While I origianlly got this recipe from my Grandmother, I have since tweaked it a bit to make it my own. It's in big demand on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If it were up to my 16 year old daughter, I would be making it every week. I already know this will be one of the recipes she will be keeping for her file. It's very simple and can be made a couple days ahead of time. So enjoy:
1 package of raspberry flavored gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 small can of mandarin oranges-drained
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple-drained
1 can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
1 Granny Smith apple-peeled & chopped
1/4 chopped nuts (I prefer walnuts, but can use pecans)
1. Dissolve the raspberry gelatin in the hot water in large bowl. Stir in the cold water. Chill in the refrigerator until partially set (about 45 minutes)
2. Fold in mandarin oranges, pineapple, cranberry sauce, apple, & nuts.
3. Pour into serving dish or mold and chill until firm.
Suggestions for presentation:
On salad plate, make a bed of lettuce, cut a square of the cranberry salad. Make a mixture of mayonaise sweetened with sugar and place a teaspoon on the lettuce next to the salad.