close up of cranberries


Memories of going to Grandma’s house during the holidays wouldn’t be complete without thinking about her cranberry salad. Unfortunately, I was not smart enough to ask her for the recipe before she passed many years ago and Cranberry Salad is one of those dishes that you don’t really think much about but you miss it when its not included on the holiday table.

Imagine how happy I was to see our friends Patrick and Patty share their recipe for Cranberry Salad!

How to make Cranberry Salad by Youtube Channel: Travels With Delaney

Let me tell you, I tried it and it was just as delicious as I remember. I think our grandmothers must have known each other…..Make a batch this holiday season and enjoy!

Cranberry Salad

Total Time 2 d
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb cranberries
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 c diced celery
  • 1 c diced apple
  • 1 box lemon jello
  • 1 can crushed pineapple (juice drained)


  • Grind cranberries and orange in a food processor until finely ground
  • Add sugar. Stir together, cover and let set overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Drain excess juice from cranberry mixture
  • Make lemon jello per instructions on the box and let chill for 30 minutes
  • Add celery, apple and pineapple to cranberries. Make sure to drain the crushed pineapple prior to mixing into berries.
  • Mix all ingredients together and stir in lemon jello (yes, it will still be a liquid).
  • Place in a serving bowl or dish and refrigerate until it sets up (overnight preferable).

Other variations

Looking for something a bit different? Check out other versions of cranberry salad recipes:

Creamy Cranberry Salad – This creamy take on cranberry salad rates 4.5 out of 5 stars on the site and is listed as a contest winner!

Classic Cranberry Salad – “This cranberry salad has sliced celery and chopped toasted pecans (walnuts work, too), which give it a surprising crunch that most cranberry salads lack. This version of cranberry salad is both sweet and tart for balanced flavor…” – Southern Living

Layered Cranberry Salad with Cream Cheese Topping – Now we’re getting fancy! This version deserves a bump up from just a side dish to a dessert!

Did you know…

Cranberries tend to be a staple at many tables during the holiday season.

400 million pounds of cranberries are consumed by Americans each year. Twenty percent of that is during the week of Thanksgiving. That’s 80 million pounds! 5, 062,500 gallons of jellied cranberry sauce are consumed by Americans every holiday season.

Taken from Cranberry Sauce StatsOcean Spray

Whether you have cranberry salad, jellied cranberries, cranberry sauce…there are actually a lot of ways to integrate cranberries into your menu! And if you’re wondering whether cranberry sauce is actually a sauce, read this: Canned cranberry sauce, explained


  1. Thanks for reminding me of this! It’s a great and delicious recipe, not only for the holidays either! xoxo

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