Grandma Freel's Cranberry Salad


This is a recipe my grandma made for a local JELL-O® contest. She won first place! It is a delicious salad like nothing I have ever seen. I grew up eating this cranberry salad every year at Thanksgiving. It reminds me of my grandma, who I loved so much!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 30 mins
1 9x13-inch dish


  • 1 pound fresh cranberries

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 2 (3 ounce) packages cherry-flavored gelatin (such as JELL-O®)

  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery

  • 1 ½ cups chopped, peeled apple

  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Stir cranberries, sugar, and water together in a saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until most of the berries have popped open, about 20 minutes.

  2. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir gelatin into the cranberries mixture until dissolved completely; add celery, apple, and pecans and stir. Pour into a glass 13x9-inch dish.

  3. Refrigerate until set in the center, 10 to 12 hours.

Cook's Notes:

Put salad in a glass casserole dish. It will not set up correctly in a metal pan.

I use gala apples, but any apple will do.

Do not use off-brand gelatin mix; otherwise your dish won't turn out right.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
5g Fat
40g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 95mg 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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