Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa

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Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa

Cranberries are a tradition for the holidays and I always prepare a basic whole berry cranberry sauce. But, for a change of pace, I started preparing this sweet, tart and slightly hot Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa a few years ago. Since Thanksgiving is all about tradition, I make both this recipe and the basic one and wait to see who likes which version.

With just six ingredients (many of which you probably already have in your pantry) it’s ridiculously easy to make. The only ingredient that really needs some prep work is the jalapeños. When you’ve got so many other things to make for the holidays, it’s good to have at least one dish that comes together this quickly.

To seed and roughly chop the jalapeños I used Cutco’s 4" Gourmet Paring Knife. The length of the blade matches perfectly with the size of the jalapeño, and its slightly rounded belly allows for smooth cutting on the cutting board. A word of advice, wear food-safe gloves while working with the peppers to prevent the irritating oils from getting on your hands. Also, avoid touching your face.

Save yourself even more time and make this Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa a couple of days ahead of time and refrigerate until needed.

This recipe has been a hit every time I have served it. I love having it on my Thanksgiving menu because of the cranberries and it tastes great on a leftover turkey sandwich. Try it other times of the year as a sauce for grilled chicken, fish or pork.

If you like this Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa, also check out Cutco’s Four Ingredient Cranberry Sauce or Apple Cranberry Sauce with Walnuts recipes.

Calories: 35, calories from fat: 0, total fat: 0.0 g, saturated fat: 0.0 g, trans fat: 0.0 g, cholesterol: 0 mg, sodium: 120 mg, potassium: 70 mg, total carbohydrate 9 g, dietary fiber: 2 g, sugars: 5 g, protein: 0 g, phosphorus: 10 mg.

Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association. Copyright 2013 by the American Diabetes Association

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

Serving size 1/4 cup, 10 Servings
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  • 1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 small onion, cut in quarters and peeled
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, washed and torn into pieces that will fit in the food processor
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Seed and roughly chop jalapeños. Wear gloves to avoid your hands getting hot.
  2. Place all ingredients in food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse until well blended. Can be made several days ahead and refrigerated.

*Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate

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