Cranberry Salsa

I have been on a bit of a cranberry craze this fall.

First there were those yummy egg nog cranberry white chocolate muffins (which seriously, if you haven’t tried, you really need too!) and then the cranberry pineapple muffins which were so nice and moist.  And then I came up with the yummy cranberry cream cheese bars which were quite delightful!.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I have ever really cooked or baked with cranberries before.  Beside opening that can of cranberry relish on Thanksgiving, I had never done much with them.

I have become a cranberry convert.  So when today’s recipe came across my computer I knew I had to make it.  The recipe came from a preparedness group I am a part of and the combination of cranberries and cilantro really intrigued me.

I had a luncheon to attend today and was asked to bring some type of bread.  I made up a batch of the BEST Banana Bread and threw in a cup full of cinnamon chips which was quite a nice addition. I also decided to take the cranberry salsa because I was anxious to give it a try.


I love it when the first thing someone says after they taste something I have made is “Is this recipe on the blog?”  I know it’s a winner.

So, as promised, the recipe is now on the blog!  Besides being delicious it is so pretty!

The salsa is a wonderful combination of fresh cranberries, cilantro, green onion, lime juice, cumin and some sugar to sweeten it up.  I chopped the cranberries and cilantro up in the food processor so the salsa only takes minutes to put together.


It is optimal to make it up an hour or so in advance so the flavors can combine and meld together but feel free to eat right away.

I served it over a brick of cream cheese with crackers but it is wonderful just served as chips and salsa or just straight off a spoon!

I am excited for the next holiday party I am invited to – guess what I’m bringing!?  Want to invite me over?


Cranberry Salsa
  • In food processor combine:
  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion, about 4-6
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • In a separate bowl combine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of two limes
  • ¼ -1/2 tsp cumin powder depending on taste.
  1. Mix everything together and chill for an hour
  2. Serve over cream cheese or just with chips
  3. Also would be yummy as a side sauce with turkey, pork or chicken
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Shanna says

    This is one of my favorite holiday recipes. I’ve had it for a couple of years. I just made it last week and everyone loved it. My recipe says to soften the cream cheese and mix it with 1/2 cup of sour cream. Then put salsa over the top. I really like it with the sour cream. It’s also just great as just chips and salsa. You cannot go wrong with this recipe!!

  2. dawn says

    Have you tried Pioneer Woman’s cranberry pie? It is so delicious. It is not really a pie, but a cranberry tart with a shortbread crust.

  3. Michelle Payne says

    Oh my goodness! I can’t even begin to describe how amazingly delicious this concoction was. It was a huge hit. I made two batches of it and served it with Wheat Thins. It’s now our new favorite snack. It’s got cranberries… I LOVE cranberries!

  4. says

    If using a blender be careful to just pulse a few times – you don’t want to pulverize the cranberries, you want to have chunks. You could also just chop them by hand. Enjoy!

  5. says

    That looks inviting! I would gladly try making some as a side sauce for chicken. Now, the thought of it makes me drool. LOL . Thanks for sharing this!

  6. says

    I certainly like dishes with Cranberries, especially around the holiday season, but I hadn’t heard of this one before.

    Serving it with cheese and some crackers sounds pretty good to me.

    We’ve got a family get together coming up and I think I will give this a try.

    Thanks for providing all the good info on this.

  7. says

    Ok, I am going to make this for a snack for me and my sister. She is coming in from Long Island NY and I want to have something special tomorrow night…just a snack, not a special dinner…hahaha! she’s not that special! just kidding, of course she is!! I have to admit, I am wondering about the tartness, but I see that there is 1 cup of sugar and I read all of the reviews here and people are raving about! So I am going for it!!! I trust you! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  8. lauri says

    This sounds delicious and “different” for a Thanksgiving appetizer. Thinking a throwing in a little jalapeno, though, what do you think?


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