Nana’s Cranberry Salad

The Holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving will be here in 4 days and Christmas soon after. 

Along with foods like turkey and green bean casseroles, you’re likely to see a lot of cranberry dishes this time of year. This one is my favorite as it holds a lot of sentimental value. 

My Nana, who passed away nearly 2 years ago, made this cranberry salad every Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, and Christmas Day. And sometimes more than that. I’ll never forget the day she actually let me help her make it. It was a pretty big deal for me as my Nana didn’t like much help in the kitchen. But she showed me how and it’s now one of my favorite memories of her. 

I’ve been missing her extra hard this season, as it was her favorite time of year. 

I decided to whip this dish up for our Thanksgiving meal at Church this evening. Not only for everyone else, but for myself. I helps me, and I think she’d be pretty happy to know I made it all by myself šŸ˜‰
Here’s what you’ll need. 

It helps to have a food processor, grinder or chopper. I used a food processor.

  1. 2 3oz boxes of cherry jello
  2. 1 cup chopped celery
  3. 1 1/2 cup chopped apples
  4. 1 1lb bag of whole cranberries
  5. 1 cup of chopped pecans
  6. 1 large unpeeled orange
  7. 3 cups boiling water
  8. 2 cups sugar 

Start by adding your cranberries to your food processor and chop until they look like this 

You’ll want everything you chop, to look like this. After you’re done with the cranberries, scoop them into a bowl, add your 2 cups of sugar and stir to fully coat the cranberries.

Next, chop your celery, pecans, oranges with the peel on, and apples. You can do it separately or together. I did it separately. 

Add all the chopped ingredients to the cranberries and give it a stir. You can use clean hands or a spoon for this. 

Next, you’ll want to ready your jello mixture. Add 3 cups of boiling water to 2 3oz packages of cherry jello and stir. Once combined, carefully pour over the fruit mixture like so

Once it is completely poured over the fruit mixture, give it a stir so all the sugar is combined. Then, carefully pour into a 9×13 dish, and refrigerate. Once it has congealed (at least 8 hours later) you can serve! 

It’s not really a dessert item, even though it has lots of fruit. It’s a great side for Turkey and dressing! 

Hope you enjoy.


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