Jello Fruit Salad - A classic sweet side dish that has been a tradition around holiday dinner tables since the '70s. Cranberries, apples, pineapple, and mandarin oranges all held together with raspberry Jello. Part salad, part side dish, part dessert all wrapped into holiday tradition!
1/2lbwhole cranberriespartially thawed from frozen, rough chopped
1mediumapplepeeled, cored and chopped
1cupcanned crushed pineappledrained from juice
1/2cupcanned or jarred mandarin orangesslices halved
Add the Jello crystals to a large bowl. Stir in boiling water until crystals are completely dissolved. Add in sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add in cold water and orange juice and stir.
Add the cranberries, apples, mandarin oranges, pineapple and walnuts. Stir until mixed. Fruit will float to the top likely but that is fine.
Pour the Jello and fruit mixture into the 9" X 13" glass dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let set in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight. Check that Jello is set and then serve in the same dish or a pretty bowl. Top with more fruit, nuts, marshmallows, sugared cranberries or whipped cream.
Storage:Store covered in the fridge for up to 7 days.Notes:Orange juice is completely optional in this recipe. If not using orange juice replace the orange juice with a 1/2 cup of cold water.