Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Cranberry Jello Mold Salad
I know it’s not cool to admit this and I’m definitely dating myself, but I
like love Jello! Especially the molded salads made with Jell-O gelatin that you can count on to show up on holiday dinner tables all around America this time of year.
They certainly classify as “retro” or “vintage side dishes,” the topic of this month’s Recipe Redux.
Jello salads were one of my favorite side dishes growing up in the 60s and 70s. I loved their colorful, sweet, jiggly presence on our table, most often for Sunday dinners and holiday meals.
The Skinny on Molded Cranberry Jell-O Salad
I first learned to make jello salads with my grandmother, who seemed to pass on her love of them to my mother.
The flavor and ingredient combinations were endless.
Unfortunately, most of those salads, while tasty, were loaded with less than healthy stuff – sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise – for example.
Making regular appearances were orange jello with cream cheese, cool whip and mandarin oranges; lime jello with cream cheese, mayonnaise, pineapple and marshmallows; and red jello with cranberry sauce and sour cream.
So for this month’s Recipe Re-dux, I’ve decided to resurrect the jello salad of my youth, but give it a healthy makeover by removing a lot of the excess fat.
It’s an easy-to-make American cranberry classic that’s perfect for the holidays.
I made it with regular jello, but you could always use sugar-free jello instead.
According to my calculations, each serving has about 140 calories, *3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
Food snobs may be tempted to turn up their noses.
But I’m unapologetic. You like what you like.
I think a simple jello salad has the power to bring a smile to the child lurking within each of us.
Watch how easy it is to make your own holiday cranberry jello salad at home:
If you like this lightened cranberry jello salad, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Classic Macaroni Salad Made Lighter, Low-Calorie Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Slow Cooker Sausage Apple Stuffing and Lightened Up Creamy Potato Salad.
An easy and delicious cranberry jello salad - made lighter. Perfect for any holiday dinner table.
- 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, in it's own juice
- 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry flavored gelatin
- 1 can (14 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
Drain pineapple, saving the juice. Add enough water to the juice to total 1-1/4 cups of liquid. In a saucepan, bring the liquid to a boil.
Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin until it's dissolved.
Break up the cranberry sauce with a fork and stir it into the gelatin mixture.
Cool until the mixture begins to thicken and then stir in the crushed pineapple, celery and nuts.
Pour into a mold and chill until set.
Just saw a Jello salad recipe variation that includes 2 cans (6-ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained and skips the celery. May try this next time.
*3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
*8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Cranberry Recipes from my Favorite WeightWatchers Friendly Sites:
- Weight Watchers Fresh No Cook Cranberry Relish
- Slow Cooker Apple Raspberry Cranberry Sauce
- Cranberry Pear Sauce
- Simple Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce
- Homemade Cranberry Apple Sauce
- Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce
- Cranberry Pear Butter
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
- Cranberry Salsa
- Apple and Cranberry Sauce with Crystallized Ginger
- Dried Cherry Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Easy Cranberry Apple Pomegranate Sauce
Originally published 11/2012; updated 11/2016
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