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Cranberry Bonanza: Copycat Kroger celebration salad; Rita’s baked candied cranberries

Cranberry Celebration Salad

Cranberry Celebration Salad

A reader wanted the recipe for that popular cranberry salad from Kroger. Here’s several yummy clones. Checking the label on Kroger’s cranberry celebration salad tells me gelatin is one of the ingredients, so I don’t know if it’s a jello type or just plain gelatin. The first ingredient on their label is cranberries.

Cranberry celebration salad like Kroger

This recipe is one that I get requests for each year. And it’s a keeper for sure. Kroger’s salad has a loose texture, and both Ginny and Marilyn replicated this. Most likely Marilyn’s is closer to what I tasted at Kroger, since hers uses whole berry cranberry sauce. But both sound equally good.

Ginny Moorehouse’s cranberry celebration salad.

“I’ve been making this for years for my family”, Ginny said.

1 pkg cherry or strawberry jello

1 cup boiling liquid: 1/2 cup ea orange juice and water

1-3/4 cups cranberry sauce, jelled type

1 cup diced celery (opt but good)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup crushed drained pineapple

Dissolve jello in boiling liquid. Add cranberry sauce and blend. When it starts to congeal, add other ingredients. This will not get real firm.

Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad

Try substituting cherry jello if you like.

15 oz crushed pineapple, drained – save juice

1/2 cup cranberry juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 pkg, 3 oz, raspberry jello

15 oz can whole cranberry sauce

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Boil pineapple, cranberry and lemon juice together. Add jello. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Put in fridge till almost set. Add pineapple and nuts. Add a half cup of chopped celery if you like.


Lottie, queen of cranberries’ jewel-like jello salad

Lottie Hilgefort is my daughter-in-law, Jess’s sister and she brought the most delicious jello salad Thanksgiving. It reminded me of my mom’s so I asked her to share. A wonderful addition to that holiday ham. “All about simplicity”, Lottie said.

8 oz. crushed pineapple drained, reserve juice

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3 oz package raspberry gelatin

16 oz whole berry cranberry sauce

1/2 cup chopped celery

Combine juice, water and lemon juice in pan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and add gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Add sauce. Pour into mold or bowl. Refrigerate just until set, about 45 minutes to hour. Stir in pineapple and celery and chill until firm.


Rita’s Baked Candied Cranberries

 If you substitute Splenda, use the kind that measures out just like sugar. Now if you don’t want to use the liqueur, though it’s in the oven long enough for at least some of the alcohol, and probably most, to bake out, substitute 1/4 cup water or cranberry juice.

1 bag fresh cranberries washed and picked over
1-1/2 cups sugar or to taste
1/4 cup brandy or cognac
1/4 cup frozen orange concentrate, thawed but not diluted
Lemon juice to taste: start with juice of half of a lemon
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix everything together. Bake uncovered until berries have absorbed most of the liquid and most have popped, about 45 minutes. Can be done ahead.  Great served warm, room temperature or chilled. A nice hostess gift, as well.


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1 comment

  1. Shelly Stuart

    Rita’s Baked Candied Cranberries, Lottie, queen of cranberries’ jewel-like jello salad, Ginny Moorehouse’s cranberry celebration salad

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