Mark and I had some really special friends invite us over for lunch on Saturday. I brought some rolls and she cooked a ham, cheesy potatoes, and a delicious jello salad I grew up eating on holidays. As soon as she pulled this cranberry salad out of the refrigerator it brought back many wonderful memories. Yay!! My mom used to make this one! Don’t you love it when this happens?
Besides all the great food we get to enjoy during the holidays, I cherish this time of year for the memories, past and present, that are brought to mind. We have such a great family, I’m sure, much like yours. Being with them during the holidays just makes activities so special! That’s why I decided to update this post from a few years ago, it is a memory I don’t ever want to forget.
I helped her fill the glasses with ice and water, then we started putting the food on the table. Next, we placed the cut jello onto pieces of lettuce, and my heart melted with joy! I love this salad.
She started telling me the ingredients and I said, “I’m going to name this salad Judith’s Cranberry Salad.” I hope you love it as much as Mark and I do.
I remember seeing recipes where you could substitute whole berry cranberry sauce for the fresh cranberries. My mom had my sisters and me cut the fresh cranberries in half for her recipe. Today I used my “salsa maker” to chop them. You’ll see that chopper at the bottom of the post. This is what I call my Salsa Maker
What You May Need In The Kitchen
- Vegetable Chopper
- Salsa Maker
- Good Knife
- 9 by 13-inch pan
- Measuring Cups
- Glass Measuring Cups
Fresh Cranberry Salad
Here’s the deal, I knew I had to chop everything really small. I confess, I’m not very patient, I want it chopped quickly. So, I got out my really good sharp knife and started chopping away on the celery and apples. The pineapple tidbits I just drained and left as tidbits. I thought to myself, I’m not going to cut every cranberry in half. That’s not going to happen.
That’s when I grabbed my salsa maker chopper. It worked like a charm. I chopped the apples and the celery on the wood chopping board.
Then I used this awesome salsa maker, like I said, to chop the fresh cranberries. I highly recommend using one of these. It’s quick to use and easy to clean up afterward.
Then I placed all the celery, chopped apples, pineapple tidbits, and chopped fresh cranberries in the 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. Then, I ever so carefully poured the dissolved jello over the fruit and vegetables in the cake pan. Then I slowly stirred them around so the gelatin wouldn’t splash. I didn’t add any cold water. Just giving you the heads up here.
Then I placed the pan with the gelatin mixture in the refrigerator to set up and serve with whipping cream over a few pieces of chopped lettuce. It was delicious!
How do I store this salad?
Store it in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container.
How long can I store it in the refrigerator safely?
If you store it covered in an airtight container it will keep for 4-5 days. You can make it the day before you need to serve it.
Can I freeze cranberries?
Yes, you can. They are typically only available for a short period of time around November and December. Store them tightly wrapped in the freezer for 8-12 months for optimal flavor.
How long will cranberries keep in the refrigerator?
I love that cranberries will keep for 3-4 weeks in a plastic airtight container or baggie in the refrigerator. Be sure and look for any “bad ones” in the bag when you purchase them. Discard any that look questionable. Keep an eye on your containers to remove any cranberries that go bad.
Can I use any other ingredients to add or change the flavor?
It may sound strange, but we’ve tried pomegranate seeds and they really add a unique flavor and texture. Both the cranberries and pomegranate seeds are a little tart, so they complement each other in the salad.
Don’t be afraid to use other fruits too. Cut-up strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are all likely choices you’ll enjoy. I’m sure there are others too.
It’s that time of year we get together with friends and family to create awesome meals and participate together in fun activities. Let me know if you try making my fresh cranberry salad recipe, and if so, did you try anything new and different. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God Bless this world, Linda
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