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A slab of cream cheese topped with cranberry salsa, full of chopped up cranberries and cilantro. The front of the cream cheese is showing
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5 from 3 votes

Cranberry Salsa

This Cranberry Salsa is a classic appetizer to make around the holidays, it's great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Eve. It's an amazing, simple tart and spicy salsa, that is so good served over cream cheese with crackers. It's perfect for holiday parties.
Servings: 16
Calories: 36kcal


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (about 6-8 green onions)
  • 1 jalapeno (hulled, and seeds removed)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 16 oz cream cheese (optional)


  • Rinse your cranberries, and remove any that are too soft and squishy. Dry them with paper towels.
  • Add the cranberries, cilantro, green onions, and jalapeno to a food processor.
  • Pulse until you have a nice texture in your salsa. You want it chopped up, not mushy.
  • Add your mixture to a bowl, and add in your lime juice, sugar, and salt. Stir it all together.
  • Cover the bowl and place the salsa in the fridge for at least 2 hours, for the flavors to meddle.
  • Serve as is. Or add 1 block of cream cheese to a plate, and scoop half of the cranberry salsa over the top.
  • Serve with your choice of chips or crackers.


**Calories are listed for the salsa, and not for the added cream cheese.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg