Fearlessly Creative Mammas: Christmas Cranberry Salad - Gluten Free

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Cranberry Salad - Gluten Free

Did you survive the Thanksgiving weekend well? Did you brave the stores? I have to admit that shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday don't appeal to me at all. Really, not even a little. I did go out with my mom a little on Saturday, but I was so happy when I got home! 

Since we are past Thanksgiving, Samantha and I will be bringing you lots of Christmas ideas for this month. We also have some giveaways for you. They are good ones too. As a matter of fact, right now we are participating in three giveaways. I will detail them below and leave links for you to click on so you can enter if you're interested. For right now, I have a lovely recipe that is a favorite of my mom. I hope you will love it too. 

The Cranberry is lovely little fruit that we seem to eat a lot of this time of year. My mom loves it so much that she eats it all year long. It is one of the world's healthiest foods and ranks at the top of the list for being rich in health promoting anti-oxinents. Really though, I think my mom just likes the way they taste. This is one of her very favorite recipes and it can usually be found in her refrigerator. It uses raw cranberries, so be sure to get the right kind.

We call it the Christmas Cranberry Salad because if you make it in a  Jello Mold, it looks like a Christmas wreath. Pretty neat, huh? I think so. The trick to getting it out of the mold in one piece is a lot of patience and some hot water. You can also use a 8 x 8 inch pan if you don't have a Jello mold, but it won't be a wreath. 

Christmas Cranberry Salad
Serves 12

1 3 ounce box of red Jello
1 cup very hot water
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 envelope of Knox gelatin
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup RAW cranberries, chopped fine
1 cup celery, chopped fine
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Dissolve the Jello in the hot water, add the sugar and lemon juice. Dissolve the gelatin in the pineapple juice and add it to the Jello. Stir until well blended. Pour into the Jello mold and chill until partially set, about 30 minutes.  Don't forget about it!!  Combine all of the chopped ingredients in another bowl and stir well to mix.  After 30 minutes add the chopped up ingredients and chill overnight. 

To get the Cranberry Salad out of the mold, put hot water in the sink and immerse the Jello mold, with the lid on, until the water comes up to the rim, but does not cover the lid, for about 3 minutes. Take the lid off and look to make sure it is loosened from the sides. If it isn't loosened, put the lid back on and immerse if for another minute.  Remove the lid, invert it onto a serving plate. Tap the mold lightly to loosen the Jello. Remove the bottom, being very slow to ensure the Jello releases from the mold. When the bottom is off, remove the rest of the mold, again being very patient. You should be able to see that the Jello is released from the open bottom. 

After everyone has seen your beautiful wreath, cut into serving sized pieces and eat it up! We hope you love it!! 

Now for the links to the current giveaways. We hope you will find something that interests you. Be sure to tell your friends! 

Black Friday Giveaway for either a KitchenAid Mixer, a Kindle Fire or an Xbox 360 plus and Amazon gift card to total $500. This one ends are 10:00 pm on Monday, 12/2/13. Click HERE to enter. 

Blog Celebration and Cash Giveaway for $300 in either Pay Pal cash or an Amazon gift card. This one ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/9/13. Click HERE to enter. 

Free Birds Boutique 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway for 60 different items, donated by 60 different shops and bloggers. This one ends on Christmas Eve. To enter this giveaway, click HERE.

Posted by Kathleen


  1. That looks pretty good! I've never done much with cranberries so this would be a good one to try! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love that it uses real cranberries!

    1. Yeah, those cans of jelly cranberries kind of gross me out. Although, they are pretty good on a sandwich with turkey and cream cheese. Sounds healthy, right?

  3. I love this recipe! So happy you shared it at Talking Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by hope to see you next week! xoxo San @ A Dash of Sanity

    1. Thank you for the party. I love the name of your blog. I feel like that a lot of days.

  4. My mom makes something like this every year for Christmas. I think that people need to stop laughing at jello because it's GOOD!

    1. It is pretty versatile. My mom loves this recipe!

  5. Thanks for sharing these at Talking Tuesday Over the Fence! This looks delicious!!! Pinned for later....

    1. Thank you for the party! Hope you love this.