Holiday Salad Recipes

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Whether sweet or savory, a salad is the perfect complement to any holiday meal. Seasonal ingredients like cranberries can be added for a festive touch and molded jello salads are a popular favorite.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
April 18, 2012
I love the combination of the cherry pie filling and pineapple in this recipe. This is great for the holidays or any time!


  • 1 cup cherry pie filling
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can crushed pineapple (reg. size), undrained
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 container Cool Whip (12oz.)


Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, Iowa

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December 16, 2004
Cranberry Salad

This is a holiday family favorite!


  • 1 lg. pkg. raspberry Jello (dissolved)
  • 1 qt water (heat to boiling)
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 c. cranberries
  • 1 c. diced tart red apple
  • 1 orange


Grind all fruit. Add to the sugar. Mix well with sugar. Add to Jello and mold.


Cinnamon Salad

Another Christmas favorite!


  • 1 pkg. cherry Jello
  • 1 pkg. red hots candy
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 2 c. applesauce


Dissolve Jello and red hots in boiling water. Cool to room temperature before adding applesauce. Chill until set. Mix well and top salad with:

  • 1/4 c. celery
  • 1/4 c. nutmeats
  • 2 pkgs. cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. light cream

Mix well and top salad.

Watergate Salad

This is my personal holiday favorite!


  • 1 pkg. Cool Whip
  • 1 pkg. pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 lg. can crushed pineapple (undrained)
  • 1 c. miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 c. chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 c. pecans (optional)


Mix all ingredients well. Chill well before serving.

By Robin

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October 30, 2008


  • 4 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt
  • ground black pepper to taste


In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise with paprika and seasoned salt. Blend in dried cranberries, celery, bell pepper, onion, and nuts. Add chopped chicken, and mix well. Season with black pepper to taste. Chill 1 hour. Delicious and pretty!

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December 20, 2006


  • 1 package lemon gelatin (3 oz.)
  • 2 package lime gelatin (3 oz.)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup coffee cream
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained (8 oz. size)
  • 1 carton cottage cheese, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup celery, cut fine
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, cut fine
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  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. lemon flavoring


Dissolve the lemon and 1 package of lime gelatin in the 1 cup boiling water. While still warm, add the salt and mayonnaise. You'll need to use an egg beater for blending completely. When mixture is cool, and beginning to congeal, add the cream, crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, nuts, celery and cucumber. When completely firm, dissolve the remaining box of lime gelatin in 1 1/2 cup boiling water, add the lemon flavoring, and pour it over the top of the salad. Diced apple may be used as a substitute for the cucumber, if desired. This makes a large salad that will serve about 15 people.

May 18, 2013

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