Cranberry Salsa

This is a quick and easy salsa recipe made with fresh cranberries, apples, ginger, scallions, cilantro, and chilies that is especially good with turkey (see our turkey tacos), but can be used with any dish that calls for fresh salsa.

Cranberries are only in season for a short time in the fall. Once they appear in the supermarket, fresh in bags, snatch them up while you can. They will last frozen for a few months, but even then, after a few months they will begin to get a bit iffy, so fall really is the time to enjoy whole cranberries. I tried to find frozen cranberries at our local grocer in February with no luck.

Cranberry Salsa

Updated from the recipe archive. First posted in 2007.

Cranberry Salsa Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes a little over one cup of salsa

Most of the ingredients are roughly chopped because they will be going into a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, grate the ginger and finely chop or mince the cranberries, apple, chile, green onions, and cilantro.



  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 an apple, peeled, cored, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño (or serrano) chile, seeds removed, roughly chopped (less or more to taste, depending on how hot the chile is and how hot you would like your salsa to be)
  • 2 green onions (scallions), chopped, including light green parts (about 1/4 cup)
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp peeled chopped ginger
  • 1 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • Dash of salt


1 Place the cranberries, apple, chile, green onions, sugar, cilantro, ginger, lime juice and salt (all of the ingredients) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until everything is finely chopped and well blended.

2 Let the salsa sit for at least 15 minutes for the sugar in the salsa to soften the chopped cranberries. Store chilled in an airtight container until ready to serve. Serve with chips or as a side to pork, chicken, turkey, or steak. You can also place a dollop over a cracker that has been spread with cream cheese for an appetizer.

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  • Andrew Cybulska

    I saw this recipe as I was heading out the door to the grocery store, so I picked up everything and made it with my girl when I got home. It was absolutely delicious. I ended up using an entire serrano chili (Andrew likes his salsa hot!)

  • Susan from Food Blogga

    I agree with you–there is nothing quite as satisfyingly tart as fresh cranberries. I just bought another 3 pound bag a couple of days ago, and I plan on trying this salsa. Thanks!

  • Diane

    I definitely would like to try this salsa but what do you do if you don’t have a grinder or food processor? Can you cook them first?

    Note from Elise: Do you have a blender? You can chop by hand but it will be extremely tedious. This is a raw salsa, not a cooked salsa. I have no idea what this would taste like cooked, but if you added some jalapeno and lime to cranberry sauce, that would give you some idea.

  • Julia

    A wonderful addition to this salsa is hazelnuts chopped very finely. I make it every year. I chop the cranberries in a food processor, then add the other ingredients.

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