Grandma's Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Salad


My grandmother made this cranberry orange Jell-O salad every Thanksgiving. It is delicious even without its creamy topping. This side dish is so yummy that 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. You could also serve the topping in a bowl on the side, so it's optional.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 (6 ounce) package raspberry flavored Jell-O® mix

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • 1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup whipped topping


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

  2. Chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.

  3. To make topping, beat cream cheese with 1/2 of the whipped topping. Fold in remaining whipped topping until well blended.

  4. Unmold gelatin, then spread with topping mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
11g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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