Cranberry Jello Salad

Cranberry Jello Salad is one of the best side dishes to pair with roasted turkey or ham. Think cranberry sauce, but even better! This recipe is perfect for your holiday table no matter if it is Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving, or any other special holiday you celebrate.

overhead view of cranberry Jello salad in two bowls.

Why this Cranberry Jello Salad is so Delicious

If you love to eat cranberry sauce, then you are going to LOVE this cranberry jello salad with celery. Adding jello and celery to the cranberry side dish brings it to the next level of flavor! This recipe has wonderful bright flavors, and it has a touch of the tartness of cranberries, so I think this recipe is more family-friendly than a can of cranberry sauce.

The other amazing thing about this recipe is you can make the cranberry jello salad how it’s written or you can add extra flavors or ingredients, which only make it better! It’s also easily changed into a dessert with just a few steps.

Not only is it a delicious condiment, but it can also be eaten on its own. It’s simply amazing. You must try it! This jello salad is a great change from whole berry cranberry sauce, it’s perfect for your next holiday dinner.

Cranberry Jello Salad vs. Cranberry Sauce

So what’s the difference between Cranberry Jello Salad and Cranberry sauce? It’s simple. Cranberry sauce is made with only cranberries, water, and sugar. Cranberry sauce is a traditional holiday complement to your turkey. But this salad, on the other hand, takes cranberry sauce to the next level.

This cranberry jello salad adds a few other sweeteners to make it extremely flavorful. Once you make this Cranberry Orange Salad for turkey or ham, you will never go back. One bite and you will wish to make fresh cranberry salad every year when you make a turkey.

What is in Jello Cranberry Relish?

This is not your average cranberry sauce. It is the perfect cranberry Jello salad recipe for Thanksgiving. Make sure you take a look at the ingredients fresh cranberry jello salad to make sure you are prepared.

Cranberry Jello Salad Ingredients

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Orange (seedless recommended)
  • Celery
  • Lemon Jello gelatin mix
  • Sugar
  • Cold water
cranberry Jello salad ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Cranberry Jello Salad

This is an easy recipe packed full of fruit flavors. It is an easy side dish to make.

  1. Combine the hot water and gelatin in a mixing bowl and refrigerate until syrupy. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t set up completely.
  2. Put the cranberries and orange through a food chopper or food processor. Then add the celery and sugar, and chop. Make sure the cranberries, orange, and celery are chopped up very well.
  3. Stir the cranberry mixture into the gelatin and refrigerate until set.
chopped fresh cranberries and an orange in a food processor bowl.
  1. Stir the cranberry mixture into the gelatin and refrigerate until set.
cranberry Jello salad in two bowls and two spoons.

Make This Cranberry Jello Salad Your Own

This is one of those jello salad recipes that are wonderful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own! This recipe is so good it will even turn someone who is a fan of cranberry sauce into a lover of this cranberry dish.

Try adding some finely chopped walnuts or chopped pecans for added crunch, or chopped sweet apples or canned pineapple for extra flavor. Avoid using fresh or frozen pineapple, as these contain enzymes that may prevent the jello from setting up.

If you want to turn this salad into a dessert, you can even add some whipped cream topping and bam! You have a tasty and easy dessert.

Can You Make Jello Cranberry Relish Ahead of Time?

Yes, you definitely Yes, you definitely can make this Jello cranberry recipe ahead of time, leaving more time to prepare other recipes or visit with guests on Thanksgiving Day.

How long does cranberry salad last in the refrigerator?

When you store this cranberry salad in an airtight container it will keep for about 4 to 5 days. Just give it a good stir

When you store this cranberry salad in an airtight container it will keep for about 4 to 5 days. You could make this recipe a day ahead and serve it the next day. Just give it a good stir and serve it chilled.

Beyond that, it probably won’t be as appealing.

Can you freeze Cranberry Jello Salad?

This Thanksgiving recipe can be frozen.

Freeze in either an airtight container or in a zip-top bag for up to 3 months.

When you want to eat the salad, let it defrost to room temperature. Then put it in the fridge to set up.

I hope you give this easy cranberry salad a try. It is a great addition Jello cranberry salad is the perfect Christmas side dish or a side dish for any other special meal.

a bowl of cranberry Jello salad.

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overhead view of cranberry Jello salad in two bowls.

Cranberry Jello Salad

Cranberry Jello Salad is the perfect complement to a turkey dinner. Lemon Jell-O, an orange, and celery add a lot of flavors to this fresh cranberry salad.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberries, Cranberry Jello Salad, Cranberry Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 270kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces lemon Jello gelatin
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange peeled, quartered, and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar

Instructions

  • Combine the gelatin and hot water in a large bowl and refrigerate until syrupy. It should become syrupy in about 90 minutes. Keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t set up completely.
  • Put the cranberries and orange through a food chopper or food processor. Add the celery and sugar, and chop. Make sure the cranberries, orange, and celery are chopped up very well.
  • Stir the cranberry mixture into the gelatin and refrigerate until set.

Notes

• If you don’t have a food chopper or grinder, you can use a food processor to cut everything up.
• Want to mix it up? You can add apples, canned pineapple, or walnuts to your cranberry salad. Don’t use fresh or frozen pineapple, as the gelatin may not solidify.
• Make your cranberry salad a dessert by topping it with whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Tony

    5 stars
    THE WORD JELLO, WITHIN YOUR RECIPE NEEDS TO BE ALL CAPITALS. Word indicates that by underlining & will not accept ‘Jello’ or ‘jello’, only JELLO.

    Otherwise the recipe is almost a duplicate of my Mother-in-laws.

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