My grandmother made this salad every Thanksgiving. It is delicious even without its creamy topping. This side dish is so yummy, I sometimes make it even when it's not Thanksgiving! Depending on your salad's shape, you can spread the topping in a layer over the Jell-O; or if you use a ring mold, put the topping in the center. Alternately, you could serve the topping in a bowl on the side, so it's optional.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the gelatin into a bowl, pour in the boiling water, and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Mix in the cranberry sauce, pineapple, celery, pecans, and orange zest until evenly blended. Pour the gelatin mixture into a mold or serving dish.

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  • Chill in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 8 hours.

  • To make the topping, beat the cream cheese with half of the whipped topping. Fold in the remaining whipped topping until well blended. Unmold the gelatin, and spread with the topping mixture.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; 2.9 g protein; 32.2 g carbohydrates; 10.4 mg cholesterol; 81.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2007
I topping it with this creamy sweet tangy dressing. Mix together: 8-oz softened cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teas vanilla extract. It was wonderful! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2010
Although I'm not a fan of most jello salads this one was good. Used orange jello. It turned out a bit watery. Should have only added 1 1/2 cup water instead of 2. Maybe a different nut a salted one or pretzels would work also. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2007
I topping it with this creamy sweet tangy dressing. Mix together: 8-oz softened cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teas vanilla extract. It was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2007
I topping it with this creamy sweet tangy dressing. Mix together: 8-oz softened cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teas vanilla extract. It was wonderful! Read More
(68)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
I've never gotten so many compliments on a cranberry salad before! I followed the recipe as written but added a bit more celery (for texture) plus a handful of dried cranberries. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
THIS IS AWESOME!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2010
I have been making a very simular salad for years but lost mine. I read all the reviews and for the ones that didn't put the celery in really lost out and again for the ones that didn't put the topping on top again really cheated your guest. It is a salad not a dessert. Thanks for Grandma's Cranberry Orange Gelatin Salad I'll be making it for Thanksgiving Dinner again this year 2010. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2010
I'm a beginner cook (at 50 it's never too late to start) anyhoo... easy recipe and the taste was awesome! Definately on my to make again list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2009
I made this for a funeral luncheon at our church. This was my first attempt at a Jello mold (which I actually made in a bundt pan) so it didn't look so great but I think with practice it would look delightful. I omitted the celery. I don't know if I didn't soften the cream cheese long enough but my whipped topping did not "spread" easilly on top of the mold so it looked pretty gross. I think next time I would serve the topping on the side. It does smell and taste delicious though! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2010
Although I'm not a fan of most jello salads this one was good. Used orange jello. It turned out a bit watery. Should have only added 1 1/2 cup water instead of 2. Maybe a different nut a salted one or pretzels would work also. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2009
This was better than I thought it was going to be. Mmmmm! I will definitely be making this every year.:D....ok I reviewed this last year when I didn't have any guests over and just wanted to update. I made it again this year and I'm the ONLY one who ate any of it. Maybe I'll cut the recipe in half next time and eat it all myself. Not for people with texture issues or (duh) don't like cranberries. I still think it's yummy though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
This was really good. Served it at a dinner party and they all wanted the recipe. I didn't make the topping - used it as more of a "salad" rather than a dessert. Read More
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