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These cranberry recipes highlight the best ways to use this sweet tart fruit: dried, fresh and frozen! Try appetizers, muffins, cakes, and more.

Cranberry salsa
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Got cranberries on hand? You’re in luck. This sweet tart berry is incredibly versatile: and it’s not just for cranberry sauce. Bake up this berry into quick breads and muffins, blend it into smoothies, or even make it into tasty appetizer recipes like salsa and brie bites. This list features both dried, frozen, and fresh cranberry recipes. Below you’ll see favorites from this website and selections from top recipe developers around the web. Let’s get started!

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Cranberry salsa recipe

20 Tasty Cranberry Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
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This cranberry salsa recipe is fresh, zingy and spicy! It’s a fun fall and winter appetizer everyone will love.


  • 10 ounces (2 ½ cups) cranberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. If the cranberries are frozen, bring them to room temperature.
  2. Cut the red onion into rough chunks. Slice the jalapeño pepper in half, remove the ribs and seeds, and chop the pepper into a few pieces. (You can add back some seeds if you’d like it spicy.) Place both in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to chop.
  3. Add the cranberries, lime juice, sugar, cilantro, and salt. Pulse several times until a roughly chopped texture forms.
  4. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary (add more seeds if you’d like it spicier). Before placing in a bowl, strain off any excess liquid. Serve with crackers, chips, pita, or bread. If desired, you can also serve over cream cheese. Stores refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!