I am making a cranberry Christmas punch that has pineapple juice in it and I’m so excited!

Carlee

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Yum! I hope you share the punch recipe.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Monday 13th of December 2021

My kids would absolutely love this and gobble it all up!

Carlee

Monday 13th of December 2021

It's a fun one for sure, thanks Amy!

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