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Cranberry Pineapple Salad


This Cranberry Pineapple Salad is delicious and festive looking! Raspberry jello, cranberry sauce, apples and pineapple make for a delicious and easy side dish to your next meal! 4 ingredients & 10 minutes cook time = a great holiday side dish or potluck dish to share!

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This Cranberry Pineapple Salad is a “jello salad” which is such an odd term.

It’s such an old fashioned phrase.

Jello Salad.

Just know that this Cranberry Pineapple Salad isn’t one of those gross ones from the 1970’s or Utah.

If you don’t know what I mean by gross Jello Salad, let me fill you in.

For example, some people like to add shredded carrots, celery, meat and cheese to their jello.

Those ideas are terrible.

Jello should never have vegetables or meat inside.

I like to think that Jello and fruit go well together, but that’s about it.

However, nuts can be added on occasion.

The first time I heard the term Jello Salad, I honestly thought it was all the ingredients for a green salad inside jello.





A few years ago, there was a ladies meeting at church.

All the ladies 18 years old and up got together for a “meeting.”

I say “meeting” but in reality it was a gab fest.

A way for each of us to get to know one another better.

It was an opportunity to catch up with each others lives and to have fun.





No kids or husbands.

Just us gals.

If you don’t know women well, then you should know that sometimes that’s exactly what a woman needs.

A break from the realities of life and the opportunity to relax among friends.

As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but think I could use another of these events!

A little time with friends and those she doesn’t know very well to make new friends!





The organizers had asked several of the ladies to bring a favorite salad to share.

At first I wasn’t very excited about the idea of a salad bar.

It’s not that I don’t love a good salad bar.

However I was worried there was going to be a lot of weird jello items showing up.

As for me, I’m more of a meat and potatoes and a large plate of baked goods kind of girl.

Don’t get me wrong, I love salad.

However, I like steak more!





Instead it turned out to be the yummiest salad bar I have ever been to.

There were around 20 different salads and we each took a sampling of each.

Oh my goodness they were good!

And once I can get my hands on those recipes I’ll be making them and sharing the with you because they are all something you want to make for your family!

This is the salad that my Mother-in-Law made.





This Cranberry Pineapple Salad  didn’t just look pretty, and create a festive atmosphere, it was absolutely scrumptious.

I believe we brought home and empty bowl after the event which tells us that everyone loved it as much as we did.

This Cranberry Pineapple Salad has been a staple in her house for years and now is something that we always have for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter!

However some have balked at me and said you can’t add pineapple to jello.

I am going to have to politely disagree.





The truth is that you CAN add pineapple to jello.

That is if it’s CANNED pineapple.

However, there is a chemical reaction between the acid in FRESH pineapple and jello that causes the jello to not set up.

SO if you make this, use the CANNED pineapple as recommended in the recipe.

I’ve made this Cranberry Pineapple Salad MANY times and have never had an issue with it setting up.

Not to mention it’s absolutely delicious!!

In conclusion, if you love jello and want to try something more festive, give this one a try!


Yield: 14 servings

Cranberry Pineapple Salad

This Cranberry Pineapple Salad is delicious and festive looking! Raspberry jello, cranberry sauce, apples and pineapple make for a delicious and easy side dish to your next meal! 4 ingredients & 10 minutes cook time = a great holiday side dish or potluck dish to share!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Inactive Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 45 minutes


  1. Open can of pineapple and drain pineapple, reserving juice. Pour juice into a 4 cup liquid measuring dish.
  2. Remove 1 Tablespoon of the crushed pineapple and set aside for garnish {if desired}
  3. Add enough cold water to pineapple juice until it measure 3 cups; pour int a large saucepan.
  4. Bring juice to a boil then remove from heat immediately.
  5. Add gelatin. Whisk mixture at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
  6. Add cranberry sauce and stir. {Gelatin mixture should be thick}.
  7. Pour mixture into a large bowl. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours or until slightly thickened.
  8. Remove from fridge and stir in pineapple, apples and walnuts; stir gently.
  9. Pour into a medium serving bowl. & refrigerate for 4 hours or until completely firm.
  10. Top with reserved crushed pineapple just before serving.
  11. Store leftover gelatin in refrigerator.


Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 50mg Carbohydrates: 27.3g Fiber: 1.2g Sugar: 24.5g Protein: 1.4g


Originally Posted: November 7, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: November 16, 2018



21 thoughts on “Cranberry Pineapple Salad

  1. My mom made this salad every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s one of my favorite fruit salads. My mom add mini marshmallows too.

    • Ohh I love the idea of mini marshmallows!! I will have to try it for sure as we really love this salad. In fact we didn’t make it this Thanksgiving and we all talked about how we wished we had!! Perhaps for Christmas I’ll make it and try your suggestion! Thank you!

  2. I made this for a work potluck today. Everyone raved about it and wants the recipe. I’ll be referring them to this page. Thanks!!!

    • Daisy you and me both! We are having this at our Christmas dinner too! You know it’s a tasty recipe when not only does it make it to the website but we keep making it because we can’t get enough! Thanks so much for leaving this comment and making my day! I hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

  3. During the holidays you can find cranberry jello. Use just cranberry jello or 1 cranberry and 1 raspberry! Either way, it is delicious!!

  4. I thought pineapple reacted with gelatin and negated gelatin’s effect. I tried another recipe with pineapple and gelatin a while ago. It was looking just fine while I was making the dish, but to my great surprise and disappointment, it had melted in the refrigerator while we were waiting it to finish setting! We sort of had to slurp it up. I was a dessert dish, so we pretended like it was a clumpy fruit juice and was okay (still tasted great!). But I wondered what happened and did some research, and quite a few articles turned up saying never to mix pineapple with gelatin. Why does your dish work?

    • Hi Kay! You are right, GENERALLY pineapple and gelatin do not mix well on a chemistry level. Why it works with this dish I have no idea. Chemistry was by far the WORST class I’ve ever taken in my entire life, which is pretty funny since baking is pretty much real life chemistry! However I’ve made this Cranberry Pineapple Salad dozens of times and never once had it come out soupy. Which has me scratching my head as to why it did for you. As you can see from the comments others have had success with it too. Give it another shot! Thanks for your comment!

  5. The instructions for Jello say do not use fresh or frozen pineapple. Canned pineapple works fine. I’ve made this salad many times and it sets up great. Thanks for reminding me of this delicious salad.

    • Hi Cathy! Yes it can! Just like any jello dish, it can be made in advance. I’d personally stick to no more than 48 hours but then again, I get too tempted to sample premade food in my fridge!

  6. Can I use sugar free jello and which flavor should I use so it doesn’t get that to sweet taste that sugar free gives?
    If at all possible please let me know so I can take it for my dish to pass for my family Thanksgiving.

    • Gina I’ve never used sugar free jello so I can’t say how the flavor will turn out in terms of sweetness. I’d stick with the same Raspberry flavor and give it a try. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out with sugar free jello. Good Luck!

  7. I’m about to make this salad and was wondering if I should leave the skin on the Apple or not when I chop it? I know that might sound crazy but I’m not super kitchen savvy 🙂 Thanks!

    • Natalie, great question. the skin on the apples does not matter – just what you prefer. I’ve done it both ways, and the skin does not affect the flavor or experience!

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