Festive Cranberry Jell-O Salad

A classic holiday dish and a potluck favorite. This pretty salad is so, so good and couldn't be easier to make! Delicious as a side dish or as a dessert.
Give this a try and you'll be back for more.
Photo by Diane V.
Give this a try and you'll be back for more.
Give this a try and you'll be back for more.

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

345

minutes

SERVINGS

18

servings

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

345

minutes

SERVINGS

18

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

  • 2

    small (3-ounce) packages cherry or raspberry Jell-O gelatin (SF works too)

  • 1

    (14 to 16-ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

  • 1

    large pear (or apple), peeled and diced small (I used an anjou pear)

  • 1/2

    cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)

  • 1 1/2 to 2

    cups Cool Whip for topping

Directions

Drain pineapple well (squeeze or press out all the juice), reserving the juice in a 4-cup glass measuring cup or bowl. Add enough water to the juice to measure 3 cups. Microwave the juice until it comes to a boil. Add dry gelatin mixes to a medium mixing bowl; whisk in the boiling juice mixture until completely dissolved, 2 minutes. Add the cranberry sauce and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until thick but not congealed. Stir in drained pineapple, pears, and nuts, if using. Pour into an 11x7-inch glass dish (or similar). Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until firmly congealed. Spread Cool Whip over the top right before serving time, or cut into individual squares and top each with a small dollop.

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