Cranberry Pineapple Berry Jello Salad makes a perfect Holiday side dish. Bright, festive, and absolutely delicious! This Jello salad is full of cranberries, whole blackberries, pineapple chunks and nuts. The texture is just right. Not too dense or too loose. A bit of nut for crunch, chunky pineapple and whole berries for a satisfying mouthful of sweet tart delight.
One of my family’s favorite all time holiday side dishes is this Jello salad. My Grandma Used to make several versions of it. Some we loved. Some not so much. I can’t get into the celery version but if that’s what you want, go ahead and chop a cup of celery in.
This Cranberry Pineapple Berry Jello Salad is my own creation. I dug around in grandma’s recipes, dug around in mine and then went to google for more inspiration. I’m delighted with the results. It’s a lovely salad for your holiday table. In the proper light it glows like a gem.
Our Thanksgiving Table 2016:
The menu-many family members contributed to this:
- Brined and Roasted Turkey
- Mashed Potatoes (can you believe I forgot the gravy?!!)
- Cranberry Pineapple Berry Jello Salad
- Homemade Cranberry sauce
- creamed onions
- green bean casserole
- Pumpkin cheesecake for dessert
A feast we all enjoyed with treats too!
I apologize for the poor pictures. Our Thanksgiving Feast was held in our new unfinished addition with hardly any light. I took these pics on the fly with my cell phone, But you get the idea.
I made that HUGE batch of Cranberry Pineapple Berry Jello Salad in my 10 inch trifle bowl. You can easily cut this recipe in half and still feed 10 or 12 guests. Fortunately we love this salad leftover.
My brother, Jeff, is the reason I made this Jello Salad. He Adores it at the holidays and WILL NOT give up his cool whip either. So dutiful sister me, I made this recipe for him. Mom made sure he had his cool whip. He loved it. I hope your family does too. I will not usually make anything with jello anymore (and cool whip is NOT invited into this kitchen often). All those artificial ingredients you know. But it is the Holiday season. So I’m indulging our taste for the old favorites a bit.
Cranberry Pineapple Berry Jello Salad Recipe:
I created this salad to be easy to make. It is! This is mostly canned stuff. Use any frozen berries you like. I had some frozen whole blackberries I put up from our many blackberry vines so that’s what I used. Do NOT use fresh pineapple. The salad will not set up if you do. Canned works great.
IF you want to make it with ALL natural ingredients…it’s possible…
If you feel lucky you could try my homemade cranberry sauce instead of the canned cranberry sauce I used. I went fast and easy on this. If you do use homemade cranberry sauce you may have to adjust the liquids down by 1/2 cup or so to make the jello consistency comes out right. For more on making your own natural jello go to mamanatural.com or The Splendid Table. Someday I’m going to make jello by this method. But not today. I highly recommend you make it the fast way unless you have LOTS of time to dink around with your recipe. Let me know if you succeed!
FAST and EASY INSTRUCTIONS:
- Boil the water.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk the jello into the boiled water.
- Whisk in the cranberry sauce and pineapple juice
- Pour into a 10 inch trifle dish or jello mold (sprayed with coconut oil)
- Drop several pieces of cubed pineapple and frozen blackberries on the top.
- Cool in the fridge until the jello is slightly set (about an hour)
- Mix in the remaining pineapple, berries and nuts.
- Return to fridge until set. (about 3 hours)
- Serve with whipped cream