Cranberry Jello Salad {Foodie Friday}

We’re thrilled today to present a debut Foodie Friday post from Ashley Mills of The Ramblin Rooster! Although Ashley made this for her family’s Thanksgiving feast, we think it’s festive enough to last the whole holiday season. 

Cranberry Jell-o Salad

With everything that finds its way to the Thanksgiving Day table, this recipe is one of my favorites. It is such a nice contrast, in both color and heaviness, to everything else on my plate. I guess you could call it a “dessert,” but it isn’t overly sweet, and I think it really works best as a side item with the main meal.

My mom started making this recipe a few years back, and it quickly became a staple. The cranberries are very Thanksgiving-y, and the rest of the fruit just adds so much beautiful color and delicious flavor. Not only do we serve this on Thanksgiving, but Christmas as well — and any other time someone requests it, because it’s just that good.

I love this recipe because it is so simple to throw together, and it’s a make-ahead. Just put it in the refrigerator the night before, and it’s ready to go the next day! The leftovers keep well for about three days in the fridge as well — if there are any to be found!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Jell-o salad ingredients
Cranberry Jello Salad


2 large boxes sugar-free cherry Jell-o

2 cups hot (almost boiling) water

1 cup orange juice

2 cups chopped fresh cranberries

2 small cans crushed pineapple

2 medium Granny Smith apples, chopped

3 bananas, chopped


Whisk Jell-o and hot water together in a 9×13 glass dish until completely dissolved.

Stir in orange juice.

Stir in all other remaining ingredients.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until the Jell-o is set (usually best overnight).

*You can cut this recipe in half and assemble in an 8×8 dish if you aren’t serving for a crowd. However, it’s so good that you might want to make the larger one and save the leftovers for yourself!

Also, it tastes better if your sweet mama does the dirty work chopping up all of the fruit! 🙂

Ashley's Mom cutting fruit
I hope you all enjoy!


Ashley MillsAbout Ashley:

Hey y’all, I’m Ashley! I’m a Southern girl, born and bred, who re-located to Kansas a little over three years ago. I am a wife and soon-to-be boy mommy. One of my favorite things to do is show people I love them by cooking delicious food! I learned all of my skills from being in the kitchen with my mom growing up. I also love to read, write, and cheer on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team on Saturdays in the fall. My blog is where I share our life and keep up with memories for our family to look back on. I love my little corner of the Internet and all of the friends I’ve made there so far!


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