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Spicy Cranberry Salsa
image of spicy cranberry salsa by intentionally eat with Cindy Newland in a glass bowl with a tortilla chip

Spicy Cranberry Salsa

image of spicy cranberry salsa by intentionally eat with Cindy Newland in a glass bowl with a tortilla chip

Spicy Cranberry Salsa

This spicy cranberry salsa is tangy, zippy, sweet, easy to make and everything you could ask for. You guests will devour it and ask for more.


Are you looking for a healthy alternative to take to Thanksgiving and holiday parties? Look no further! You have found it!


image of spicy cranberry salsa by intentionally eat with cindy newland in a glass bowl with a hand dipping a cracker



I admit I love cranberries. I love the gelled goo that holds the shape of the can. I get a kick out of hearing it suction away from the can and plop into the serving dish. But, do you know how much sugar is in that can?


Depending on the brand you buy it can have around 22 grams of sugar! Whoa! That’s a lot of sugar and a lot of calories!


So, I decided to make a healthy cranberry dish and this is it – Spicy Cranberry Salsa.

image of spicy cranberry salsa by intentionally eat with Cindy Newland in a glass container with crackers


Jalapeno zippy

Jaw puckering cranberry tangy

with just a hint of sweetness…..        YUM!


It has less sugar (14 grams per serving) and more fiber than the store bought gel. Plus it has HEAT! If you are watching your calorie intake and wanting to lose weight, then you know the more flavor the better.


It’s super easy to make, especially if you have a Cuisinart Food Processor! I love mine! Another great tool is this microplaner to grate the ginger.

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4.84 from 6 votes

Spicy Cranberry Salsa

This cranberry salsa is tangy, zippy, sweet, spicy, easy to make and everything you could ask for. You guests will devour it and ask for more.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 70kcal
Author Intentionally Eat with Cindy Newland


  • 3 cups cranberries
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeded if you don't want it too spicy
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sugar could also use monkfruit sweetener
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely grated fresh
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Combine cranberries, cilantro, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, sugar, ginger and salt in a food processor.  Process to desired consistency. Refrigerate if not using immediately. Best if served at room temperature. 
  • Serve with cinnamon tortilla chips, crackers, graham crackers or pita chips. You can also serve over non-dairy cream cheese.

Serving suggestions – you could try stevia or monkfruit sweetener instead of sugar and cut the calories ENORMOUSLY! You could also add fresh pineapple for a sweet acidity that is amazing!


Your friends and family are going to LOVE it, especially if you serve it with these Cinnamon Tortilla Chips!


image of spicy cranberry salsa by intentionally eat with Cindy Newland in a glass container with a gold spoon


If you are looking for more holiday faves check these out –

Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole

Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

and if you need some help through the holidays –

Intentionally Eating through the Holidays


Need help on your weight loss journey? Join the Facebook group of Intentional Eaters and find the support you need.


Enjoy and Intentionally Eat,


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  1. Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    5 stars
    I just made cranberry orange sauce with my cranberries, but this looks delish. I’ll pick up some more and try it.

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks Allison! Don’t you just love cranberries! I hope you enjoy them both ways!

  2. Melanie

    Ooo I love a good salsa, love how festive this one is and would go really well with my christmas cheeseboard – yummy x

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks Melanie! It really is a beautiful salsa, especially for the holidays!

  3. Flora_the_Sweaterist

    5 stars
    Not the kind of dish I’d usually like but it definitely looks awesome and I know that some members of my family would love it, so I may have to give it a try!

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks! I hope you try it!

  4. Indu

    I am not much in cooking but your salsa is luring me. Moreover it does not require hard core cooking. I think I can do it.

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks! You absolutely can do it! It’s SO EASY!

  5. Shubhada Bhide

    Wow this Spicy Cranberry Salsa is tempting and so easy to prepare. Will surely try this quick and easy recipe.

  6. corinne & kirsty

    I never eat cranberries. They are not my fav berry but I could defo try them again. I never though of a spicy salsa and that’s something I would want to try! Maybe I might love cranberries in salsa!

    1. Cindy Author

      You never know until you try! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Sue Tanya McHorgh

    You made me want to try this spicy cranberry salsa. It looks so good. I am interested to know what the taste is like.

    1. Cindy Author

      It has a lot of flavor! Get ready!

  8. Paige Flamm

    Yum! This is such an awesome way to use up some thanksgiving leftovers next week!

  9. Agnes

    I have never heard salsa and cranberry mentioned in the same sentence. What a creative recipe and idea for Thanksgiving.

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. siennylovesdrawing

    wow! so healthy! Really love your sharing here as I love cranberries very much, gonna try out myself with your sharing here, hope really easy for me 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    1. Cindy Author

      It’s super easy! Enjoy!

  11. Taslyn

    This looks absolutely yummy and your photo’s are beautiful by the way. Bookmarking this since I love cranberries

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks Taslyn! I hope you enjoy it!

  12. Preet

    Spicy cranberry salsa looks so delicious, would be perfect to add some color to the table with chips alongside. I am going to try this out for our next get together.

    1. Cindy Author

      I agree, the color is amazing! Enjoy!

  13. Ellie Plummer

    I love salsa so this sounds delicious. Great for this time of year too.

  14. Heather ♥

    Oooo cranberry salsa, that is a recipe I’ve never heard of before. It looks delicious, I may need to try this soon.

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks Heather! I hope you enjoy it!

  15. Marie

    I’m not really a fan of anything spicy, but I bet my friends will love this recipe! Will definitely be sharing this with them. Maybe we can prepare it together and have fun while we’re at it!

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks Marie! You can adjust the spiciness according to your taste.

  16. Amy Dong

    So we always make our own cranberry sauce but I’ve never tried jalapenos in it. My middle little would be all over this; gotta try!

    1. Cindy Author

      I hope everyone loves it!

  17. Courtney Blacher

    This is great idea. I love the taste of cranberries, and think I going to love this recipe!

    1. Cindy Author

      I hope you do! Enjoy!

  18. Tiffany Yong

    This is going to be so appetizing when used on salads and greens! I hope to be able to try it and see if it can replace my fav but unhealthy sesame sauce!

    1. Cindy Author

      What a great idea! Enjoy!

  19. Carly

    This recipe sounds so good! Need to try ASAP.

  20. Taylor Smart

    4 stars
    so simple to make as well! will be trying this one!

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks! I think you’ll love it!

  21. Nicole Dawson

    Nothing shouts “holidays” like cranberries! We make a cranberry salsa as well, and its always a huge hit at parties and gatherings. Just love it.

  22. Kristen Wood

    5 stars
    This is such a creative recipe and it sounds so delicious!!

  23. Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe! I now know what I’ll be doing with all of those cranberries I’ve got in the fridge!

  24. Holly

    Oooh, I love the spicy twist! 🙂

  25. Keri Spradley

    5 stars
    The Cranberry Salsa was an instant favorite.
    I was too cheap to splurge on Stevia, but I will be buying some soon because I could eat this all the time.
    My daughter thought it would be good with sweet potato chips, but I loved it on my turkey in place of the gravy.
    Such a flavorful recipe. It will be our new tradition for Thanksgiving.

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