Get this recipe for yummy fresh cranberry salsa if you want to be the one to bring the simplest and most delicious dish to the next holiday party!

This cranberry salsa will make you feel like a celebrity. At least it did for Brian.

He brought it to several events last week and every time, he returned with accounts of people mobbing him for the recipe, weeping at the fear he wouldn’t share it and kissing his feet when he did (accounts may have been ever so slightly dramatized).

A scoop of cranberry salsa on top of a tortilla chip.

It is probably the yummiest, simplest thing you can make this holiday season eliciting the same type of reaction that might happen if you made a life sized Santa caricature out of cheesecake and chocolate (can we all commit to each other just not to go there, ever?).

People go crazy over this stuff. And it couldn’t be easier: toss everything in a blender or food processor and chop choppity chop.

You could also get wild and crazy and serve it at Thanksgiving instead of a more traditional cranberry sauce.

Don’t let the fresh cranberry season get away from you without making this. I won’t tell if you decide to make it and keep it all to yourself.

A white platter with a ramekin of cranberry salsa and tortilla chips.

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Yummy Fresh Cranberry Salsa

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  • 1 (12-ounce) package (340 g) fresh cranberries
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ medium red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ large red pepper, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup (159 g) granulated sugar
  • cup (75 g) no-sugar added applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (use the seeds if you want more heat)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined (and it is the texture you want).
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to give the flavors a chance to meld. It can be made and refrigerated for up to a week or longer.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


Chopping: if your blender or food processor is on the small side and doesn’t chop up large batches of ingredients very well, consider chopping the ingredients separately or in batches and then combining in a bowl.
Serving: 1 Serving, Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 148mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 24g

Recipe Source: adapted slightly (and recipes combined) from a recipe my Aunt Marilyn sent me as well as one sent to me by Kristin R. several years ago