A time-honored Thanksgiving salad that's at our table every year. Sweet and slightly tart, it is a colorful addition to any feast.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
10 cups
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Boil the water and combine with the strawberry flavored gelatin mix in a medium bowl. Mix in the strawberries, cranberry sauce and pecans. Transfer to a 2 quart mold. Chill in the refrigerator 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

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  • Place the molded gelatin mixture on a serving plate and surround the base with lettuce leaves.

  • In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and lemon juice with an electric mixer until well blended. Use this mixture as a topping for each serving of salad.

Nutrition Facts

139 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 21.3g; fat 5.9g; cholesterol 9.7mg; sodium 59.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2009
Okay this salad tastes AMAZING but I had some serious issues with the appearance...first of all I chilled the mold for 6-8 hours as stated but when I turned the thing out onto a serving platter it was too liquid to keep the pretty shape from the mold. The only change I made was to use the jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole berry. The topping was very tasty but I found it to be lumpy...I would suggest beating the cream cheese with the sugar and lemon juice until fluffy and then folding in the sour cream I will do this next time I make this and I will also put the jello part in a bowl instead of a mold. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2004
I made this for a Christmas event but didn't care for the strawberries in it and the texture of the cranberry skins was unpleasant. I had made another red gelatin salad which was similar but much better: Water reduced to 1 3/4 cup raspberry gelatin instead of strawberry an 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice instead of frozen strawberries jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole same amount of chopped pecans and add 3/4 cup orange juice and 1 T. lemon juice. Read More
(80)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2004
I made this for a Christmas event but didn't care for the strawberries in it and the texture of the cranberry skins was unpleasant. I had made another red gelatin salad which was similar but much better: Water reduced to 1 3/4 cup raspberry gelatin instead of strawberry an 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice instead of frozen strawberries jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole same amount of chopped pecans and add 3/4 cup orange juice and 1 T. lemon juice. Read More
(80)
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2009
Okay this salad tastes AMAZING but I had some serious issues with the appearance...first of all I chilled the mold for 6-8 hours as stated but when I turned the thing out onto a serving platter it was too liquid to keep the pretty shape from the mold. The only change I made was to use the jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole berry. The topping was very tasty but I found it to be lumpy...I would suggest beating the cream cheese with the sugar and lemon juice until fluffy and then folding in the sour cream I will do this next time I make this and I will also put the jello part in a bowl instead of a mold. Read More
(61)
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2004
In my family there has been a jellied cranberry salad with walnuts and dates for years but this Thanksgiving I decided to try this and we all enjoyed it I liked the strawberries in it. I made half with and half without nuts (the children). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2008
Loved this recipe and will make every Thanksgiving forever. We did some whole berry and some jellied and it was excellent! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2006
This got rave reviews last year and I was just asked to bring it to Thanksgiving again however I did use jellied cranberry sauce raspberry jello and 8 oz crushed pineapple like a previous reviewer suggested. Thanks so much for the tip!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
I have one thing to say about this recipe DELICIOUS! It was a hit at our Thanksgiving table. I already have a request to bring to family Christmas party. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2003
This was very good even better the secnd day. However mine didn't set as well as I would have liked so would probably decrease the water a little bit the next time to see. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2008
Made for Thanksgiving everyone loved it and said it would replace the regular cranberries we usually have. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2009
I LOVE this recipe and so does my family. Sometimes I even add a can of pineapple tidbits to it. DELICIOUS!! Read More
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