Cranberry Salsa

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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Cranberry Salsa

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  • Amanda

    I am thinking of taking some of this salsa to my sister’s for Thanksgiving. It is a longer trip, so I need to make it in advance. I was wondering how many days will this keep in the fridge once I have made it?

  • Crambry

    In the introduction it states that Cranberries only last a few months in the freezer. As a 3rd generation cranberry grower, I respectfully disagree. We put several gallon bags of Cranberries in the freezer every year. I used some the other day in a cranberry cake and in our thanksgiving cranberry sauce that were from 2012. They were great, no freezer burn or freezer burn flavor in either item. We use the Ziploc Gallon Freezer bags and double bag them. Cranberries are great ANY time of year and AWESOME in smoothies all year around!

  • C. Jurado

    Is this recipe different from the originally posted Cranberry Salsa? I made it years ago and I don’t remember using green onion or ginger but then again it could just be so long since I made the recipe that it had completely dropped from my mind. Please settle my memory/recipe discrepancy!

  • Karen

    Made it. Loved it! Surprisingly delish!

  • Amy @Very Culinary

    So. Smart. Love it!

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