Sweet and Tart Cranberry Jello Salad Recipe

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The cranberry jello salad merges cranberry sauce with raspberry gelatin and orange or pineapple zest to become the perfect fun, delicious and festive dessert for the holiday season. It is one of the easiest desserts to make. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

How to make Cranberry Jello Salad?

The cranberry jello salad usually has three fruit flavors – cranberry, pineapple, and raspberry. While you use raspberry jelly as the base, cranberries are used to make the sauce, and fresh pineapple pieces are added to it, to give birth to a sweet, tangy and tart-sweet dish. You can make it a day or two in advance and store it in the refrigerator. This will then give you ample time to divert your attention towards making the other important festive dishes such as roast turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli casserole, to name a few.

cranberry jello salad with whipped cream and berries on a yellow dish on a counter

Sweet and Tart Cranberry Jello Salad

Enjoy this classic Thanksgiving dessert with your friends and family this holiday season!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry jello salad
Appliance: Refrigerator
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 6 ounces raspberry jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 envelopes plain gelatin
  • 28 ounces crushed or sliced pineapples
  • 28 ounces whole cranberry sauce


  • To make cranberry jello salad, heat the water in a microwave or over a gas stove till it starts to boil. 
  • In the boiling water, mix the jello well and allow it to dissolve.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl of cold water, empty two envelopes of plain gelatin and whisk it properly.
  • Thereafter, mix the plain gelatin to the raspberry jello and keep whisking the mixture. 
  • Once that is done, add cranberry sauce (which can be the canned version or freshly prepared) and the sliced/crushed pineapples and mix well. Use a whisk to ensure the cranberry sauce is properly broken up. (Refer to our cranberry sauce recipe, should you wish to make it fresh.) Continue to whisk till it becomes a smooth mixture. 
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish and chill/refrigerate it for 4 hours or more. Once done, serve it with whipped cream, and in some cases pecan or dry fruits. Enjoy!
    cranberry jello on a white dish

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it to educate more and more people about the same. She is an avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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