Spicy Crunchy Cranberry Salad with Pecans Recipe

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and what is Thanksgiving dinner without cranberries?

A theme of this blog is that often the best recipes are also the simplest, and Texas Pepper Jelly’s recipe for Thanksgiving cranberry salad is super simple, super delicious, and full of spicy cranberry goodness and Texas delights!


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice, pulpy
  • 1 cup white sugar (you can use Truvia)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup Apple Cranberry Rib Candy (or Pomegranate Cranberry Rib Candy)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 package raspberry Jell-O mix (powdered)
  • 1 1/2 cup VERY hot water

What to do:

Grind the cranberries (we use a pastry blender because we like the big lumps and we cannot lie!) Add the orange juice, sugar, pecans, celery, pineapple, and Apple Cranberry Rib Candy and stir well.

Combine the hot water and Jell-O and mix thoroughly. Add to above mixture and mix again. Chill.

Keeps in the refrigerator for about a week, but don’t count on any leftovers. There aren’t usually any.

This spicy cranberry salad isn’t actually a dessert even though your family will think it is. The list of ingredients tells you that it’s made of good nutritious foods, and it’s actually a salad fit to serve with the main dishes.

Some people don’t grind the cranberries at all. We’ve tried this recipe that way and while we liked the whole cranberries, kids seem to prefer the ground-up version. Your call.

you can also add a handful of raisins when you make this salad. We don’t. Again, your call.

More Thanksgiving ideas to come! Stay tuned right here!

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