Fresh Cranberry Salsa

Fresh Cranberry Salsa

Mix up your cranberry routine with my fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe!

Hey guys!

I have a soft spot for cranberries.  At Thanksgiving, I love the traditional jellied cranberry sauce in a can… the type that still looks like a can when you pop it out.  My Mom would always have it on our holiday table and I still buy a few cans during the holidays.  I look forward to a good ole’ slice of it every year.  I also love more creative, homemade cranberry sauces and if a salad has dried cranberries on it… count me in.  You really can’t go wrong with cranberries!  They are packed with vitamin C, A and K plus FULL of antioxidants.

I started thinking that as much as I love this perfectly tart superfood berry, I don’t cook with it enough.  So I challenged myself to come up with a new and creative way to serve it this holiday season.  My Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe was born and after trying this you will have a LOVE for this berry too.


Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe

Instead of traditional cranberry flavors, this Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe lets Mexican flavors shine!  I added cilantro, lime, jalapeno AND green onion to give this salsa lots of flavor.

You can make this salsa recipe as spicy as you’d like by using both jalapenos in the recipe… seeds and all!  Or you can remove the white parts and seeds to calm the peppers down.  If you don’t like spice at all, use just one jalapeno with the seeds and white part removed OR just substitute more green onions.  I love the way the jalapeno adds lots of flavor to the dish though.

I also love the way the red berries and green veggies get the dish into the holiday spirit.

Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe

Since the berries are very tart, I added just a small amount of regular ole’ sugar to the mix.  I did some experimenting and tried to leave it out BUT the tart berries just need a little sweetness to balance it out.  I try to limit the sugar I cook with, but in this case, I think it just needs it.

Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe

Serve this Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe with your favorite chips or crackers!

Its easy to make ahead of time for any holiday party.

What in this Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe?

This recipe is only a few simple, easy to find ingredients.

  • Cranberries
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Lime Juice
  • Sugar


Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe


How to make my Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe…

  1. Use a food processor to chop the cranberries and sugar into a salsa consistency.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Allow to chill!
  4. Serve with chips.


It easier to mince up the cranberries with a food processor but if you don’t have one, you could also do it by hand.



Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe


If you love cranberries but don’t eat them enough… this fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe is a great place to start!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.



Love fresh salsa? Also try these easy salsa recipes…


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Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe

Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe

This healthy & fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe is perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 69 kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 jalapenos, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
  • 2 limes juiced


  • Put the cranberries and sugar in a food processor and blend until you get a chunky salsa consistency.
  • Stir in the jalapenos, cilantro, green onion, and lime juice. Add additional lime, sugar or salt to taste!
  • Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite chips.


You can adjust the spice level by removing the white part and seeds of the jalapenos.  If you like it mild, just use one pepper and remove all the the white and seeds or omit alltogether.  To make it spicy use two with the seeds and white parts.


Calories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 386IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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Fresh Cranberry Salsa recipe

By | 2020-05-28T22:24:24-04:00 December 9th, 2019|All Vegetarian, Food, Snacks & Appetizers|12 Comments


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  2. Anna December 31, 2019 at 5:30 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m used to serving dishes with cranberry because I love it so much. This is one of my favorite berries. I absolutely love the way it goes with meat, poultry, cheese, pastry, and so on. It has a unique exquisite taste, so sweet and sour. By the way, I have my own recipe for cranberry sauce which can be served with all types of meat, especially with turkey. I’m thinking of posting it some time in my blog but always forget about it. It’s amazing, I assure you! It’s not mine, well, but I modified it and added a “secret” ingredient. Probably, somebody will be interested in it. I get 12 oz of cranberry, 7 oz of sugar, and put 3 tablespoons of cherry liqueur. And warm it until it’s thick. That’s all!
    I thank for this stunning recipe of cranberry salsa! I need to taste it as soon as possible!
    Happy New Year, Julie! I hope you’ll go on posting your recipes next year! I wish you plenty of ideas in 2020!

  3. [email protected] December 13, 2019 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I love salsas. In the summer I love making strawberry salsa. But this would be perfect for the winter months.

  4. Angela December 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    This is such a beautiful salsa, I love the colors! I have all the ingredients on hand, so I will give it a try!!!

  5. Farrah December 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    This looks so good! :] I’ve never had cranberry salsa before but now I definitely wanna try!

  6. Leslie December 9, 2019 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I love the transformation you gave to this Holiday berry! This is such a fun, festive twist on the traditional use of cranberries! Love it!

  7. Deborah Brooks December 9, 2019 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I love this sweet and spicy combo! What a fun way to mix things up

  8. [email protected] December 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Pinned and saved, Julie! Hope you are all well at your house now. BTW, I made some of your peanut butter cookies again this year. They are soooo good!!

  9. Lisa Ballantyne December 9, 2019 at 11:42 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Looks and sounds absolutely incredible, Julie! I have to be careful with onions because of a slight food intolerance, but recipes can be adjusted so it’s all good!

  10. Andrea on Vacation December 9, 2019 at 10:18 am - Reply

    This looks so festive! I am looking for something to bring to a dinner party on Saturday, we may have a winner!

  11. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real December 9, 2019 at 8:29 am - Reply

    This sounds so unique! I always see mango salsas but cranberry is such a fun twist on fruit salsa.

  12. Lori R December 9, 2019 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to try this it sounds amazing!

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