Festive Cranberry Salad

“This is a fun salad with a clear and a creamy layer. For those that don’t like an overly sweet dessert, this fits the bill. The original recipe calls for ground cranberries, but I think using our Cranberry-Orange Relish recipe would make this even better.” – April Ferre

Festive Cranberry Salad

Course: Salads – Fruit & Jello


  • 2 Envelopes (5 Teaspoons) Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water Boiling
  • 1 Cup Ginger Ale Chilled
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cranberries Ground
  • 3 Envelopes (7 1/2 Teaspoons) Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water Boiling
  • 1/3 Cup Hiram Walker Cranberry Cordial Or Other Cranberry Liqueur
  • 3 Cups Sour Cream
  • 2 1/2 Cups Lemon or Orange Sherbet Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Walnuts Coarsely Chopped


Cranberry Layer:

  • In medium bowl, mix gelatin with sugar; add boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in ginger ale and cranberries. Turn into 10-inch fluted tube pan or 12-cup mold; chill until almost set.
  • Substitution: use 1 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce and 1/2 cup sugar or 1 1/2 cups Cranberry-Orange Relish instead of 3/4 cup sugar and ground cranberries.

Creamy Layer:

  • In large bowl, mix gelatin and sugar; add boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • With wire whip or rotary beater, blend cranberry cordial, sour cream and sherbet. Let stand until mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute; fold in walnuts.
  • Spoon onto almost set cranberry layer; chill until firm. Garnish with frosted cranberries. Makes 16 servings.

Recipe – Calla Ferre

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