We Must Have Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad

Why cranberries at Thanksgiving?

I am not sure, but since cranberries are native plants and grew in Massachusetts,  I guess  the Pilgrims found them to be perfect to go with their turkey dinner, right?

For me, my holiday meals wouldn’t be complete unless I made Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad ! And here is an easy recipe for one that is so good, you will want it for meals throughout the year.

This one is made with Jello, whole cranberry sauce, mandarin orange, apples, celery, pecans, pineapple tidbits, and you can change up the fruits if it should include ones your kids won’t eat.

Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad - The Hypertufa Gardener

Or if your kids won’t eat nuts, just leave those out. Or you might want to divide the batch for the adults because the nuts are so good!  ( See more Easy Recipes here.)

Note: My grandson used to tell me ” I don’t like rocks in mine.” Hilarious! He didn’t want “rocks” in peanut butter, or ice cream either !

I have used a Honeycrisp apple in this recipe and it is perfect. But any crisp or tart apple is nice.


Here is the recipe. You can make it the night before or the morning of your meal, but it is still good eaten right after making it . Other than the time chopping all the fruit, you just need the time for the initial Jello set-up. But it’s worth it. Enjoy.


Yields 6-8

Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad

An easy cranberry salad as a side dish for a special turkey dinner or just any lunch or dinner.

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 package raspberry jello (3oz)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 crisp apple, cored and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup small mandarin orange slices
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1 can whole berry cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Prepare Jello with noted amounts of water.
  2. Chill about 20-30 mins until partly set
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl, stirring until cranberries are blended well.
  4. Mix this into Jello mixture.
  5. Pour into bowl and chill until reset.
  6. Serve it with a bit of whip cream if you like.


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