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Cranberry Salsa Recipe – the Best Holiday Appetizer!

Delight your taste buds with this vibrant cranberry salsa recipe, a festive twist on a classic dip. The perfect holiday appetizer!

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

The best cranberry salsa recipe – delicious, fresh ingredients combined to make the perfect holiday appetizer!

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This recipe is a festive addition to any holiday dish and is especially amazing when served over a plate of warm, melty brie cheese. It’s super easy to make and simple to prepare in minutes this holiday season!

Cranberry salsa is a staple in our home around the holidays! It’s great to serve on charcuterie boards and pairs nicely with cream cheese and Eves Crackers at holiday parties.

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

The combination of sweet and spicy flavours of this salsa gives any dish an extra kick. I especially love the look of the fresh jalapeno peppers and fresh cranberries all diced together for a festive addition to any plate.

It’s a fun twist on a more traditional cranberry sauce – this spicy cranberry salsa may quickly become your favorite appetizer!

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry salsa recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Green onion stalks, diced
  • Jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • Limes, juiced
  • Swerve granulated sweetener (or white sugar)
  • Fresh ginger, minced
  • Salt

This recipe makes about two and a half cups of fresh salsa depending on the size of your vegetables and cranberries. I like to use swerve sweetener to make this a low carb cranberry salsa but white sugar can be used when not counting carbs.

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe Ingredients

Instructions:

  1. Purchase ingredients at the grocery store then wash and prepare them.
The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe Process

2. Dice the jalapeno and green onions, chop the cilantro.

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe Process

3. Combine all of the chopped ingredients, cranberries and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor.

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe Process

4. Pulse cranberries in the food processor until the salsa is finely diced. Alternatively the cranberries can be chopped finely and combined with the other ingredients rather than using a food processor for a chunkier salsa.

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cilantro and lime can be added to your liking but we always think the more cilantro, the better. Fresh cilantro and lime juice is a must have in order to get the crisp, fresh flavour that makes this the most amazing salsa!

What to dip in cranberry salsa?

Basically, anything with a salty base will be amazing with this recipe.

  • Tortilla chips
  • Ritz crackers
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Cinnamon chips
  • Eves crackers
  • Wheat thins
Cranberry Salsa Baked Brie Recipe

The best way to serve this recipe is over a warm, gooey round of brie cheese. This Cranberry Salsa Baked Brie cheese dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next holiday party or event!

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

This recipe makes a fresh and delicious spicy salsa; however you can add all sorts of things to this dish to change it up.

Optional ingredients:

  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • granny smith apple
  • lemon juice
  • white onion
  • red onion
  • apple cider vinegar
  • bell pepper
  • parsley
  • chili flakes
  • olive oil
  • orange zest

Can you can cranberry salsa?

Yes! You can preserve this cranberry salsa recipe by canning it. Simply follow the steps for canning in my Traditional Salsa Canning post.

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

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Some of my kitchen essentials:

  • I love using these mixing bowls for all of my recipes.
  • These silicone spatulas are perfect for mixing and stirring salsa ingredients.
  • This Henckel Knife is my favorite for slicing and dicing in the kitchen.
The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

How long does fresh cranberry salsa last?

Cranberry salsa will last for up to one week when sealed in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s best served after resting in the fridge for an hour or more.

It can stay at room temperature for a couple of hours before it should be covered in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge. Serve it with leftover turkey the next day and make turkey sandwiches a holiday favorite!

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

This cranberry salsa baked brie makes the perfect appetizer at our annual Elf Party. I can’t wait to serve it to friends and family with this Christmas Moscow Mule.

It’s truly one of those easy recipes that is sure to become a family favorite!

The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

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The Best Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The best cranberry salsa recipe - delicious, fresh ingredients combined to make the perfect holiday appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 head of cilantro, chopped
  • 6 green onion stalks, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup Swerve granulated sweetener (or white sugar)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • 1. Wash and prepare the ingredients.

2. Dice the jalapeno and onion, chop the cilantro.

3. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor.

4. Pulse the food processor until the salsa is finely diced. Alternatively the cranberries can be chopped finely and combined with the other ingredients rather than using a food processor for a chunkier salsa.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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