Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa Appetizer

Serve this festive Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa during the holidays! Blend up fresh cranberries, cilantro, jalapeños, orange juice and honey for one flavorful appetizer!

Cranberry jalapeno salsa with crackers on a white serving plate

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

Looking for a stress-free appetizer to serve during the holidays? This cranberry salsa is made without turning on an oven or stovetop.

It doesn’t get any easier to whip up a quick healthy snack that is tasty and pretty to look at too! Just look at how beautiful those ruby red berries are!

I folded some of the berry salsa into cream cheese and served it with crackers, but you can also serve it like a traditional salsa with tortilla chips!

Cranberry jalapeno salsa rolled in cream cheese

Easy cranberry salsa recipe

Whether you serve this salsa traditional-style with tortilla chips or add it to cream cheese, this recipe is ready in under 15 minutes!

Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • Fresh orange, juiced
  • Fresh lime, juiced
  • Honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Cream cheese
cream cheese based cranberry jalapeno salsa on small crackers

Fresh cranberries are seasonable

You will only see fresh cranberries in the stores for a short time. Their harvesting season is between Labor Day and Halloween, and fresh berries only become available in the stores through December.

That’s why you see the traditional Ruby Red Cranberry Sauce on just about every table during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and not the rest of the year. Snag some up before they’re all gone!

You also might enjoy this Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing or these Cranberry Scones with White Chocolate.

Rolled cream cheese cranberry jalapeno salsa on a white plate with crackers
Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa with red chopped fresh cranberries on a serving platter
Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa on a white plate

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa Appetizer

Simple raw cranberry salsa for a quick appetizer for the holiday season
4.67 from 12 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cranberry, jalapeno, salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 12 – 16 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 2 jalapeños seeded and diced
  • 1/2 fresh orange juiced
  • 1 fresh lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 8 ounce cream cheese optional


  • Clean cranberries and put in a food processor or blender with cilantro, orange juice, lime, salt and honey. Pulse until small chunks are formed. Remover are keep covered in the refrigerator for 1 day (preferably so flavors meld). Serve with tortilla chips or drain 1/2 cup of the prepared salsa and fold it into 8 ounces of cream cheese and form a log. Place log on a platter and pour remaining salsa on top of the cheese log. Serve with crackers.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 98mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 39g


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  1. All I can say is…. AH-mazing!

    I LOVE the idea of folding this into cream cheese and serving with those wonderful posh crackers for the holidays.

    Fabulous easy idea – thank you!

  2. This is such a beautiful dip! It is just the right colors for Christmas and is going to be such a great addition to my dinner table. Thank you!

  3. I am definitely going to try this for an after Thanksgiving dinner get together.
    I have a question for you….since cranberries are available during a limited season, do they freeze well?
    Thanks for the delicious recipe and your help.

  4. My mom first introduced me to Cranberry Salsa. It’s amazing! Your recipe looks great. We like to serve it in our second day Turkey burritos with shredded turkey, rice, and cheese.

    1. If you love anything with a sweet/heat profile, I bet you would love stuffed jalapeño peppers. Mix 1 can ocean spray whole berry cranberries, 8 oz. cream cheese, 8 oz. cheddar cheese (shredded), & 1 bag of real bacon bits or you can use fresh bacon crumbled up. Stuff mixture into jalapeños that are cut lengthwise (seeds,top, & pith removed) and bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. These are too die for. P.S. loved the cranberry salsa.

  5. I love cranberries, but hadn’t thought to combine them with jalapenos, this sounds wonderful, especially blended with some cream cheese, yum!