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Holiday Salsa

When we offer this cream-cheesy salsa of fresh cranberries, cilantro and a little jalapeno kick, everyone hovers around the serving dish until it’s scraped clean. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • Assorted crackers or tortilla chips


  • Pulse cranberries and sugar in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Stir together with onions, cilantro and jalapeno. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • To serve, place cream cheese on a serving plate. Drain salsa; spoon over cream cheese. Serve with crackers or chips.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 146 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Susan
    Jan 8, 2019

    Fantastic fresh taste! Very pretty and festive as well. I served it with baked Brie and fresh artisan bread, tasted wonderful!

  • Mommabearwarden
    Nov 20, 2018

    Fantastic. Everyone always compliments me and asks for the recipe. I found that I like to serve it with Pretzel Thins.

  • randcbruns
    Apr 8, 2018

    This is a great salsa. It is pretty color and has great flavor. I use a combo of fresh and frozen cranberries. The combo helps with texture.

  • love2cooktoo
    Jan 6, 2018

    I've made this twice now and no one can seem to get enough of its fresh, spicy, sweet goodness! I get many requests for the recipe and everyone is amazed at the ingredients! Definitely the perfect answer for a winter salsa! Draining is a must, otherwise the cream cheese does curdle, especially IF there is any left! I serve this in a separate dish in the middle of the crackers so they don't get soggy. I love the idea of serving it with turkey as another reader suggested!

  • Alicia
    Dec 31, 2017

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  • Kathy
    Dec 29, 2017

    fabulous! What a hit! This was so delicious, so fresh and different from standard salsa. Perfect for Christmas time . I drained it after it sat in the fridge all afternoon which helped with mess and presentation. I had a fairly large jalape?o and it suited the amount of cranberries just fine.

  • kshea
    Dec 24, 2017

    Very good, VERY Pretty. Make ahead and then drain. If you are using large green onions, only use two. I used more large green onions when I made this one time and it was too much onion taste, so I only use 2 or 6 very small ones.

  • cindyc1234
    Dec 12, 2017

    Loved the taste. A new family favorite

  • Venky
    Dec 4, 2017

    Good one

  • Amygrantfan
    Nov 23, 2017

    So, so good! This is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. It tastes great as a dip for crackers & tortilla chips and looks beautiful on your holiday table.