Grandma Strobel’s Cranberry Salad

cranberry salad recipe

I never met my maternal great grandmother, Estelle Strobel. Yet, she is part of every Thanksgiving in our home. I don’t know where she got the recipe for her Cranberry Salad, but it’s been a holiday staple for every generation in our family since.

  • 1 pound of cranberries
  • 1 orange (yes rind and flesh), cut in cubes, seeds removed
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1, 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple, un-drained
  • 2 boxes of cherry or black cherry jello (do NOT use the sugar free type)
  • 2 cups of boiling hot water

In a food processor, chop the cranberries and orange. Place them in a bowl, pour the sugar in, give it a stir, and then let it sit for a few hours. This gets the fruit’s juices running and sweetens the berries.

To the cranberry/orange mixture add the pineapple, celery and pecans. In a separate bowl, pour the boiling water over the jello; stir until fully combined. Pour the jello mix over the cranberry mixture; stir well, then pour it into a 13 x 9″ dish. Chill until firm.

Cut into squares. Mom serves the salad with a small dollop of Miracle Whip on top. I enjoy it simply plain.

To get a jump start on Thanksgiving cooking, I made our batch today. Since it’ll be just the three of us, I made a 1/2 batch.

I hope it lasts until Thursday!

This entry was posted in , and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Grandma Strobel’s Cranberry Salad

  1. Alison says:

    Reminds me of a salad we used to have for Xmas when I was a child (in the 50’s). I think I’ll make it this year, for nostalgia’s sake. Thanks!

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing … Continue reading

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading

Gone

For more than seven years I’ve passed this blueberry field on the way to work. A solitary tree rising above the blueberry barren like a sentinel, creating focus, depth, and … Continue reading

Showing Off Pigeon Hill

My folks made the trip from Pennsylvania for Hannah’s high school graduation. Their visit was short and we didn’t have a lot of free time, but I did my best … Continue reading

Creating Memories

I’m not a foodie and you’ll find more “oops” stories here at Downeast Thunder Farm than you will recipes. In planning for Hannah’s graduation celebration, I found these little graduation … Continue reading

graduation storm trooper masks Graduation!

It’s been a wildly crazy couple of weeks. Watching Hannah wrap up her high school career has been bitter-sweet. Happy for her accomplishments, and sad that this chapter of her … Continue reading