Gluten Free Living – 2014
Jello Cranberry Salad is delightful. This lovely fruit salad is especially nice for the holidays. It’s crunchy and refreshing and the wonderful fruity taste is always a hit with everyone. For those of you who enjoy congealed salads this one is superb. We really enjoy this for Thanksgiving or Christmas when we serve turkey or ham. Instead of making cranberry sauce, we made this luscious salad. I even served it on my rolls instead of jelly and it was incredibly good! For those of you who are gluten intolerant, this recipe is gluten free but not vegan.
This Jello salad is made with a red or lemon Jello. I used strawberry. Then you can use either whole berry cranberry sauce (which is what my sister uses), or fresh cranberries and sugar (which is what my choice would be), crushed pineapple, and finely diced apples and celery. This congealed salad only takes about 15-20 minutes to make and that’s because you have to finely dice up the celery and apples. It’s really simple and doesn’t take a lot of effort even though it looks so elegant. This salad is best made the day beforehand, which ends up being pretty handy because it allows you to spend your time on other recipes instead.
My sister has served this every year for Thanksgiving dinner for decades. She got the recipe from her mother-in-law shortly after she got married. Congealed salads were really popular in the 50s and 60s when packaged foods were just starting to come to market. Phillis collected a lot of wonderful recipes from her mother-in-law in the early days of her marriage, so she could make my brother-in-law, John’s, favorite recipes frequently. The original recipe calls for using fresh cranberries and sugar rather than the more convenient whole berry cranberry sauce which my sister uses.
Anyway, we had this three years ago and I begged my sister for the recipe but she never did end up getting it to me. I didn’t realize until we were at her home for Thanksgiving this year, that she had “lost” the recipe. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the recipe card fell out of one of her other cookbooks and she was able to make it again. Needless, to say, I wrote the recipe down and also typed it into my computer immediately so it would never be “lost” again!
If you’re looking for a scrumptious, festive and elegant salad to serve for the holidays, then I can highly recommend this Jello Cranberry Salad. Everyone loves it and you will love having a salad that can be made ahead leaving plenty of time available for other matters.
Jello Cranberry Salad is sweet enough to serve as a dessert!
This lovely congealed salad includes cranberries, pineapple, apples and celery for lots of delicious crunch.
Every bite of Jello Cranberry Salad is wonderful.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients minus the sugar. Since we weren’t using fresh cranberries we didn’t need the sugar.
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved.
Dissolve whole berry cranberry sauce in hot gelatin mixture. Continue stirring until the gelatin is completely broken up.
Add a dash of salt, finely diced apple and celery, and well-drained crushed pineapple.
Stir ingredients to combine. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Here the salad has congealed and become firm. It’s ready to serve.
Jello Cranberry Salad is a great salad to serve for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
Here’s the recipe.
JELLO CRANBERRY SALAD
(Recipe adapted from my sister, Phillis Gleason, Colorado Springs, CO; source: Mary Gleason, Neosho, MO)
- 1 box [url href=”http://www.jello.com/” target=”_blank” title=”jello”]Jello[/url] (red or yellow) (we used strawberry)
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
- 1 cup [url href=”http://www.dole.com/Products/Canned-Fruit/Crushed-Pineapple-in-Heavy-Syrup” target=”_blank” title=”crushed pineapple”]Dole[/url] crushed pineapple, well drained
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup finely diced, apples, unpeeled
- ½ cup finely diced celery
- 16-oz. can [url href=”http://www.oceanspray.com/Products/Sauce/Whole-Berried-Cranberry-Sauce.aspx” target=”_blank” title=”whole berry cranberry sauce”]Ocean Spray[/url] whole berry cranberry sauce
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add Jello and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in whole berry cranberry sauce until dissolved.
- Add pineapple, salt, apples and celery and stir to combine.
- Pour into serving bowl and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
If you enjoy congealed salads, you’ll love this recipe.
Serve Jello Cranberry Salad for your next holiday meal. Everyone will love it.
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