Appetizer | November 21, 2017

Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry salsa has become my go-to recipe for winter. I enjoy bringing it to all parties, to all family gatherings, for appetizers or snacking. I LOVE this cranberry salsa.
A woman holding a platter of Cranberry Salsa

What Is Cranberry Salsa?

I love that it is full of rich red cranberries (full of all their healthy vitamins) I love that it is full of fresh veggies and flavors. Pair it with creamy cheese and gourmet crackers.

A large board of Cranberry Salsa on a board with cheese and toasts

The last time I made this cranberry salsa I added to a large cheese plate with several different  crackers, cheese, winter meats, olives and fruit. It was a HUGE it. Not only because of its beauty but because who on earth doesn’t walk by a cheese platter and start salivating immediately?

Cranberry Salsa on a board with olives and other fruits

How to make Cranberry Salsa

  1. Fresh Cranberries! 1 bag of fresh cranberries. If you cannot find fresh cranberries then using canned cranberries will work as a substitute. You will not need to add sugar, as the canned is already sweetened.

Ingredients for making Cranberry Salsa on a chopping board

2. Add the limes, cilantro, green onions  to the blender or food processor. Pulse until minced. Make sure it is chopped fine and the fibers of the greens are chopped.

Ingredients for making a Cranberry Salsa in a blender

3. Next add cranberries and sugar and pulse again until minced. (if desired you can also serve this cranberry salsa completely smooth)

Cranberry Salsa in a blender
4. Spread cream cheese over a platter or baking dish (an 8×8 or 9×13 would work too!)

Cream cheese getting spread on a large platter
5. After the cream cheese is spread evenly- top with the chopped cranberry salsa.

Cranberry Salsa getting poured on top of cream cheese

Make ahead instructions

This is an easy and great dish to make ahead, or if you need something that will be easy for transport this is your guy! Make your cranberry salsa before and seal it in an air tight dish. Save the cream cheese for right before serving. Spread on the platter and top with the salsa from the air tight dish. If you are serving/traveling within a 30-60 minute window it is fine to combine the cream cheese and salsa on platter/dish.

Cranberry Salsa on a large white serving plate


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5 from 2 votes
Cranberry Salsa
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Delicious, fruity and flavorful this cranberry salsa is perfect for entertaining!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Appetizer, Cranberry Salsa, cranberry sauce
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • *OR 1 can of whole cranberries in sauce found by your pie fillings in the baking isle
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch green onions 4-5
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 limes juiced 2-3 tbsp
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  1. Mix jalapeño, cilantro, green onions in a food processor or blender, add salt, and lime juice.
  2. Pulse until minced
  3. Add Cranberries and sugar. Pulse until minced also.
  4. Drain salsa of excess liquid in a fine mesh strainer.
  5. In a serving dish smooth cream cheese out & pour cranberry salsa over.
  6. Serve chilled with tortilla chips or crackers.
  7. *3/4 cup of sugar ONLY IF USING FRESH CRANBERRIES. If using the canned omit the sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last year to take to a family Christmas party and it was DEVOURED! My husband has already has requested I make it as an appetizer on Thanksgiving this year! It seems so fancy, it’s really pretty, and it’s so easy!