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Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

This is a delicious and pretty salad for the holidays, but it's so good that I serve it at other times, too. I got the recipe from a neighbor who had served it with a traditional turkey dinner. —Helen Clement, Hemet, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16-20 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain pineapple, setting the pineapple aside and adding juice to gelatin. Stir in cranberry sauce, lemon juice, zest and nutmeg. Chill until mixture thickens. Fold in sour cream, pineapple and pecans. Pour into a glass serving bowl or an oiled 9-cup mold. Chill until set, at least 2 hours.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 150 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • marykayw
    Jun 1, 2019

    I've been making this salad for years ... originally found it in a magazine submitted by Dole ... they called it St. Tropez Holiday Cranberry mousse.

  • elysesalpeter
    Nov 22, 2018

    This is delicious. I followed the recipe to a "T". I love a sweet cranberry sauce and something unique and this is just absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  • Freddiebear123
    Nov 9, 2018

    I just had the ingredients on hand except for the walnuts and it was a hit. I will make it again.

  • Laurelsinthekitchen
    Dec 29, 2017

    I made this for a Christmas potluck. Everyone loved it. This recipe is a keeper.

  • JULIANA190
    Dec 25, 2016

    This just wasn't great ??. It tasted mostly of pineapple. I might try it again and omit the pineapple juice. We couldn't taste the lemon, cranberry, or cherry jello at all!!!

  • cooknwlv
    Nov 30, 2014

    I have been making this cranberry recipe for years. It was published in BH&G years ago. I omit the nuts and change up the jello flavor from time to time. Raspberry, cherry, and cranberry jello all taste great. My family would be horribly disappointed if I didn't make this at holiday dinners.

  • DrewDrawed
    Nov 21, 2012

    Yummy! I saw on some forums people asking if increasing strawberry to offset possible tartness was necessary. I don't think so, it's nicely balanced as is! Will make again :)

  • judithQ
    Nov 13, 2012

    I have been searching for gelatin moose recipes that do NOT contain Cool is a delightful one. wonderful mouth feel and taste.

  • Flenner
    Feb 18, 2011

    very good as a dessert /salad. I used the jellied cranberry sauce and beat it into the jello mixture as the whole berry was unavailable. Good with chicken and dumplings and chicken and stuffing meals.

  • hall54476
    Nov 22, 2009

    This is so light and refreshing after a holiday meal. A tradition in our family.