Like salsa dancing, salsa, the food we tuck into with our chips, comes in many styles, steps, and beats.

Here’s a new salsa twist on the holiday season – cranberry salsa.


Little Known Facts About Cranberries

One fact about cranberries you may not know is that cranberries bounce. And another name for cranberries is the bounce berry. They also float because theres’s a small pocket of air in the middle of the berry.

You don’t have to give up your jellied cranberry sauce – Americans do consume more than 5 million pounds of this food stuff each holiday season. And it takes about 200 cranberries to make one can of sauce.


Add Some New Steps to Your Holiday Salsa Dance

But, imagine adding a new step or extra beats to a Cuban-style or Miami-Style salsa dance.

It only takes a bit of imagination to add a new cranberry dance step to your repretoire that will have you floating with delight.

Just like you would serve a traditional salsa as an appetizer to a meal, add this non-traditional salsa as a palate-pleasing start to any gathering, especially at the holidays.

“It’s Beautiful!”

I took this lovely dish to a get-together recently and the first comment made was “It’s beautiful!”

Not surprising as this dish reminds me of a Christmas stained glass piece, with green onions and jalapeños mixed together with the jewel red of the chopped fresh cranberries. Serve it in a white dish for a complete pop of color.

Your tastebuds will bust a move and its certain to kick up the energy in the room a notch.


A Bit of Sugar Tames the Tartness In This Cranberry Salsa

This lovely concotion tames the tartness of the cranberries with a bit of sugar and completes it with lime juice, adding a Southwest flair.

So good.

You’ll never look at a red berries from the bog in the same way ever again.

Try this recipe for a change of pace anytime fresh cranberries are available.

Maybe stepping out of that traditional dance line is a good thing.


Cranberry Salsa

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Get your holiday dance step on with this cranberry salsa. It’s tart and spicy, and beautiful. Your tastebuds and your eyeballs will love it.

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  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 16 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped green onions (green and white parts)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt


  1. Place cranberries in a food processor. Pulse just until chopped, leaving some larger chunks.
  2. Transfer cranberries to a bowl and stir in sugar.
  3. Add green onions, jalapeños, and lime juice.
  4. Stir together and taste.
  5. Add kosher salt as needed so that the flavor pops.
  6. Serve with any type of dipping chip that suits your fancy.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 31.9 g
  • Sodium: 109.7 mg
  • Fat: 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.9 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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