11 29 2015.

festive cranberry salsa


Hey all! I know it’s been a while. I’ll post soon about what I’ve been up to but for now let’s talk about Thanksgiving. I had a fun (and delicious) Thanksgiving up with my mom’s side of the family. We ate until we couldn’t eat any more and then we had a 2 hour dance party! Jury’s still out on whether that was a smart decision or not – but it was a blast!


Anyway. Do you ever show up to Thanksgiving thinking that you’ve seen it all? You know exactly what’s going to be there and you’ve had it all before. I show up to our family’s Thanksgiving looking forward to one dish: the homemade cranberry sauce. My aunt makes the most delicious ginger and orange zest cranberry sauce. I look forward to that one dish every single year. This year we were twice as lucky. Not only did my aunt bring her famous cranberry sauce, but my other aunt brought something that I had never seen (or tasted!) before: this cranberry salsa.

I gobbled it up. And when there was a spoonful left and no one else wanted it, I ate that last spoonful. Without hesitation, she shared the recipe with me. And now I want to share the recipe with you.

Seriously – it took this recipe to bring me out from under my rock.




festive cranberry salsa

yields: 2 cups


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 large jalapeno, minced (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • zest from 1 orange (promise me that you won’t skip this!)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. In a pot over medium heat, combine the cranberries and water. Bring to a boil until the cranberries pop or split. Drain the water.
  2. Over low heat, add the sugar to the cranberries and stir until dissolved. Turn the burner off and remove from heat.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer the salsa to a heat proof container and refrigerate until cold. The longer the salsa sits, the better it tastes!
  5. Enjoy with chips, crackers, on sandwiches, tacos or by the spoonful!

Recipe adapted from my aunt and her neighbor, Jocelyn.

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