Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Sure, there’s all kinds of recipes for cranberry gleatin molds, but most use some kind of Jell-O.  If you’re trying to avoid food colorings and other chemicals, why not try a fresh cranberry salad mold using plain gelatin?  It does use some sugar, but only 1/3 cup.


3/4 cups ground raw cranberries (2 cups whole)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons plain gelatin (there are 3 teaspoons in 1 envelope of gelatin)
1 cup apple juice
Lettuce, if desired

  1. Wash, sort and grind cranberries (use a food processor, blender, or grinder attachment for mixer).
  2. Add orange juice, sugar and salt, then set in the refrigerator to chill.
  3. Meanwhile soften the gelatin in 1/4 cup of the apple juice.
  4. Heat rest of juice to boiling, then pour it over the softened gelatin, stirring to dissolve thoroughly.
  5. Combine with the rest of the ingredients (except lettuce), and pour into a 3-cup mold.
  6. Chill until firm.
  7. Unmold onto bed of lettuce, if desired, or directly onto serving plate.
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