Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving Day Recipe Series ~ Cranberry Salad

Listed below is a recipe I've used for Cranberry Salad since 1993. This recipe came from Mrs. Nova Roberson who lives in the Sequatchie Valley region near the Cumberland Plateau here in Tennessee. 

My family lived there in Pikeville for eight years and it was a wonderful place to live and we have fond memories of the time we spent there. 

We've used this recipe almost every year since Mrs. Nova gave it to me going on twenty-five years now. It's a tried and true family favorite with us now and the holidays wouldn't be complete without it. 

Cranberry Salad


One pound cranberries (bags are 12 ounces now & work well without the additional 4 ounces)
2 cups sugar (I like mine tart and only use 1/2 cup)
3 packages cherry Jello (some years they have cranberry, but not always)
3 cups hot water
6 oranges (deveined and chopped)
1 - 20 ounce can crushed pineapple
1 cup pecans, crushed


Crush together the cranberries and sugar in a blender or food processor
Dissolved the 3 packages of jello in hot water
Mix with the cranberries and allow mixture to cool
Mix the oranges, pineapple, and pecans and add to the cranberry mixture
Store in the refrigerator.
Freezes well. 

I hope you try it and like it and if you do please drop me a line and let me know how you and your family enjoyed it. 

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. Anticipating which areas in the USA serve gelatin with fruits and nuts as a salad.

    Early 60's when I moved South, I learned it was standard and prepared it as others. For special family, potluck occasions, a relative includes gelatin salad, deviled egg plate, and tater tot casserole. The gelatin salad is more like a dessert, and if whipped cream were piped on, it would be.

    I liked it for years upon years. Then, I wanted more veggies like
    "back home" and stopped serving gelatin with main meal. I would eat your recipe; however, my nephrologist does not permit any ingredient except sugar. Another physician does not permit sugar.

    Now, let's hear from those who serve gelatin salad.

    1. The first time I had this salad from Nova she left the sugar out and made it with sweetener. She made it for my friend's (her daughter in law) mother for Thanksgiving, so she could enjoy it too as she was a diabetic.

      My grandmother always had several gelatin salads on her holiday tables when we were in Illinois. Of course, she was born and reared in the south and both of my parents were born in the south. So, even though I grew up in Illinois, my cooking reflects southern roots.

      My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is the cornbread dressing. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without that. My dad, who has moved back to Illinois, always requests it when he makes a visit down here.


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