Cranberry Mousse Salad

ring mold of cranberry jello mousse salad.Title

I loved Jell-O as a child. Now, as an adult, I make it once a year — for the holidays! Cranberry Mousse Salad is a favorite Jell-O Salad that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s bright and festive, and you’ve got to love the creamy texture along with the crunch of fresh cranberries.

fresh whipping cream in cranberry mousse on a white platter

Sweet and Tart!

The salad is fairly sweet due to the orange juice, raspberry Jell-O, and cranberry sauce, but SURPRISE — it’s  also tart courtesy of those fresh cranberries! As the gelatin and other ingredients set, they separate a bit all on their own. You get a lovely layered look where the cream rises to the top, and the gelatin sinks. If you use a mold, once you invert the salad on a platter you get the jewel-toned raspberry gelatin on top and the creamy layer below. Fun!
ingredients for cranberry mousse salad


Directions for this “salad” are simple. Just be patient at the end and allow a few hours for setting up. To make cranberry mousse salad, combine half the orange juice, cranberry sauce and Jell-O in a sauce pan and cook until the gelatin completely dissolves.
pouring orange juice into the cranberry mixture

Fresh Cranberries!

Then remove from heat and add the chopped fresh cranberries and remainder of the orange juice. Refrigerate until this partially sets.
fresh whipping cream

Fresh whipping cream!

Meanwhile, beat your fresh whipping cream until soft peaks form.
fresh whipping cream mixing into the festive cranberry mixture

Gently folding …

Next, gently fold the whipping cream into the partially set gelatin until everything is combined. Take care to retain as much air as possible in the whipped cream.
Jell-O ring mold filled the cranberry mousse

Pouring into a mold

Pour into a ring mold or in a serving bowl. Let this set 4-6 hours or over night. If you use a mold, you can loosen the gelatin by placing the sealed mold in warm water for about 15 seconds. Then invert on a platter.


Garnish the cranberry mousse any way you’d like–mint leaves, cranberries, etc. Keep the salad refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.
Holiday salad at it's best! Cranberry mousse salad is served
Cranberry Mousse Salad is a throw-back to the Jell-O salads of days gone by. No matter, we love it anyway! We think you will to.

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Yield: 12-16

Cranberry Mousse Salad

Cranberry Mousse Salad

A pretty cranberry jello salad with sweet=tart flavor and creamy texture.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) package raspberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped fine


  1. In a saucepan combine 1 1/4 cups of orange juice, raspberry gelatin and cranberry sauce.
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin completely dissolves.
  3. Take off heat and add the remaining orange juice.
  4. Chop fresh cranberries until fine, then add to the gelatin.
  5. Pour into a bowl and chill until partially set.
  6. Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  7. Gently fold into gelatin mixture.
  8. Pour into a ring mold or serving bowl and refrigerate for about 6 hours or over night. (You can make this one day ahead.)
  9. To remove from mold, place sealed mold in warm water for 15-20 seconds. Loosen edges and invert onto serving. plate.
  10. Garnish as desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 8mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

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