Nov 11

Holiday Cranberry Salad {Cream Cheese Cranberry Salad}

Holiday Cranberry Salad

I honestly don't remember when this recipe first started making an appearance at our family's Thanksgiving dinner table. Somewhere along the way a lovely little slice of this made its way to a separate plate at my place setting.

Yes, I said a separate plate. Have I mentioned that I absolutely cannot stand to have my food touch? Can't. stand. it. So if you're planning to invite me to a large dinner at your house, you'd best be sure you have extra plates available for this mama.

Holiday Cranberry Salad Ingredients

Back to the cranberry salad -- if that's what you really want to call it. I'm sure I turned my nose up at it at first. After all, it was made with cranberries, and in my mind cranberries were sour, and slightly tough, and not at all appealing to my young palate. And then I took my obligatory bite... and my world was forever changed. Seriously.

Cranberry Jell-O Mixture

The pineapple adds just enough sweetness to counter the tartness of the cranberries, and the cream cheese/sour cream topping -- well, how can you go wrong with that combination?

Truthfully, it's more of a dessert, but if you're coming to my house for Thanksgiving, you'll find it served as a side with the turkey and all of the trimmings. And who's counting anyhow?!?

Cream Cheese Cranberry Salad

Yield: 16 servings

Cream Cheese Cranberry Salad


  • 2 small packages raspberry Jell-O
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup pecans (toasted or untoasted), chopped
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water.
  2. Add crushed pineapple (juice and all), cranberry sauce, Jell-O mixture, cranberry juice and pecans, reserving some pecans to sprinkle on top. Mix well.
  3. Pour into a 9"x12" glass dish and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Cream together cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until smooth.
  5. When the Jell-O mixture is firm, spread the creamed ingredients on top.
  6. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.

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