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Cranberry Salsa is a simple and delicious recipe that is perfect for serving as an appetizer for a special occasion or an easy snack. This cranberry salsa over cream cheese recipe is one of our favorite holiday appetizers, made with fresh cranberries, cilantro, jalapeno and sugar for sweetness.

Looking for other delicious appetizers? Check out my recipes for Deviled Eggs, Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts or Baked Brie with Cranberries and Walnuts.

salsa made from cranberries over cream cheese

This festive cranberry salsa recipe is a great addition to your holiday spread. The perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This salsa with cranberries recipe can easily be made a day ahead, it will even taste better as the flavors have time to marinate.

Cranberry salsa is delicious served over a block of room temperature cream cheese with crackers or serve on its own with tortilla chips.

cracker topped with cream cheese and cranberry salsa

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

This salsa made with cranberries has all the flavors, it is tart, sweet and spicy, but they all work together beautifully in this simple recipe. The key ingredient to this festive salsa recipe is fresh cranberries. They are just in season around the holidays and add so much flavor to this recipe.

You will only need a few ingredients to make this simple, tasty appetizer recipe. Here’s what you will need for this cranberry salsa recipe.

  • 12 ounce package of fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 jalapeno (or more if you want it spicier)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
cranberries, cilantro, jalapeno, green onions in a food processor

How to make Cranberry Salsa

The easiest and quickest way to make fresh cranberry salsa in right in a food processor. Place all of the ingredients right into the container of your food processor.

Pulse the blade until all of the cranberries are chopped up and all of the ingredients are well combined. This will only take about 30 seconds, making this a quick and easy recipe to throw together.

cream cheese spread on a wooden platter topped with cranberry sauce

How to Serve Cranberry Salsa

Once the salsa is all chopped up in the food processor, it can be served, or you can let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving to let the flavors marinate.

To serve this easy holiday appetizer, I like to take some room temperature cream cheese and spread it out onto a serving platter. This is easy to do with an icing spatula or even just a butter knife. I feel like spreading the cheese out makes it go a little farther, because can take smaller chunks of cheese when scooping up some of the salsa.

cream cheese spread onto a wooden serving platter

Spreading the cream cheese out on the serving platter also makes it look a little more festive and fancy, than just pouring the salsa over a block of cream cheese.

Once you’ve got that cream cheese all spread out, spoon some of the salsa over the top. If you are traveling with this salsa, keep the cream cheese and salsa separate in an airtight container until just before serving.

ritz cracker topped with cream cheese and cranberry sauce

What to serve with Fresh Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Since this salsa recipe is a little sweet, spicy and tart, it goes perfect on buttery crackers. Pick up a variety of some of your favorites to serve with this cranberry recipe. We also like serving it with slices of fresh baguette, you can even toast the slices if you would like them more crunchy. Tortilla chips are also perfect topped with this salsa recipe.

Serve this salsa with a knife so your guests can spread the cream cheese easily onto the crackers of choice.

salsa made from cranberries on top of cream cheese

Fresh Cranberry Salsa Recipe

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Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry Salsa is a simple and delicious recipe that is perfect for serving as an appetizer for a special occasion or an easy snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Appetizer
Keyword: Cranberry Salsa
Servings: 10
Calories: 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cranberries fresh
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 jalapeno ribs and seed removed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to the container of a food processor. Pulse the salsa for about 30 seconds, until well chopped and combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese out onto a serving platter and top with the cranberry salsa
  • Serve with buttery crackers or sliced baguette

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate
  • This recipe can be made a day in advance, just keep the salsa and cream cheese separate until ready to serve. 
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 4 days

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Cranberry Salsa is a simple and delicious recipe that is perfect for serving as an appetizer for a special occasion or an easy snack. This cranberry salsa over cream cheese recipe is one of our favorite holiday appetizers, made with fresh cranberries, cilantro, jalapeno and sugar for sweetness.

cream cheese topped with a salsa made from cranberries

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