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Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad

This quick and easy Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad is a delicious sweeter alternative to cranberry sauce, and it’s also a yummy side dish, snack, or dessert any time of the year!

If you’ve got some eaters at your Thanksgiving table that don’t love the tartness of cranberry sauce, serve up a bowl of this jello salad and watch them gobble it up!

In our family, we call this The Red Jello Salad because there is also The Green Jello Salad. Both recipes come from David’s grandma Bertha and are always on every holiday menu.

And it wouldn’t be a proper holiday dinner if we all didn’t have the traditional debate over which one is better.

The green jello salad most definitely evokes the strongest opinions. They either love it (hello, that’s me!) or they hate it.

This one, the red jello salad, on the other hand, is loved by everyone. It’s so simple and so delicious!

It comes together in just a few quick minutes. Then all you have to do is let it sit in the fridge until it’s set. Done!

small bowl of cherry applesauce jello salad with a spoon on the side

Ingredients you need:

  • Cherry Jell-O
  • Water
  • Applesauce

Here’s a look at how to make Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad:

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two images showing the steps to make cherry applesauce jello salad
two images showing how to make cherry applesauce jello salad

Tips & Tidbits:

  • You will need 4 to 6 hours for this to set up. I just make it the day before and let it sit overnight.
  • Jarred applesauce is absolutely fine, but it’s even better with Homemade Applesauce.
  • Raspberry Jell-O is also very good, as is strawberry or even cranberry. In fact, you could change it up and make it with any flavor you want!
  • It’s not just for Thanksgiving! We also enjoy having a bowl of this salad in the fridge for a quick snack or a light dessert all year long.
  • I like this recipe as is, but I have seen similar recipes where people put cinnamon Red Hot candies in it (about ½ cup, melted in the boiling water before adding it to the Jell-O). Might be worth a try too if that’s your thing!
spoonful of cherry applesauce jello salad over a bowl of salad

You might want to make a double batch, because a spoonful of this deliciousness on everybody’s plate might not be enough!

Oh, and if you still want to make some cranberry sauce, check out my Pineapple-Orange Cranberry Sauce. One word: Yum!

And be sure to check out all of my side dish recipes and salad recipes for more ideas for your holiday dinners!

I hope you try this recipe for Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad

This quick and easy Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad is a delicious sweeter alternative to cranberry sauce, and it's also a yummy side dish, snack, or dessert any time of the year!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill/Set Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 (about ¼ cup each; recipe makes about 2 cups total)
Estimated Calories: 63

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-ounce) box cherry Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup applesauce

Instructions

  • Place the Jell-O in a bowl.
  • Add the boiling water and stir until the Jell-O has completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the applesauce; stir until well-combined. Note: If you want, you can transfer it, at this point, to your serving bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate until set, about 4 to 6 hours (I usually just let mine sit overnight).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Raspberry Jell-O is also very good, as is strawberry or even cranberry. In fact, you could change it up and make it with any flavor you want!
  • It’s not just for Thanksgiving! We also enjoy having a bowl of this salad in the fridge for a quick snack or a light dessert all year long.
  • I like this recipe as is, but I have seen other recipes where people put cinnamon Red Hot candies in it (about ½ cup, melted in the boiling water before adding it to the Jell-O). Might be worth a try too if that’s your thing!
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Recipe Rating




Ms. Anderson

Saturday 20th of January 2024

Very easy and tasty. I made it with strawberry jello, will make it again using cherry. This will be my dessert of choice. Thank you.

Michelle

Monday 22nd of January 2024

Thank you, Ms. Anderson...so happy you enjoyed it (and I love changing up the flavors)! I appreciate you taking the time to comment and rate the recipe!

marvin

Friday 28th of October 2022

I haven't tried it yet, but how can it be anything but delicious

Michelle

Saturday 29th of October 2022

Thanks, Marvin! Hope you give it a try!

Sis

Sunday 5th of June 2022

I love this . So easy and so good My grandkids love it too!

Michelle

Sunday 5th of June 2022

So happy to hear that both you and the grandkids love it, Sis! Thank you for taking the time to comment and rate the recipe!

Lorelee Binkowski

Friday 8th of October 2021

I use Cinnamon Applesauce which takes the place of the cinnamon candies. It is delicious this way also.

Brian

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Awesome ! What more can I say - even for a bachelor to make!

Michelle

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Thanks, Brian!