Cranberry Margarita Molded Salad

Cranberry Margarita Molded Salad
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Makes 10 servings


1 6-ounce package wild strawberry-flavored gelatin dessert mix
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1 8-ounce container frozen sliced sweetened strawberries, thawed slightly
1 10-ounce can frozen margarita mix, thawed
1/2 cup tequila, optional


Spray 6-cup gelatin mold with nonstick cooking spray.*

Combine gelatin dessert mix and boiling water in a large bowl, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Place cranberry sauce in a small bowl and beat with a fork until smooth. Stir into gelatin mixture. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Pour into mold. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or until serving time.

When ready to serve, dip mold into warm water for 7 to 10 seconds or until gelatin loosens. Place serving plate on top of mold, invert and remove mold.

Makes 10 servings.

*Serving Variation:

For individual servings, dip the rims of 10 margarita glasses in Cranberry Sugar 2 or 3 times or until rims are thickly coated with cranberry sugar. (No need to moisten rims first.). Prepare molded salad recipe as directed, and divide salad mixture into glasses. Store in refrigerator. Just before serving, garnish each glass with a lime twist.

Cranberry Sugar:

Place 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons fresh cranberries in a food processor. Process until smooth and evenly-colored. Spoon sugar into shallow dish.


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A Christmas standard

Cindy from Atlanta, Georgia

My family requests this every Christmas. I cut the marguarita mix in half and add an equivalent amount of water (we don't use the tequila) and I've never had a problem with it not setting up. I fix it in a serving bowl and don't mold it.

Very Good

Anonymous from Alpine, WY

I tried this recipe but cut back on the Margarita Mix by half - it set up fine the first time. The second time I followed the recipe and it did not set-up - so I recommend halving the mix...and the result is delicious.


Susan from Salinas, CA

Mmmmmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmm Good

Something missing?


I followed the recipe and it didn't setup. I think some instructions are missing or the test kitchen didn't make it themselves. I added the tequila.

Cranberry Margarita Molded Salad

Jan from South Milwaukee, WI

I was VERY disappointed in this recipe. I tried to double it and it was so soupy I realized it wouldn't set up. I tried making a single recipe. Having made it at 5 p.m. and by the next morning at 7 a.m. it still didn't set (Thanksgiving Day). I ended up making a totally different recipe. We used it as a slush so as not to let it go to waste. I was verry disappointed.

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