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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cranberry Apple Salad

It's time to start planning your Thanksgiving Feast! 

This Cranberry Apple Salad is a departure from the traditional cranberry sauce (either prepared at home or - heaven forbid - from the can) typically served at Thanksgiving.  It can be prepared a couple of days in advance to help with planning your meal.  

This recipe was prepared by my mother at Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have been gradually reducing the amount of sugar that was added to the gelatin portion.  Last year sugar was omitted altogether (admittedly an oversight due to too many distractions). The result: perfection! The salad was much more tart and delicious than the previous overly sweet version.  




INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)
  • 2 small packages strawberry gelatin
  • 1 pound cranberries
  • 5 tart apples (Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup English walnuts, chopped

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Measure juice from drained pineapple and add enough water to make 2 cups liquid.
  2. Boil pineapple juice / water mixture in medium saucepan.
  3. Add strawberry gelatin and allow to cool without setting.  
  4. Shred cranberries and apples in food processor.  
  5. Combine cranberries, apples, pineapple and walnuts in a large bowl.  
  6. Add cooled strawberry gelatin.
  7. Transfer to a pretty glass bowl.
  8. Refrigerate at least 12 hour prior to serving.  
NOTE:  Original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar to be dissolved with the gelatin. Too much sugar! We once mistakenly omitted sugar (too much chaos in the kitchen at Thanksgiving) and were pleasantly surprised with the result: a delicious tart yet balanced side for the Thanksgiving table. 


5 comments:

steven folino said...

Where's the Beef?

Gloria Baker said...

Love this salad look delicious :)

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Looks really nice and tart! Hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving time!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary said...

Love the addition of apples here! Plus no sugar is always a win in my book, even if the discovery came from a mistake! This looks delish! Cheers!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It sounds wonderful with the apples, pineapple and walnuts! Even better without the sugar.