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Cranberry Orange Salsa

This cranberry orange salsa recipe is flavorful, unique, and so easy to make! Versatile enough to serve up at both your next taco night and at the Thanksgiving table. 

overhead view of a bowl of cranberry orange salsa and a basket of chips surrounded by cranberries and chips

This cranberry orange salsa is going to surprise you. With just 8 ingredients and a food processor or high powered blender, you can have this salsa ready in no time.

I don’t usually make my own salsa. While it can be hard sometimes to find paleo or Whole30 compliant salsa options in the store (most brands add sugars and chemicals/preservatives), there are a few out there that are my go-tos.

But there’s something about fresh salsa that didn’t come out of a jar, isn’t there? You can tell the difference when you’re eating fresh salsa. I had been craving a fresh salsa recipe, and when I was challenged to come up with a unique recipe for frozen cranberries, I decided to experiment by putting the two together. I’m so glad I did!

It has a genuine salsa flavor, while being a little bit tart and a little bit tangy. If you served it at your next taco night without telling people what it was, I bet you a dollar that at least one person would say,

“What is in that? I recognize it but I can’t place it.” 

My favorite part about this recipe is that it does not have to be reserved for taco night. It’s the salsa of opportunity!

Some ways you can use this salsa: 

  • on a chip
  • on or alongside a mild fish, as a chutney/relish topping
  • as a substitute for cranberry relish at the Thanksgiving table
  • on top of your eggs or huevos rancheros at breakfast

And if you’re not sure about how well received it will be at Thanksgiving, but still want something a little different, try my more traditional Cranberry Orange Relish! It’s always a hit at Thanksgiving and we rarely have leftovers.

side view of black bowl full of cranberry orange salsa with a basket of chips in the background

This recipe uses frozen cranberries from Cape Cod Select, which is a small women-owned family business. The Rhodes family has been growing cranberries on their 800 acre cranberry farm for more than 75 years and is now in its fourth generation.

I love supporting small businesses & family businesses, but I also care about where my food comes from and what it’s treated with. Cape Cod Select cranberries are grown to some of the industries highest standards and are Non-GMO verified and hold GLOBALG.A.P. Certification .

And if that weren’t enough, Cape Cod Select also has a focus on sustainability – powering its facilities primarily with solar power and using better growing practices on their farm.

I’d say they’re knocking it out of the park, wouldn’t you?

overhead view of a bowl of cranberry orange salsa, a basket of chips, and frozen cranberry package

As with any fresh produce, cranberries are not in season year round. Being able to buy Cape Cod Select cranberries frozen makes it easy to make cranberry recipes at any time of the year! You can find their frozen cranberries in a store or order them online.

To learn more about Cape Cod Select, you can follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Now, go make some Cranberry Orange Salsa and leave your guests pondering the unique flavor!

Cranberry Orange Salsa

Cranberry Orange Salsa

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A tart and tangy twist on a traditional favorite. Perfect for your next taco night! 


  • 2 cans diced tomatoes,, drained
  • 1 cup Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeno, , halved and seeded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, , loosely packed
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Leave the rind on the orange and cut it into quarters. Place the quartered orange in a food processor and pulse a few times.
  2. Rough chop the onion into chunks and add to the processor, along with the jalapeño. Pulse again. 
  3. Add the cilantro. Pulse a few more times. At this point you should start to see the ingredients begin to take on a"relish" like consistency. 
  4. Add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes, the lime juice, and the salt. Continue to pulse until no large chunks remain and the mixture is the consistency of salsa. 
  5. Serve with your favorite chip vehicle. Vroom vroom! 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24Sodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

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