Aunt Brennie's Holiday Cranberry Salad

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Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is my favorite item on the thanksgiving table. It is tangy, sweet, crunchy and all around yummy. I find myself often searching for this recipe, so have put it here for safe keeping. This is best if you make it the day before which is great to get one thing out of the way before the big cooking day.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 ounces red Jell-O (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry)
  • 1 small orange, un peeled (preferably organic)
  • 2 cups apples, approx. 2 medium (diced)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (pecans also ok)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple in juice (refrigerated)
  • 1 12 cups water, cold
  • 4 cups raw cranberries (about 1 bag if you find a fresh one)
  • 12 cup sugar (I only add 1/3 a cup)


  1. Dissolve Jello in boiling water.
  2. Add pinapple and the cold water.
  3. Chill until thickened (optional, but recommended).
  4. Cut orange into wedges and remove seeds. The orange peel adds a nice tang, but if you want to cut back on the tang, then you can peel some of the orange, but the peel makes it good.
  5. Put orange and cranberries through food processor and pulse as you would cole slaw -- don't puree. May take several batches. I do about a cup of cranberries and a wedge of orange per batch in my VitaMix blender. Pour results into a large bowl.
  6. Mix in diced apples and sugar and chopped nuts.
  7. Fold in thickened jello.
  8. Pour into a mold or just a bowl and chill for a few hours. (I've never used a mold and tried to turn it out myself, I just pour directly into a nice looking serving bowl.
  9. This is best if you make it the day before.
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Best holiday side ever!

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love it!