Cranberry Sour Cream Salad

Cranberry Sour Cream Salad

A Blast from the Past: Cranberry Sour Cream Salad (1978)

Step back in time to 1978 with this delightful Cranberry Sour Cream Salad, a recipe unearthed from the pages of the Shreveport Times on September 14th of that year. This retro gem is a treasure trove of textures and flavors, sure to evoke nostalgia and impress your taste buds.

Imagine the vibrant crimson of cherry Jell-O, its sweetness playing against the tart tang of whole cranberry sauce. Then there’s the satisfying crunch of chopped celery, adding a refreshing counterpoint to the creamy richness of sour cream. And don’t forget the chopped nuts, their toasty aroma and subtle earthiness tying everything together.

This salad is more than just a collection of ingredients; it’s a time capsule, a taste of a bygone era when kitchens were filled with experimentation and Jell-O molds reigned supreme. It’s perfect for potlucks, holiday gatherings, or a delightful weeknight side dish.

Here’s what makes this Cranberry Sour Cream Salad special:

  • Sweet and tart: The cherry Jell-O and cranberry sauce offer a playful balance, making your taste buds dance happily.
  • Creamy and crunchy: The luxurious sour cream base is studded with pops of crisp celery and nutty goodness, creating an irresistible textural contrast.
  • Retro charm: This recipe is a trip down memory lane, evoking a simpler time when food was fun and unpretentious.
  • Easy to make: No fancy ingredients or complicated techniques required. Just a few simple steps, and you’re heading to Jell-O heaven.


Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a kitchen novice, this Cranberry Sour Cream Salad is sure to become a beloved staple. So grab your vintage mold, dig out that box of cherry Jell-O, and whip up a taste of the past!


  • For a smoother texture, puree the cranberry sauce before adding it.
  • Get creative with the nuts! Pecans, walnuts, or even almonds would work beautifully.
  • Serve chilled for the best flavor and texture.


Enjoy this delicious blast from the past!

Cranberry Sour Cream Salad

Cranberry Sour Cream Salad
A vintage handwritten recipe card for a Cranberry Sour Cream Salad made with cherry gelatin, hot water, whole cranberry sauce, celery, chopped nuts, and sour cream.
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  • 1 pkg cherry gelatin 3-ounce package
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Combine gelatin and hot water; let congeal slightly.
  • Mix cranberry sauce, nuts, celery, and sour cram and stir into gelatine mixture.
  • Pour into a mold and refigerate.

Kitchen Helper 2

Salad Mold 1
Salad Mold 2
Large Mixing Bowl
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry, Jell-O


Recipe from the Shreveport Times; September 14, 1978.

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