Holiday Salad Recipes

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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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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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.

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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.

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May 18, 2013

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