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Cranberry Salsa over Cream Cheese is a quick appetizer perfect for the holidays! It’s fresh, tangy, and delicious, ready in minutes, and an easy make ahead recipe!
This Cranberry Salsa over Cream Cheese is such a festive, favorite appetizer we love and serve often for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. It is always a crowd favorite!
Juicy cranberries and other fresh ingredients make a sweet, tangy, and spicy salsa that’s absolutely out of this world served over cream cheese and eaten with crackers, fruit, or chips. It’s a great make-ahead recipe for the holidays too!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Tastes amazing. It is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, fresh and creamy!
Quick and easy. It comes together quickly and is such an easy recipe!
Make-ahead perfection. Make the cranberry salsa up to 7 days ahead to make entertaining even easier!
Cranberry Salsa over Cream Cheese Recipe
Some dishes are just so delicious that you wait impatiently for the fresh cranberries to arrive at the grocery store. So much so that you stock bags of fresh cranberries in your freezer.
This is most definitely the recipe to spark such a devotion to cranberries! It’s one of those dishes that everyone raves over!
How to Make Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese
Add fresh cranberries and sugar to your food processor or high-speed blender and then pulse about 30 pulses until the cranberries are coarsely chopped. Stir in jalapeno, green onions, cilantro, orange zest, and orange juice.
Spoon the salsa over softened cream cheese on a serving platter. Serve with sliced fruit, butter crackers, wheat thins, or tortilla chips on the platter, serve and enjoy!
Easy Make Ahead Holiday Appetizer
This is where this cranberry salsa recipe becomes even more magical. Pour the salsa into a bowl, cover it with a tight-fitting lid or wrap with plastic wrap and then refrigerate it overnight (or at least 30 minutes to let the flavors develop).
I absolutely prep this appetizer in advance for one of the best make-ahead appetizer recipes for the holidays!
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 7 days, so you can make the cranberry salsa well in advance to keep your holiday entertaining as stress-free as possible.
When ready to serve, just place your cream cheese onto a serving platter about 15 to 30 minutes before serving time.
Then, as you begin to serve, spoon your cranberry salsa onto your cream cheese and watch a crowd gather around it!
Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Spread
Spread softened cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Spoon the cranberry salsa on top of the cream cheese and serve with Ritz crackers, wheat thins, or fruit slices. It is perfect for dipping!
Can You Use Frozen Cranberries
Yes! I do all the time. I thaw the cranberries in the refrigerator overnight and then use following the recipe.
Other Favorite Cranberry Recipes
Here’s the Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Spread Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Cranberry Salsa over Cream Cheese Recipe
- 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper deseeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
- crackers or fruit slices for serving
- Add cranberries and sugar to food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped, about 30 pulses. Stir in jalapeno, onion, cilantro, orange zest and orange juice. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
- To serve, arrange cream cheese on a serving tray, strain away juices from the cranberry salsa and spoon on top of the cream cheese. Serve with assorted crackers or fruit slices.
Make Ahead Cranberry SalsaStore in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 7 days. When ready to serve, place your cream cheese onto a serving platter about 15 to 30 minutes before serving time to reach room temperature. Then top with cranberry salsa and serve.