Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad With Citrusy Orange Zest

If you enjoy cranberry sauce with a kick then this is the recipe for you. The orange and the rind give this cranberry salad lots of zippy zing. I actually started making a cranberry salad just like this about 10 years ago and my mother loved it so much she got the recipe from me! Actually, my mom can never seem to keep track of this recipe and I’ve given it to her year after year. It’s so funny the way she misplaces it!

Hopefully, this year, mom knows where to find her recipe 🙂



1 small package of cherry Jello (3oz box)

1 c hot water

1 c Domino sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 c drained Dole crushed pineapple (8oz can) (juice reserved)

1 c Dole pineapple juice (use the reserved juice and add water to make 1 cup)

1 c ground Ocean Spray Cranberries

orange (ground)

1/2 c Fisher pecans, chopped


Boil the cup of water. Dissolve the jello in the hot water in an 8in square pan mix well. Add the sugar, lemon juice and pineapple juice. Stir to dissolve well.
Note: You can substitute the 8×8 dish and use a 9×13 dish, it seems to gel up a bit better that way.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Chill overnight.

Grandma’s Notes: Chop up the pecans first before getting blender wet. Or you could just buy pre-chopped pecans and save a step. Use the blender or food processor to chop up cranberries, then orange, seeded and partially peeled. The chopped peel gives it that special zing!



Quick Tip: Make sure you use the entire orange in this recipe…peel and all.