Easy Cranberry Jello Salad

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Last Updated on December 6, 2022 by Tracy

This Easy Cranberry Jello Salad is the perfect dessert recipe for entertaining guests and at your holidays meals. Made with just 5 ingredients, this recipe is great for the busy holiday season.

Best Holiday Cranberry Jello Salad

Easy Cranberry Jello Salad

The holidays are coming and that means delicious holiday meals and entertaining family and friends. It also means buying lots of ingredients for things that you may not usually buy, like cranberry sauce. I will openly admit that I only buy cranberry sauce once or twice a year. And sometimes when I buy cranberry sauce I forget to serve it with the holiday meal. Leaving me with miscellaneous cans of cranberry sauce in my pantry.

So, what do you do with your cranberry sauce leftovers? Or maybe you just want something different to do with cranberry sauce than just putting it on a pretty plate during the holidays. Well, I have the perfect easy holiday recipe so that you can use that cranberry sauce.

Easy Cranberry Jello Salad.

Holiday Cranberry Jello Salad

To make this Easy Cranberry Jello Salad recipe you need, you guessed it, cranberry sauce and jello. I used raspberry and strawberry jello, I think the flavors pair nicely with the cranberry sauce. You also need apple, crushed pineapple and water. I told you that this was an easy holiday recipe.

Cranberry Jello Salad Recipe

Prep time for this Holiday Cranberry Jello Salad is only 5 minutes.

How to make Cranberry Jello Salad

Cook time is also only 5 minutes.

Tasty Cranberry Jello Salad

Once you have the cranberry jello fruit mixture prepared you simply put it in serving cups, I used small dessert shot glasses. Then you allow it to set in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. I topped mine with whipped topping, but you don’t have to. Use cool whip if you want to keep it easy, or make your own with heavy whipping cream.

Best Cranberry Jello Salad

You can make this Cranberry Jello Salad in a baking pan, a bundt pan if you prefer, or they sell Jello molds on Amazon too. I like the individual servings for entertaining guests. That way your friends and family can grab their dessert and go back to socializing.

If you are looking for a main dish to use up some more of your leftover cranberry sauce, make my Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole.  It’s so easy to make and it’s absolutely delicious!

Now, are you ready for my Holiday Cranberry Jello Salad recipe? Of course you are. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Cranberry Jello Salad with Spoon

Easy Cranberry Jello Salad

This easy holiday dessert recipe is prepped in just 5 minutes! This Easy Cranberry Jello Salad recipe uses fruit, cranberry sauce and jello and is perfect for holiday entertaining.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cranberry, dessert, dessert recipe, easy recipes, fall, thanksgiving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Servings: 24
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Tracy


  • Stove


  • 20 oz crushed pineapple
  • water
  • 3 oz raspberry jello
  • 3 oz strawberry jello
  • 16 oz cranberry sauce
  • 2 apples chopped


  • Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice
  • Add enough water to the juice to make 2 1/2 cups total liquid
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the pineapple juice mixture to a boil
  • Remove from the heat and add the jello powder, whisking until completely dissolved
  • Stir in the pineapple, cranberry sauce, and apples until well combined
  • Spoon into shot glasses, small cups or baking cups, filling most of the way
  • Refrigerate for at least three hours, until the jello has set
  • Serve cold
  • Add whipped topping if desired
  • Enjoy!


Buy too many cans of cranberry sauce for that holiday dinner?  This is the perfect way to use them up!


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cranberry Jello Salad with fruit

I hope you enjoy this Easy Cranberry Jello Salad as much as we do!

Easy Cranberry Jello Salad

Jello is typically good for 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator, so if you don’t end up serving all your delicious holiday treats at one meal, be sure to refrigerate the rest and snack on them for a few. They are actually very low in fat and have fruit in them.

What is one of your favorite holiday desserts?  Do you always buy too much cranberry sauce as well?

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