Holiday Cranberry Salsa

5 from 6 votes

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Holiday Cranberry Salsa is a whole mix of wonderful things! Sweet, but a little spicy. Juicy and salty with a little crunch. And super festive!

cranberry salsa

So, this Cranberry Salsa is weirdly wonderful. Sweet, but a little spicy. Juicy and salty with a little crunch. And super festive. Throw this out at a party and people will try it and then not be able to stop eating it. Why do I know this? Because it’s exactly what happened at Thanksgiving this year with my family. I got a lot of “what is this?” and then a lot of “wow, this is good!

Umm, hello! Of course it’s good 🙂 Who do you think I am?

Anyways, this is the bomb and takes no time at all to whip up…especially if you have a food processor! Here’s how you do it:

how to make cranberry salsaStart by chopping up some onion, pineapple and pomegranate arils. Why do I chop them? Putting onion and pineapple in the food processor means a stronger and watery salsa. If that’s what you want to go for, by all means–throw everything in. Totally up to you. Whatevs.

making cranberry salsaNow, we’ll throw a few fresh cranberries and a big bunch of cilantro into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it’s the size you want. I went pretty fine….because I like pressing buttons. Not even kidding.

cranberry salsaSo, once that’s all done, pour it into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir.

seasoning the salsaSqueeze in the juice of an orange along with some salt and pepper. That’s it, Cranberry Salsa! Serve with chips and enjoy! Mmmmm…..

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5 from 6 votes

Holiday Cranberry Salsa

Holiday Cranberry Salsa is a whole mix of wonderful things! Sweet, but a little spicy. Juicy and salty with a little crunch. And super festive!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups cranberries washed and stems picked out
  • 1 bunch cilantro washed
  • 2 cups pomegranate arils
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • juice of 1 orange
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 chopped jalapeño optional


  • In the bowl of a food processor, measure out cranberries and tear up cilantro leaves, removing the stems. Pulse until chopped, or desired consistency is reached.
  • Pour into a large bowl and stir with remaining ingredients. Stir and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon into large bowl and serve with tortilla chips.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 30.3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry salsa, holiday
5 from 6 votes (1 rating without comment)

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  1. Leigh Tinsley

    This salsa looks awesome! How many pomegranates did you use to get 2 cups of arils?

    And I’m signed up for your emails – thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  2. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    OMG, Bieber on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was so weird! Especially since he kept checking out the models’ booties! Come on Biebs!

  3. Jennifer

    So there I was pulsing almonds last night when my food processor DIED. Kaput. Will never work again (it was 15 years old after all). Fast forward to this morning when I open my email… HELLO Cuisinart giveaway. OK, so we Canadian folk don’t qualify but that didn’t stop me from heading over to the Cuisinart website and checking out this beauty. I do believe I’m in love.

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  4. Baker Becky

    OMG….my teenage son made me watch the VS fashion show! After two kids there is no way possible for my body but I did find the whole thing entertaining! Especially watching the 10 year old Bieber singing to the girls who were all easily a foot taller than him! LOL

    Love the recipe…such a fabulous idea for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kellie

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a food processor. I have been actively looking for one so this would be perfect!! Happy Holidays and the best of luck everyone!

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    I watched the VS show as well – kind of make me just want to eat more cookies, because i will never look like that so why try!
    Yeah, not sure why Bieber preformed, he is like 13, and so wrong to check out the models the whole time!
    And Bruno Mars is like 5′ 4″, and just looked tiny! Although, at least he is an adult!

  7. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    This sounds so good. I actually like that you didn’t blitz everything- I’m totally a texture person and I bet it’s awesome with all the ingredients in varied sizes and shapes!

  8. Lucia A

    I love cooking and hoping to one day be great at it like you are already! Im a huge FAN!

    I already get your emails 🙂 don’t want to miss any new recipes!

    1. Lauren

      it worked for me! If it doesn’t seem to work for you, click on the picture of the envelope by my photo at the top of the post.

  9. Terra

    I’m with ya girl about the Victoria’s Secret models… The best part was when they were all talking about how difficult dating is … Give me a break! :o)
    Love your recipes! You rock!!!!!!

  10. Megan | Eats Daily

    Is this the “comment below” part of it? If so, I signed up for the emails!
    Great giveaway and interesting combo with the salsa! Might have to give that a try 🙂

  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Love that you feel like that about Bieber. I can’t stand him!

    This salsa is also so great and festive.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I am desperately in need of a new food processor!