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Grandma Freel's Cranberry Salad

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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10 h 30 m servings 203
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 9x13-inch dish)


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  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; 5 40.4 1.8 0 58 Full nutrition

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We liked it, but it was way too sweet. I will use half the sugar next time

I've been making this for years and, although many don't care for it since its more of an acquired taste, those who do like it are crazy about it! This was totally my favorite dish at thanksgivi...