Zesty Cranberry Relish is a great side dish to serve with turkey dinner or it makes a delicious appetizer spooned over a block of cream cheese.
Fresh cranberries are pulsed in a food processor with citrus and apple. It has lots of fresh sweet and tart flavors.
This dish is different than a traditional cranberry sauce; it’s not cooked (making it extra fast) and it tastes less sweet!
Ingredients in Cranberry Relish
We love a traditional cranberry sauce with thanksgiving dinner, and we love this Cranberry Relish too! Instead of being cooked like cranberry sauce, cranberry relish is a condiment or topping of finely chopped fruit (cranberries, oranges, and apples).
Cranberries are the star of the dish! We use fresh cranberries, available in the produce section of the grocery store. Apples and oranges are added to balance out the tart flavor of the cranberries and to add a fresh zesty flavor. Swap out the oranges for pineapple if you’d like.
Oranges – Both the orange juice and zest add a lot of flavor to this recipe. While some recipes call for the entire orange (including the orange peel), I find the pith (the white part under the orange peel) to make the relish too bitter. Instead, use just the orange zest (the orange part of the skin without the white part) by using a zester or a Microplane grater.
Brown sugar curbs the tang since cranberries can be sour in flavor.
Pecans, walnuts, or other nuts are optional, but they do add flavor and texture to the dish and I highly recommend adding them. If time allows, toast the nuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat until fragrant.
How To Make Cranberry Relish
This fresh cranberry relish is easy to make.
- Pulse the orange and apple in a food processor per the recipe below. You want the pieces to be small, about the size of peas. Place this in a bowl.
- Chop cranberries in the food processor separately, a little bit finer than the apple mixture, and add this to the bowl too.
- Stir in the other ingredients and chill before serving.
To serve cranberry relish as an appetizer, serve it over baked brie or even over a block of cream cheese with crackers.
This recipe is great on any holiday table. Serve it next to a roasted turkey, along with Christmas dinner, or spoon it over cream cheese as an appetizer
Leftovers: Cranberry orange relish will last about a week in the fridge. It will become a bit saucier, and less crunchy as the sugars break it down but still tastes great. Additional chopped nuts can be added.
How to Freeze Cranberry Relish
This cranberry relish recipe is great for freezing if you have leftovers and will freeze for about three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and enjoy.
This recipe is great on any holiday table. Serve it next to a roasted turkey, along with Christmas dinner or spoon it over cream cheese as an appetizer
More Ways to Enjoy Cranberries
- Cranberry Waldorf Salad – crowd pleaser
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Millionaire Cranberry Salad – great Thanksgiving side!
- Cranberry Salsa
- Cranberry Trifle Recipe – beautiful dessert any time of year
- Cranberry Orange Scones
- Broccoli Cranberry Salad – crisp, colorful, & delicious!
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Zesty Cranberry Relish
- 12 ounces cranberries
- 1 orange peeled, *see note
- 1 apple peeled and cored
- ½ cup brown sugar or to taste
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup pecans finely chopped, optional
- Chop the orange and apple in a food processor, transfer to a bowl.
- Chop cranberries and add to the orange/apple mixture.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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