Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

November 27, 2010

Cranberry Salad

Filed under: fruit, holiday — Emily @ 2:01 pm

My mom grew up always having cranberry jello salad at her Thanksgiving table. When I hosted my first Thanksgiving I wanted to include everyone’s traditional dishes—even if it’s not something I would normally choose to make. It ended up being a hit! Over the last few years I’ve tried a few different variations of the same type of dish, but this recipe is definitely the best. It is also the easiest of any of the recipes I’ve tried, which I think we can all agree is ideal for Thanksgiving. I don’t think I’ll even try any more. I wanted to get this recorded in my blog so we will always have the recipe.

Cranberry Salad


2 (16 oz each) cans whole cranberry sauce

2 cups water

1 (6 oz) package of raspberry jello

1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple

1 cup chopped pecans


1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

1 package miniature marshmallows

1 pint whipping cream

In a saucepan, combine cranberry sauce and water, boiling until sauce is dissolved. Add gelatin, pineapple and nuts. Chill in 9×13 inch pan for 15 hours.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, marshmallows and whipping cream. Chill for 15 hours. When ready to serve, whip the topping mixture and spread on top of salad.

16 servings

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