Cranberry Jello Salad

cranberry jello salad

5 from 7 reviews

This Cranberry Jello Salad combines simmered cranberries, crisp apples, pears and buttery sweet pecans in a festive cherry jello mold.


  • 1 bag (12 ounce) fresh cranberries (reserve a few for garnish)
  • 3 boxes (3 ounce) cherry jello
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 small crisp apples peeled cored and finely chopped (honey crisp are excellent in this)
  • 2 small pears peeled finely cored and chopped (just barely ripe so they are still crisp


  1. In large saucepan combine water and cranberries. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes; stirring occasionally. The cranberries will burst.
  2. Remove from the heat and add jello; stir until dissolved. Stir in ice cubes. Chill for 30-45 minutes to slightly thicken but not set. Stir several times so it cools but does not begin to set on the sides.
  3. Stir in pecans, apples and pears. Pour in mold or bundt pan. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Dip mold in hot water for 10-20 seconds. Carefully invert onto final serving platter. If mold does not release dip in hot water for another 10 seconds.
  5. Garnish with cranberries and fresh bay leaves. Do NOT use holly leaves.


This recipe can be made up to three days in advance and stored in the mold covered. You can unmold it right before serving.

Keywords: cranberry jello salad with apples, fresh cranberry jello salad, cranberry jello salad with fresh cranberries and apples

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