Cranberry Salsa

by Suzanne on October 6, 2011

in Appetizers and Snacks

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I originally posted this recipe in 2010 with What’s on my Thanksgiving table this year, but I feel like it didn’t get it’s fair shake so I thought it needed its own spotlight. I first tried this salsa when a friend Heidi Tree made it for a lunch at church.  Surprised at how good it was because of the odd ingredients, like when you see a couple together that doesn’t look like they match but after getting to know them you see why they go together so well.  This is the perfect Fall salsa to make for a party or holiday gathering, it has fresh cranberries, celery, and carrots which gives this salsa a different zing of flavor. The flavor is a little sweet from the cranberry sauce but spicy from the peppers.  I like the fresh cilantro but if you are not a fan of cilantro leave it out. Serve something different at your next get-together by making cranberry salsa.

Cranberry Salsa

1 28 oz. can of stewed tomatoes
1 small can of whole cranberry sauce or homemade
2 sticks celery chopped
8 baby carrots chopped
1 red onion chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 jalapeño seeded
1/2 bunch of cilantro
3 T. brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
4 T. spicy vinegar or red wine vinegar


Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the consistency of salsa. Chill in refrigerator until cold and serve with chips. This recipe is good without the cranberry sauce too.

Serve with tortilla chips


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1 October 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Yummy Suzanne…This festive salsa looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it.

2 Reeni October 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

This is very unique and delicious sounding Suzanne! Perfect for the upcoming holidays!

3 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious October 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hi Suzanne, I just stumbled upon your blog, and I have seen a lot of recipes that I like, such as this one. Count me in as a new fan! I never thought of making cranberries as salsa, but why not? Thanks for sharing.

4 Terri @ Terri's Table October 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

You would never think of putting these ingredients together, but it sounds delicious. Definitely giving this one a go. I bet it would be good as a sauce on turkey cutlets, too. ☺

5 Sook October 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Wow… the salsa looks so pretty… Cranberry salsa, so creative!

6 Lisa October 8, 2011 at 5:49 am

This looks so delicious, Suz. Would you believe I just started liking cranberries within the past year? I can only imagine that bite of ‘tart’ with the sweet tomatoes. Brilliant!

7 kita October 14, 2011 at 7:32 am

What an awesome salsa! I would love to serve it and not say anything to anyone letting them play the guessing game. I had never heard of cranberry salsa so I am sure it would take everyone a while to figure it out!

8 wayside wanderer October 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I am going to have to give this a try. I love all things cranberry.

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