Cranberry Salsa

I’m always thankful for simple, easy dishes that please everyone!  Several years back I made this salsa on a whim to add another appetizer for Thanksgiving.  I thought I’d throw in one more little something that didn’t require a lot of time or effort to prepare.  And imagine that, the most simple of the appetizers became the hit!  Over and over again I was asked for the recipe and requested to bring it for holiday parties.

The appeal I believe is in its festive color, its unique tart and spicy taste and, that it’s healthy!  Among all the other rich foods of the day, a nice refreshing taste of cranberry salsa just fits right in.  I’ve served this after dinner as well, while everyone is gathered around watching football and supposedly stuffed and there they go, having a scoop or two or more of cranberry salsa and chips!   I’ve also served it as a side salsa, adding in some finely diced pineapple, with grilled salmon and shrimp, complimenting them both well.

I’m also always thankful for my blogger friends.  I do not personally know any of them, but have come to appreciate and value each one for their individuality, style and friendship they have shown through their kind comments and sharing of bits of their lives through their posts.  Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Liebster Award from Karen at Back Road Journal.    While I did receive this before, it’s always touching to know someone has thought of you!  It’s now my turn to pass it on again to a few up and coming bloggers that I’ve enjoyed visiting their blog and I hope you  will as well!

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Cranberry Salsa

1 12oz bag of fresh cranberries

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 bunch green onions, roughly cut

1 jalapeno, seed and chopped

2 limes, juiced and zest from one

½ teaspoon Kosher Salt

Few grinds of black pepper

1-2 tablespoons agave to taste for sweetness

Combine all in the food processor and process finely or to your preference for scooping consistency.  Sweeten to taste with the agave, or if you prefer, sugar.  Can be made a day ahead of time and does improve in flavor when made ahead.  Serve at room temperature with salsa chips.

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42 thoughts on “Cranberry Salsa

    1. OMG, you’re right….that sounds very much like an overly tart “pucker up” taste, but it honestly isn’t! The agave sweetens it and the jalepeno adds a kick. If you make it, you’ll have to let me know if you puckered up!!

  1. Oh Lisa! You are just blowing me away with these recipes. This looks so good. I’m certainly making this one for Thanksgiving or maybe the day after to eat with leftovers! (I’ve been hoarding, I mean stocking up on cranberries.) 😉

  2. I’ve become somewhat obsessed with cranberries lately… this will be a welcome change from the super sweet relishes and crisps I’ve been stuffing my family with. 🙂
    Do you think I could use frozen cranberries?

  3. This is another great dish, Linda. Man, I wish i could get a glimpse of your Thanksgiving table I bet it’s really special! Just look at the colors in this salsa, the chips, and the serving platter/bowl. Yep, really special.

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  4. Linda, the colours on your photo are stunning! It sounds like a very original and delicious salsa recipe! (I also use often agave syrup as a sweetener).

  5. Hi Linda, Thank you for passing the award on to some great bloggers. Isn’t it funny that no matter how full people say they are, there is always room for chips and salsa. And boy what chips and salsa this is…great sounding and looking.

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  6. Awesome sounding salsa Linda. I’m in a real salsa mood these days. Feels like everything’s turning to root vegetables and bland tastes so I’m eager to keep my taste-buds whipped into shape with a bit of a kick! What are those chips btw…. they look intriguing!

  7. Linda, this is such a beautiful photo. Well balanced and full of ‘want to dive in’ colour… What an original idea too – I would have never thought of making a cranberry salsa and I just love it and its versatility. I continue to take careful notes for Christmas! 🙂

  8. I just wanted to say that I made this salsa about four months ago, and this was my first salsa recipe that I ever tried making super super simple, but I would recommend that you do make it the day before you need it so that as it sits u can try and add more sugar if need be. But other than that it was a big hit at the party i made it for 🙂

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