Cranberry Salad ~ my Grandma’s Recipe

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?  If you are planning your meal this weekend you need to add this – it’s the best thing ever with a turkey dinner.  In fact I can hardly make myself eat a turkey meal without it!  This year we are going to my Mom’s and I’m taking this delectable dish-and oyster dressing.  My Dad loves oyster dressing but my Mom does not.  So she will stuff the turkey with her recipe of yummy stuffing and I will make a 9×9 of oyster dressing and we will all be happy :D
  We have a Turkey dinner for Christmas with my husbands family and I always take this cranberry salad.  And it is always a hit!
My Grandma went home to heaven last year in early December.  Recipes she passed down are special.   I will think of her every time I make this – and remember the time I called her to ask exactly how she made it.
previously posted in December of 2012

Grandma Bussey’s Cranberry Salad

1 cup raw cranberries 2 oranges, 3-4 apples, 2-3 stalks celery
Wash all, core apples, peel oranges, trim celery ends.
Use food chopper to chop all fruits in small pieces.
You will also need one can of crushed pineapple. (about 20oz. and don’t drain it)
Place 2 pkg. of Raspberry jello in a bowl. (regular sized packs not large)
Add two cups HOT water and mix well – till jello is dissolved.
Add one cup cold water.  Using an Italian glass measuring cup is optional but does make the whole process much more enjoyable and photo worthy.  Find yours here.
You also need 3/4 cup of sugar.  I used my new china 1 cup measure and just didn’t fill it all the way to the top.
Add the chopped fruits, pineapple and sugar to the jello mixture.
Stir.  Stir some more.
Pour into a beautiful bowl.  Photograph it with your Italian Glass Measure just because.
Cover Cranberry Salad, place in refrigerator overnight to set.  Mine always sets up!
Serve with a traditional Turkey meal – you know, turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy…
To me a turkey dinner is not complete without Grandma Bussey’s Cranberry Salad.  YUM.

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  1. Oh-That looks really good and all the more special because it is your gramma’s recipe. How wonderful is that? xo Diana
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  2. Becky King says:

    Love that cranberry salad and, like you, I will always think of Grandma Bussey when I make it or eat it. You have really good pics of the whole process. (Just don’t grate instead of chopping or grinding. It’s not the same at all!)

    • :) Mom, I liked it grated like you did it this year! I’m still trying to decide which way I liked it best! Seriously, I’m thinking I might grate it next time I make it!

  3. OH I love all these flavors. This looks like a yummy one to have tonight!
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  4. That looks delicious. The perfect (easy) addition to any holiday table.
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  5. I wish I had a Grandma Bussey! This looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this! This recipe looks easy and fun…..the perfect combination for me!

    Have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!
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  6. That looks so pretty and yummy too. It reminds me a bit of the strawberry pretzel salad that I made last weekend. In fact, I need to share the recipe. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I may try it!
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  7. Just reading about the loss of your dear grandma. Sending hugs to you and your family. I find that continuing the traditions of those we have lost, fills the heart and head with memories of so many wonderful moments.

    I lost my grandpa before Thanksgiving last year. He loved the holidays and embraced the spirit of giving and helping others.

    My grandma makes a similar cranberry salad minus the apples and oranges. She also adds walnuts and prefers to use strawberry jello. I have taken over the job of making her salad for our holiday gatherings. I would love to try your recipe variations, but would have to serve it to my household. Some family traditions cannot be changed.;)

  8. Jill- I just pulled this out of my recipe file to get the ingredients. Is that a LARGE can of crushed pineapple or a short one – and do you drain the pineapple? I know sometimes the amount of liquid makes things set up differently. AND I hate to sound STOOOOPID-but are the cranberries cooked first or left raw? Thanks!
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  9. Oh my yum! This looks so refreshing. I’ll try it.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
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  10. Mmmm! I’m hungry for it already! We’re going to A. Karen’s, so I’ll get to have it!


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