This cranberry salsa bites recipe is the perfect Christmas party appetizer. It looks festive, tastes great, and can be made ahead of time.
For parties, I always love to have easy to make appetizers that I can prepare a couple of days in advance. These cranberry salsa bites totally fit the bill, and look great on a tray. I like to serve them with these avocado guacamole bites to create a green and red holiday color scheme.
Christmas party appetizers don’t get much easier than this cranberry salsa bites recipe.
Cranberry salsa tastes great, can be made ahead of time and looks really pretty on a tray. The perfect Christmas party food if you ask me!
Now on to one of my favorite Christmas party appetizers…
How To Make Cranberry Salsa Bites
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There isn’t much to this recipe. You basically put all of the salsa ingredients in a food processor and pulse them until they are chopped.
Then refrigerate until serving time.
Even better? The salsa can sit in the refrigerator for two or three days. (Any recipe that can be made ahead is a bonus for party planning!) In fact, I think the salsa tastes even better when it has been sitting for a while. That way the flavors have some time to blend.
Watch the video for a quick view of how it turns out:
How To Serve Cranberry Salsa
Just before the party starts, I spoon the salsa into some Tortilla scoops and set them out on a tray.
If you want to add some extra flavor, you can spread some goat cheese or cream cheese in the bottom of the chip before adding the salsa.
It can also be made into a Christmas cheese ball by spreading it over the top of a ball of cream cheese.
Of course, if you don’t want to go to that much effort, you could serve the cranberry salsa in a bowl with some chips and let people help themselves.
It also looks really pretty with these avocado dip bites made with avocado guacamole dip.
Cranberry Salsa Bites
- 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro stems removed
- ½ Jalapeno pepper seeds removed
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- ½ inch fresh ginger root grated
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 lime
- 1 pinch salt
- Tortilla chips
Appliances and Utensils
- Food processor
- Combine the cranberries, cilantro, Jalapeno pepper, sugar, ginger, and garlic in the food processor. Juice the lime into the mixture.
- Pulse the food processor until all of the ingredients have been well chopped.
- Add the pinch of salt and mix again.
- Let the salsa sit for at least 10 minutes, or chill in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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This post was originally published on November 28, 2018 but was updated with new content on December 17, 2023.