November 24, 2015 | Issue #584

Cranberry Apple Salsa

Cranberry Apple Salsa

Holiday Cranberry Salsa

Dress up your holiday table with a cranberry side that’s not in the shape of a can. This classic raw relish combines fresh cranberries, Fuji apple, lime juice and spicy jalapeño. Its sweetness means remarkably little sugar is needed to offset the tartness of the cranberries. Serve with whole grain crackers before the big meal or alongside some of our other favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Makes 8 (1/4 cup) Servings.

Per serving: 36 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat),
9 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 1.5 g dietary fiber, 2 mg sodium.


  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries, or frozen, unsweetened
  • 1/2 medium Fuji apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 strips (1-inch x 1/2-inch) lime zest, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, without seeds, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. turbinado/raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • Salt


In food processor, pulse cranberries just until coarsely chopped. Add apple, onion, lime zest, jalapeño, sugar and lime juice. Pulse (quick pulses) until salsa is still slightly chunky, about 15-20 times.

Add cilantro and pulse until it is chopped but not mushy, about 10 times, stopping to scrape down bowl as needed. Season with a bit of salt, just to lift flavors.

Let salsa sit 20 minutes for flavors to marry. Serve same day.

Grocery List

  • • Fresh cranberries
  • • Fuji apple
  • • Red onion
  • • Lime zest
  • • Jalapeño pepper
  • • Turbinado/raw sugar
  • • Lime juice
  • • Cilantro leaves
  • • Salt

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