Cranberry Salsa Bites

4.75 from 4 votes

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.

Cranberry salsa bites

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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cranberry salsa in a Christmas tree serving bowl surrounded by chips

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

Cranberry salsa bites on a tray

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.

Cranberry salsa bites with avocado guacamole bites

It also looks really pretty with these avocado dip bites made with avocado guacamole dip.

Cranberry Salsa Bites

This cranberry salsa is delicious regardless of how you serve it – on chips, as a cheese ball or as a replacement for cranberry sauce.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 30 chips
Calories 15 kcal


  • 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.


This salsa recipe does have a bit of a kick to it. You can adjust the amount of jalapeno peppers depending on how spicy you want your salsa to be. 


Serving: 2 scoops | Calories: 15 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.4 g | Protein: 0.2 g | Fat: 0.2 g | Sodium: 80.9 mg | Sugar: 1.7 g

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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Cranberry salsa on tortilla chips with cilantro garnish

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This post was originally published on November 28, 2018 but was updated with new content on December 17, 2023.

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  1. Cranberry salsa? Oh yes please! Love everything cranberry and love salsa too so this is the perfect combination of both. Definitely serving these. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thanks, Marie! It’s one of my favorite holiday appetizers, and so easy to make 🙂

  2. This looks so wonderful. Just the right amount of sweetness and crunch.

    1. Thanks, Debra! It is one of my favorite holiday recipes 🙂

  3. I love cranberries! Mixing them with jalapenos is even better. Definitely going to serve this soon (no holiday gathering needed).

    1. Thanks, Marie! I agree…I can eat this salsa anytime 🙂

  4. What a fun idea! I happen to have some cranberries that need used too!

    1. Thanks, Carlee! It is a really good way to use up some of those cranberries leftover from Thanksgiving 🙂

  5. Yum! These look so good! I love the little salsa cups and they are pretty too!

    1. Thanks, Jenny! They are really good, and they’re so easy to make 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    These look great and would be perfect for holiday parties. I know my daughter would love them. Cranberries are one of her favorites.

    1. Thanks, Beverly! I love cranberries, too…and this salsa is one of my favorites 🙂

    1. Thanks, Linda! It is 🙂