I love the flavor of cranberry in all sorts of dishes! From drinks to breads, I find them refreshing! But the one thing I’m not a huge fan of is traditional cranberry sauce. I like my cranberries a bit on the sweet side versus tart. And often, delicious homemade cranberry sauce is just a bit too tart for me. Joanne Andrea recently made this copycat recipe of Krogers (Frys )Cranberry Celebration Salad. According to Joanne, “This stuff is SO addicting, you can eat it on turkey, leftover turkey sandwiches, crackers, toast, spoons, your finger, etc.!! Seriously, if you’ve had this salad from their deli, you know how good it is!” But I haven’t had the pleasure of trying this salad because I don’t have a Kroger or Frys grocery store near me in Minnesota. I feel like I’ve been missing out. Thankfully I now know about this amazing salad so I can taste test it to be sure!
- 15 oz. pineapple, crushed
- 1 can (15 oz) cranberry sauce with whole cranberries
- ½ cup cranberry juice
- 2 tabelspoon lemon juice
- 1 package (3 oz) raspberry (or cherry) JELL-O gelatin
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped medium fine
- Drain the pineapple and reserve juice.
- In a pot, blend pineapple juice, cranberry juice and lemon juice together. Bring to a boil and add Jell-O powder, stirring thoroughly!
- Add the can of cranberry sauce and combine well
- Transfer to a bowl and set in the fridge for approximately 1.5 hours or until the mixture begins to set.
- Add walnuts and pineapple. Stir well.
- Return to the fridge to set. The mixture will not set up as firm as regular gelatin does.
- Before serving, give mixture a good stir.
This recipe was found on Food.com, however original source unknown.
For now I’ll just leave you with Joanne’s gorgeous photos of Cranberry Celebration Salad.
Give this cranberry salad a try for your holiday celebrations. It would be a great alternative in addition or in place of traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. Love sweet salads? Try this carrot salad with raisins and pineapple!
If you have ever tasted this salad, I hope you’ll let me know your thoughts in the comment section. If you make this, I’d also love to know if it lives up to your expectations. Is it a great copycat recipe?
I just saw something similar at The Fresh Market grocery store yesterday & decided I would look for a similar recipe for Thanksgiving. Then I saw this…perfect! Pinned!
Emily @ The Benson Street says
Looks so festive! Thank you for linking up with the Monday Funday Party! — Emily at thebensonstreet.com
That looks really good!! Perfect for the holidays coming up! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
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It’s just okay , and more sweet. I would not have recognized it as similar to Krogers. Sorry.
Janet C Booth says
It’s not quite the same recipe. The one I got from a food expert in Cincinnati includes all of above plus 1/2 C of orange juice and 1/2 C water. Perhaps add 1/2 c chopped celery.
can this be made w/low calorie jello??
I grew up with Kroger being the only grocery store around. Now as an adult I moved to Billings, Montana where there are no Kroger stores! Cranberry celebration was a thanksgiving staple at my house. Thank you for this copy cat recipe! It is as close to the real thing as I can get out here! I used the cherry jell-O and added a half cup of chopped maraschino cherries it turned out absolutely delicious!
Thanks Nerissa I will add the marachino cherries it is exactly what it is missing. I might try adding mandarin oranges to for a pop of texture and color. I am eating Krogers now and reading the label for clues. I buy 2 one for me and one to share.
Hey can I use your recipe for this delicious looking cranberry salad? It looks appetizing, I would like to make this for our Christmas dinner?
I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I was just eating some store bought this morning. This recipe seems the be great, the only thing I see is missing is the celery. If you read the ingredients from the package, one of the first few listed is celery. It helps give it that crunch.
I love the Cranberry Celebration salad too! Haven’t had it for awhile but doesn’t it have craisins in it instead of cranberries?
Have made this for years. Is AMAZING! Always a requested dish ???
I have added celery and substituted finely chopped pecans for the walnuts…tastes extremely close to Krogers (and a lot less expensive)! Thank you!
AWEsome recipe. Cranberry Celebration is my go to. Won’t even bother with the can!! I make it as is but will try adding the celery next time after reading the comments. Sometimes I make candied pecans for the holidays so that is my only sub. FYI… A few cups of the cranberry celebration, a cup of Russian or thousand island dressing, a few chicken breasts or a turkey breast in a Crock-Pot…. yaUMMMMMM!
Sherry Johnson says
I am not a fan of cranberries, but I can sit and eat a bowl of this at one sitting. Just the right amount of sweet and tart. You have to try it.