This sweet and spicy Cranberry Salsa makes the perfect holiday appetizer that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and can be easily made in just minutes!

This sweet and spicy Cranberry Salsa makes the perfect holiday appetizer that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and can be easily made in just minutes!

Note: This Holiday Cranberry Salsa  first appeared on the blog on December 20, 2012 and we love it so much that I wanted to update it with bright new photos!

You guys, this Holiday Cranberry Salsa is definitely a family favorite!  My family usually ends up at my house the evening of Christmas Eve and rather than a big dinner (since we eat earlier in the day at my Grandma’s) I like to make a bunch of festive appetizers.  This salsa is so fun to serve because you can display it with crackers and baguette slices like I did here and make it look like a wreath by adding some greenery or, my personal favorite, you can display it on a cheeseboard and top it on some brie!

This sweet and spicy Cranberry Salsa makes the perfect holiday appetizer that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and can be easily made in just minutes!

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Jalapeños
  • Green onions (you could use red onion too if you prefer)
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar (I prefer this with regular sugar, but you could also use honey)
  • Salt

I also like to add a little orange zest too to punch of the flavor, but this is totally optional.  And yes, I did add sugar to this, but hey it’s the holidays, right??  I’ve tried substituting the sugar for honey and while it’s not bad, I just really prefer this salsa with regular sugar.

HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY SALSA

This really is super easy to throw together which is great when you’re short on time!  I like to make this the morning of Christmas Eve and let all the flavors marinate before serving that evening.  To make this you simply throw all your ingredients into a food processor and blend!  Super quick, easy and tastes delicious!  If you want this cranberry salsa less spicy, feel free to omit the jalapeños or just use one small one.

This sweet and spicy Cranberry Salsa makes the perfect holiday appetizer that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and can be easily made in just minutes!

OTHER HOLIDAY RECIPES

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RECIPE

Holiday Cranberry Salsa

This sweet and spicy Cranberry Salsa makes the perfect holiday appetizer that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and can be easily made in just minutes!

Yield: 12 servings 1x
Scale
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse cranberries, orange zest, jalapeños, green onions and cilantro until finely chopped.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and mix in lime juice, sugar and salt, cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Notes

*Recipe adapted from Southern Living

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1/12th of recipe
  • Calories: 41
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 49.6 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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