Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad

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5 from 8 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
chill time: 4 hours
Total: 10 minutes

Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad is the perfect light and fruity dessert after a heavy meal. It will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down.

Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad

Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad use to be a staple on your grandmother’s table.   I am happy to report that these delightful gelatin salads are making a comeback as people look for lighter, less filling, desserts to round out their dinner parties.

This cranberry jello salad is a nod to that old classic but I am jazzing it up with a variety of different fruits to make it even more tempting and delicious.

Holiday help is always appreciated, here are some of my favorites.


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What We Love About This Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad Recipe

The jello salad has been around since the early 1900’s and it has gone in an out of popularity over the years, hitting it’s hey dey in the 1950’s. Find out all the details about the Pennsylvania native that created this dessert.

  • 10 Minute Prep: It is the perfect and easy make ahead dessert.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge. Only 7 ingredients and some hot water.
  • Family Friendly: Light and refreshing, it is popular after a holiday dinner.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-ca1 or use different fruits etc.
Close up on the fruit salad.

Ingredient Notes

  • Raspberry Jello: Use a low calorie version or vegan version if you like.
  • Frozen Berries: Frozen winter berry blend, cranberries, pomegranates, blackberries, raspberries. No need for cold water when you add this.
  • Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce: Any variety in a can or make your own.
  • Pear Halves: drain the juice and cut into chunks.
  • Mandarin Oranges: A can, drain well.
  • Bananas: 3 medium ripe bananas sliced.
  • Apples: 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped.
Berries to add to salad.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad

These are the basic steps for making cranberry salad with raspberry jello. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: DRAIN AND MIX

First, in a large bowl, place the jello and pour in the boiling water. Then stir in the frozen berries and the remaining ingredients. Next, stir welll to blend and breakup the cranberry sauce.

STEP 2: COVER AND REFRIGERATE

Then cover with plastic wrap or foil or place in an airtight container and refrigerate for three to four hours.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Holiday parties can be so hectic and can put a lot of demand on the one responsible for delivering a spectacular spread. This cranberry jello salad can be made several days in advance and kept in an airtight container to keep fresh. I don’t recommend any longer than that as the fruit can breakdown in the jello.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

While technically you can, I don’t recommend freezing your cranberry jello salad. It changes the consistency and does not thaw well. It will probably taste ok but it will not appear very pleasing.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

As desserts go, this one is already pretty healthy, however you can use a sugar free jello mix to make it lower in calories.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT FLAVOR OF JELLO?

Of course, use the flavor that you and your family like best. I like the festive red color of the raspberry gelatin for the holiday table..

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, you can double or triple the recipe if you are having a buffet or a large crowd for Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving dinner.

HOW LONG WILL THE SALAD LAST?

Truly it is only good for up to three days as the fruit enzymes will start to break down in the jell-o, especially the bananas.

Berries for Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad.

Expert Tips for Making This Cranberry Salad Recipes

  • Jello Mold: Find a unique bundt pan to make a creative cranberry jello mold or use one of the new silicone molds. Make sure to spray your mold with cooking spray for easy release.
  • Display: Try serving in a beautiful glass bowl, casserole dish or trifle dish.
  • Platter: Present your cranberry gelatin salad on a serving platter and decorate with fresh cranberries or other festive decorations to make a beautiful display.
  • Add Different Fruit: Crushed pineapple, fresh pineapple, oranges or orange zest can also be added to the jello mixture.
  • Creamy: Feel free to add a cream cheese or sour cream layer to your easy cranberry salad.
  • Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or slivered almonds add a satisfy crunch and more texture to the cranberry salad with raspberry jello.

What to Serve with Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad

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Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad
5 from 8 votes

Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad

Yield: 8 people
Prep: 10 minutes
chill time: 4 hours
Total: 10 minutes
Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad is the perfect light and fruity dessert after a heavy meal. It will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down.
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Ingredients

  • 6 ounces raspberry Jello, 2 packages
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 10 ounces frozen winter berry blend, cranberries, pomegranates, blackberries, raspberries, 1 package
  • 14 ounces whole berry cranberry sauce, 1 can
  • 15 ounces pear halves, , drained and cut into chunks
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve Jello in boiling water.
  • Stir in the frozen berries.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Stir well, making sure to break up the canned cranberry sauce.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.

Expert Tips

 
  • Jello Mold: Find a unique bundt pan to make a creative mold or use one of the new silicone molds. Make sure to spray your mold with cooking spray for easy release.
  • Display: Try serving in a beautiful glass bowl, casserole dish or trifle dish.
  • Platter: Present your cranberry gelatin salad on a serving platter and decorate with fresh cranberries or other festive decorations to make a beautiful display.
  • Add Different Fruit: Crushed pineapple, fresh pineapple, oranges or orange zest can also be added to the jello mixture.
  • Creamy: Feel free to add a cream cheese or sour cream layer to your easy cranberry salad.
  • Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or slivered almonds add a satisfy crunch and more texture to the salad.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, gelatin, jello, Thanksgiving

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