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A large bowl of cranberry salsa with tortilla chips

Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry salsa is such a deliciously fun and flavorful holiday appetizer or condiment, which we love spooned over cream cheese and served with crackers. This quick and easy recipe only takes about 5 minutes to make, and your friends and family will devour it!
Course Appetizers, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas dinner, party food, thanksgiving dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 55kcal


  • Food processor (see Notes)


  • 1 12-ounce bag cranberries fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • ½ cup green onions roughly chopped, about 6 green onions or 1 regular bunch
  • 1-2 jalapeño pepper(s) with seeds, minced; see Notes
  • juice of 1 lime about 2 tablespoons
  • cup white sugar see Notes
  • 1 pinch salt

To Serve

  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese softened, optional
  • Ritz crackers
  • tortilla chips


  • Add cranberries, cilantro, green onions, jalapeño pepper(s), lime juice, sugar, and salt to bowl of food processor fitted with medium blade.
    Ingredients for cranberry salsa in food processor bowl
  • Pulse until ingredients have been chopped to medium consistency. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator if not eating immediately. Serve at room temperature.
    Cranberry salsa in food processor bowl


  • Food Processor: No food processor? No problem. You can make this salsa by chopping all of the ingredients very well, then stirring them together with the sugar, salt, and lime juice.
  • Jalapeños: For a milder salsa, remove the seeds from the jalapeño before mincing.
  • Make it Added-Sugar Free: Use granular Swerve, monk fruit, or a similar sugar substitute. Note that different substitutes vary in sweetness; start with 1-2 tablespoons then taste and add more sweetener if needed.
  • Make it Paleo: Use coconut sugar or monk fruit instead of white sugar, and serve with paleo-friendly crackers and a cashew cream cheese.
  • Make it Keto: Use granular Swerve or monk fruit instead of white sugar. Serve with keto-friendly crackers and full-fat cream cheese.
Recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including cream cheese, crackers, or tortilla chips. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 8. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 12g