Holiday Best Cranberry Jello Salad

READY IN: 4hrs 20mins
Recipe by Southern Lady

This salad is so tasty & bursting with flavor that accents your turkey and dressing...ham, too. We double the recipe to feed our large family (and then you need leftovers, right??) This recipe has been around for 40-50 years and we serve at each holiday. Make it your tradition, too!

Top Review by Kathy in Sequim

Wonderful, except ... I found that 16 ounces of raw cranberries (once chopped and added with the celery, etc) was too much. I doubled the recipe and it made a gorgeous jello salad in a 9 x 13 glass pan. Next time, I will use fewer cranberries. The bags of fresh cranberries are now 12 ounces -- so maybe I'll use 12 ounces per recipe instead. The flavor and crunchiness is just great. I used sugar-free jello (strawberry) since there's already so much sugar in the recipe. This was enjoyed by everyone at last night's Thanksgiving meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add hot water to a med-large tempered bowl along with the orange juice and jello flavoring packets and disssolve thoroughly.
  3. Chill until syrupy (30-40 mins)in a 9 x 9 or 9 X 13 dish (the only slight difference will be the depth of salad).
  4. Chop celery finely in Food Processor, remove to a small dish and set aside.
  5. Peel rind close to the zest.
  6. Grind rind and cranberries in food processor until chopped ever so thinly (I remember when we chopped all by hand!).
  7. Add sugar and mix with cranberry mixture. I stir right into food processor for one less dish.
  8. When jello is syrupy, add cranberry mixture, nuts and finely chopped celery, mixing well in your dish.
  9. Or you can transfer into a mold.
  10. Refrigerate until firm (several hours).

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