Cranberry Salsa

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Move aside cranberry sauce, there's a new Thanksgiving superstar in town! Meet the Cranberry Salsa, a delightful blend of antioxidant-packed cranberries and beets. This zesty and refreshing holiday appetizer is a game-changer, adding a burst of flavor and vibrant colors to your Thanksgiving plate. Don't be surprised when even beet skeptics go back for seconds!

Attention, Thanksgiving table!  Move over cranberry sauce, because this year, we’re adding a vibrant and refreshing twist to our holiday spread with the Cranberry Salsa! This delightful concoction is a blend of antioxidant-rich cranberries and beets, creating the perfect holiday appetizer that will have everyone coming back for seconds (even those who think they don’t like beets!).

Not only is this Cranberry Salsa a stunning addition to your Thanksgiving table, but it’s also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, thanks to the star ingredients – cranberries and beets. Cranberries bring their tangy and slightly sweet taste, while the beets add earthy notes and a beautiful crimson hue to the mix. It’s the perfect balance of flavors, making it a versatile accompaniment to various dishes.

What you will need for this quick and easy Cranberry Salsa:

  • fresh cranberries
  • maple syrup
  • red onion
  • jalapeño
  • cilantro leaves
  • beets (optional but highly recommended!)
  • garlic
  • lime

So, how do you serve this dazzling salsa?

Simply chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry, and then bring out the gluten-free crackers and vegan ricotta or cream cheese. Spread a dollop of creamy goodness on each cracker, generously top it with the Cranberry Salsa, and watch your guests savor every single bite! It’s an appetizer that’ll leave everyone talking and craving more. 

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Cranberry Salsa

Move over cranberry sauce! 💁🏻‍♀️ Level up your thanksgiving spread with this delicious cranberry salsa - it is the perfect holiday appetizer, and will add a bright, refreshing flavor (and an abundance of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies) to your thanksgiving plate that will have everyone coming back for seconds (even those who think they don’t like beets 😏)
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups


  • Food Processor


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup adjust to taste
  • ½ small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño finely chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled beets finely chopped (optional but absolutely delicious)
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • ½ tsp salt

To Serve Ingredients

  • 12 oz vegan ricotta
  • crackers (gluten free if desired)


  • Add the cranberries to a food processor with maple syrup. Pulse until they’re very finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Taste and season accordingly, adding additional salt, lime juice or maple syrup if desired. (You can also chop all ingredients using the food processor).
  • Place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes before enjoying.
  • To serve, top each cracker with ricotta and salsa, or let people assemble their own!


I highly suggest serving this salsa with gluten free crackers, vegan ricotta or cream cheese.
Spread each cracker with a small amount of ricotta or cream cheese and top with the cranberry salsa!
Keyword cranberry sauce, dairy free, gluten free, no cook, plant based, salsa, vegan, Vegan Thanksgiving Side
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6 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Complete 5 out of 5 recipe! So delicious. Fantastic for Thanksgiving but will also now be a Christmas favorite with the red and green. First time making beets. Super easy I boiled them until they we’re fork tender like a potato for potato salad.

  2. I’d love to make this recipe exactly as you have it here, but I’ve never made cooked beets. I’ve never even bought one lol. Any tips on that? Can I use canned?

    1. Hey Jennifer, you can steam, roast or boil the beets and then cool them to room temp, or you can buy pre-cooked beets from brands such as Love Beets! They’re in the produce section. Otherwise, the beets *are* optional in this recipe so also totally okay to leave them out!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious and quick was a crowd pleaser, began and gluten free if you use gf crackers. I highly recommend it.

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