Cranberry Orange Salsa

Cranberries, ginger, cilantro, onions… What an exotic interplay of flavors! It’s Cranberry-Orange Salsa and it adds a sweet and tangy flavor alongside roasted pork or turkey or atop blue corn chips as an appetizer.

This recipe has become a family Christmas classic for us. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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The ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (I use the less refined kind)
  • 2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries (not dried)
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root (more or less to taste)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 large oranges, zested, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

Bring the water and sugar to a boil, toss in the cranberries. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, without stirring, for 10 minutes. You don’t want to squish them by stirring.

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While the cranberries are cooking, get started on prepping the other ingredients.

Zest the oranges, then peel them and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Chop the cilantro. Peel and grate the ginger. Slice the green onions. Slice the lime in half so you can squeeze the juice into the bowl.

Then gently stir it all together in a large bowl without crushing the cranberries. It will seem like there’s too much liquid in the cooked cranberries, but you don’t need to drain them.

Let the salsa sit until it’s cool. Then refrigerate it until you’re ready to eat it. It’s one of those things that’s better the next day after it has a chance to soak.

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This salsa is delicious and really pretty with blue corn chips, but you can dip any chips you like.

Cranberry Orange Salsa

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (more or less to taste)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped with stems removed
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • Zest of 4 large oranges
  • The same 4 large oranges, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
Instructions
  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add cranberries. When it returns to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Do not stir.
  3. Pour cranberries into a large bowl with all the liquid. (It will look too watery, but don’t drain it.)
  4. Gently stir in all the remaining ingredients.
  5. Let cool a while before refrigerating.

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