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Cranberry Jell-O Salad served on a gray plate with a baking dish in the background
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Cranberry Jello Salad

Cranberry Jello Salad is a sweet-tart, dessert salad loaded with crushed pineapple, chopped pecans, cranberries and a tangy cream cheese topping!  It's perfect to serve for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, or any night of the year!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Amy Nash


Cranberry Jello

  • 2 3 oz. pkgs. cherry Jell-O (or raspberry or cranberry, if you can find it)
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple (do not drain the juice)
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce a little less than 2 cups homemade cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup chopped pecans divided
  • ¾ cup cranberry or apple juice


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream


Cranberry Jello

  • Add both packets of Jell-O to the boiling water in a large bowl, stirring until completely dissolved.
  • Stir in the crushed pineapple (juice and all) and whole cranberry sauce, using the back of the stirring spoon to break up any chunks of cranberry sauce a bit against the side of the bowl.  
  • Add in ¾ cup of the chopped pecans and the cranberry or apple juice and stir to combine, then carefully pour into a 9x13-inch glass dish or jello mold and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.


  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and sour cream and mix well until completely combined, then spread over the top of the set Jell-O.
  • Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup of chopped pecans, then serve.


Recipe slightly adapted from Unsophisticated Cook.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg