Cranberry Salsa

Diane Hopson Smith Recipe

By Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011

10 Min
No-Cook or Other

A little sweet heat toned down with cream cheese.

This dish has "WOW" factor.

Serve this dip at your next holiday gathering or office party and get ready for rave reviews!

I love the smokey flavor the Chipolte Pepper Flakes added to this salsa.

Freezes well!


3 c
fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 c
green onions, minced
1/4 c
fresh cilantro leaves, minced
1/4 c
bell pepper, chopped (i used red)
1 Tbsp
chipotle flakes (or chopped fresh jalapeno peppers)
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp
finely grated fresh ginger
1 c
1/2 c
rotel tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste (i used kosher salt and cayenne pepper)
2 or 3
8-ounce blocks of cream cheese (you can easily use 3 blocks of cream cheese)
crackers and/or chips

Directions Step-By-Step

Rinse, drain, and pick over cranberries, discarding any that are soft or bruised. Place them in a food processor along with green onion, cilantro, bell pepper, and zest & juice of lime; pulse until finely chopped but not mushy.
Place the cranberry in a bowl; mix together with sugar, ginger and rotel tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors merge. Don't skip this step, fresh cranberries are tart and bitter. This time is needed to merge the flavors.
Bring cream cheese to room temperature before serving. Place cream cheese bricks on serving dish; cover with the dip. Garnish, if desired, and served with crackers and/or chips.
NOTE: Rotel Tomatoes can be found in most grocery stores with the Mexican foods. And, also with canned tomatoes.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Terri Esteban Terri4
Dec 8, 2014
I have wanted to try this for so long and this Thanksgiving I finally did. On a scale of 1 - 10, I give this recipe at least a 20! Wow, it was so flavorful and delicious, I have half a batch in my freezer and I will be making more for Christmas & New Years. I don't know if this has ever won a blue ribbon but if not it deserves another look!!! I can honestly say this is the best salsa I've ever tasted, thank you for sharing it Diane Hopson Smith.
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Dec 21, 2013
Thank you Lisa, it really is a very wonderful salsa. Once you get started eating it, it's hard to stop. A very nice sweet heat.
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Dec 21, 2013
Sasha nothing in this dish taste raw at all. Refridgerating for 4 hours seems to do the trick.
Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal 2sweetinc
Dec 21, 2013
Im sure this recipe can be adjusted. I personally love the taste of raw veggies. Thats what salsas usually are, right? Well I have been to restaurants that have more of a pureed salsa, not sure if veggies are cooked or not. Either way I love this recipe! Think it deserves a blue ribbon! So creative, who would of ever thought? Well Diane did!! ;)