cranberry-apple jello salad

     Here's a sort of retro recipe from my mom... You really don't see a lot of jello salad anymore. When I was growing up, tossed salads with mixed greens were not popular as they are today.
 the jello era
     My mom made all kinds of salads ranging from a canned peach half topped with cottage cheese and a maraschino cherry to a chunk of iceberg with homemade blue cheese dressing.
     We frequently had jello salad. When Mommy baked a chicken or a chicken casserole, this was her go-to side to accompany the green veggies. We also had it every Thanksgiving.
     It was easy to make in advance and served a crowd. Sometimes she added toasted pecans in with the apples. It gives the salad a nice crunch.
1 3-oz. box strawberry or mixed fruit jello
1/8 t. salt
1 1/4 c. boiling water
1 can cranberry sauce
2 c. finely chopped apple
Dissolve jello and salt in boiling water. Break up cranberry sauce with a fork. Add to gelatin mixture. Chill until very thick. Fold in apples and pour into mold or pan. Chill until firm. Makes about 4 cups.


  1. Every thanksgiving, my mom makes a family favorite we call Cranberry Mold (she makes it in a mold).

    Cherry Jello/or Strawberry
    Chopped whole cranberries
    Shread Coconut
    chopped celery
    -- I'm sure I'm missing a crucial, crunchy ingredient --

    It's always a hit and replaced the can-shaped glob of cranberry jell you find at many tables.


  2. Yep! I forgot diced green apples!!!


  3. yes, i remember that version. we usually had two... a loaded one and a plain one for the picky people!