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Fresh Cranberry Salsa (Tart & Sweet)

Cranberry Salsa is a fun and festive spread that is easily put together in less than 5 minutes! Just a few fresh ingredients you will have a stunning salsa for the holiday season that you can use a ton of different ways!

bowl of cranberry salsa

Cranberry Salsa

I love the holidays, especially because you can find fresh cranberries in the store again!

These fresh and tart berries are perfect for a million different uses. I love it on my leftover turkey sandwich but it’s also great over a block of softened cream cheese with some crackers.

You can also spoon it over some brie and bake it for an amazing holiday appetizer.

It looks totally fancy and takes less than 5 minutes to throw together, making you look like a star!

I love it spread over some fluffy cream cheese for a cranberry dip (one of my favorite holiday appetizers) alongside this cranberry sangria! They will be the stars of your holiday parties.

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ingredients for salsa in a bowl

Ingredients Needed

Cranberries – Cranberry season is mid to late October and that’s when fresh cranberries start appearing in my grocery store! Fresh or frozen cranberries work best for this recipe. Canned cranberry sauce will not work in this recipe.

Sugar – Use plain white granulated sugar for this recipe. You can also use honey in a pinch if you need to.

Green Onions – I love these sliced thin in the salsa and then sprinkled on top for a garnish.

Ginger – Fresh ginger is best for this! You can find a knob in the produce department. Store it wrapped in a paper towel or in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator. Then grate on a zester when ready to use.

Jalapeno – I like the kick of heat this gives the salsa. Take out the seeds and remove the ribs to keep the heat in check. You can also leave them out altogether if you don’t like the spice.

Cilantro – Fresh is best!

How to make Cranberry Salsa

FIRST: Rinse and drain cranberries, discard any that are soft or bruised. Add to food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

SECOND: Slice the green onions, grate the ginger, chop the jalapeno and cilantro. Add to the finely chopped cranberries.

THIRD: Mix in the 1/2 cup of sugar and lime juice. Mix to combine. Taste to see if the flavors are good. Not sweet enough? Add more sugar 1 teaspoon at a time.

FOURTH: Cover bowl of cranberry mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate to let the flavors develop, the salsa will initially be bitter so allowing it to sit will let it sweeten before serving.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How long does it last?

You can store this fresh salsa in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container. It is great for so many dishes.

Want to enjoy it year round? Buy a couple extra bags of fresh cranberries and store them in the freezer until ready to make them.

How to Use Fresh Ginger

You can find a knob of fresh ginger in the produce section. Scrape the brown papery skin off the ginger with a spoon or vegetable peeler.

Grate it on a microplane or zester. Use fresh grated ginger immediately.

Ways to Enjoy

  • with buttery crackers (Ritz crackers or Club are my favorite but some like Wheat Thins or tortilla chips.)
  • top brie and bake
  • spread it on all those leftover turkey sandwiches
  • top some bruschetta
  • pour over a block of cream cheese for a quick and easy appetizer
salsa on cream cheese

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Chop the jalapeno peppers, green onions, and cilantro in a small food processor first before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
  • To keep the salsa from getting too spicy, remove the ribs and seeds from the peppers before adding to salsa.
  • Scrape the skin off the ginger with a spoon before grating.
  • Use fresh lime juice and lime zest. Here are some tips for zesting limes.
  • The longer this sits, the better the flavor. Also, the cranberries will release water. You might need to drain/stir the salsa before serving.

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bowl of salsa with text "fresh cranberry salsa"

This fresh cranberry salsa recipe is quick and easy to make and look fabulous at any holiday party! You can also use it for topping leftover turkey sandwiches or on pork chops!

bowl of salsa

Fresh Cranberry Salsa

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This fresh and tart Cranberry Salsa is quick and easy to make will make a festive holiday appetizer!


  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 3 green onions (sliced with white parts removed)
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (washed, dried)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (seeded, chopped fine)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Rinse and drain the fresh cranberries.
  2. Grate ginger and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, add the cranberries and pulse to mince. Do not over mince or it will be mushy.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together blended cranberries, sliced green onions, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and ginger.
  5. Add sugar and lime juice. Mix to combine.
  6. Cover bowl and refrigerate to let the flavors develop.
  7. Serve!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Can’t wait to try this cranberry cheese ball . Although I can’t eat cilantro. Taste like soap,so would I be ok without it. Nina


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Absolutely! I have the same problem. It's a genetic thing... I substitute parsley or leave it out all together.

Kimberly Goodall

Friday 4th of November 2022

What's the white stuff in the recipe?


Friday 4th of November 2022

There is fresh ginger and then in a picture lower in the post is the salsa over a block of cream cheese

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