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Looking for a delicious side dish for your holiday meal? This cranberry jello salad recipe uses cherry jello, canned cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges, sugar, sour cream and nuts of choice.

Cranberry Jello with Mandarin Oranges and Pecans or Walnuts

Stephanie | Gathered In The Kitchen
Looking for a delicious side dish for your holiday meal? This cranberry jello salad recipe uses cherry jello, canned cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges, sour cream and nuts of choice.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3oz Cherry Jello gelatin package
  • 1 c boiling water
  • 1 16oz can cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1 11oz can of mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil, add Jello. Using a whisk, stir in sour cream. Be sure to mix it thoroughly with the Jello. Mix in cranberry sauce and stir.
  • Place mixture into a large bowl - this bowl is just a temporary holding place until later. Place in refrigerator and set a timer for 30 minutes. The goal is to have the Jello partially set up {slightly "harden", before adding in the other ingredients. If the other ingredients are added to the Jello mixture when it is too liquid-y, they will sink to the bottom and won't be throughout the Jello. **Tip: if the Jello mixture is not partially solidified at the 30 minute timer, set a timer to recheck every 10 minutes. This is where I always mess up and forget to recheck!
  • When the Jello is partially set up, gently stir in very well drained mandarin oranges and chopped nuts. Pour the entire mixture into a pretty serving bowl or mold. Refrigerate until fully set up. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Keyword dessert salad, holiday food, jello salad
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