Cranberry Salsa | A New Salsa Recipe

This sweet and tangy cranberry salsa turns a traditional salsa on its head. Bringing the smells and tastes of the season straight to your chicken taco!

cranberry salsa

I love making this salsa during the holiday season. Fresh cranberries are easy to find and bring such an aroma to a kitchen when preparing this salsa.

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I’ve been making cranberry salsa for a while now, and this year, I decided to serve it with our traditional employee holiday appreciation lunch. I served it up in individual containers so everyone had their own. It was a big hit and many asked for the recipe.

cranberry salsa served individually


This recipe is as easy as washing up the produce ingredients and chopping everything up. I love using my little kitchen aid mixer for this job. I did dial back on the jalepenos this time, but usually leave it most of the seeds for a bit of a kick.

making salsa

The best way to serve cranberry salsa is with a heap of salty tortilla chips.


Don’t just stop with mexican food, cranberry salsa is tasty on hot dogs, with turkey or over top of a baked potato.

ingredients for salsa


  • Flavor Additions. Other ingredients that pair nicely with cranberries include apple, pear, mint, orange, and cinnamon. Try adding some of these to your fresh salsa to experiment with flavors.
  • Cream Cheese. One of my readers said they make this recipe and mix it with softened cream cheese or mascarpone cheese. It’s a heavenly way to serve it! Grab a block of cream cheese, or just serve it with cream cheese and crackers.
  • The Peppers. I’m using jalapeno peppers, which are my favorite peppers for this recipe. They have a nice level of heat for most people and I love the flavor. If you’re looking for a milder version, either core out the jalapenos before using them, or use bell peppers instead for a no-heat version. If you’d like a spicier version, bring in a serrano pepper, or several, or use spicier peppers, like a habanero pepper. Did I hear somebody say ghost pepper? I know some might be into this kinda heat, but I’m good with the jalepeno.

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cranberry salsa

The BEST Cranberry Salsa

This tangy and sweet Cranberry Salsa is the best holiday twist on a traditional favorite.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer


  • Food Processor


  • 1 lb. Cranberries
  • 1/4 C. Peeled Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno (take seeds out for less heat)
  • 1 Lime (juice + zest)
  • 1 1/4 C. Sugar
  • 1 Bunch Scallions or 1/2 Large Red Onion
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro (remove most of stems)


  • Rinse produce.
  • Chop all produce in a chopper, add lime juice, zest and sugar, stir and serve with chips or crackers!


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  1. Uh, that looks really good and sounds yummy. You are always so creative!


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