Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

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4.42 from 58 votes
This Fresh Cranberry and Orange Relish is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.  
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
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This Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It will remind you of that whole berry cranberry sauce that everyone loves. Leftovers are delicious on salads, and fruit salads. Or just to eat straight out of the fridge with a fork. even in frit’s easy to make and always on our holiday table.  It’s definitely one of the best Thanksgiving recipes ever. Cranberry recipes with cool whip, cream cheese are some of my favorite desserts. Everyone’s Grandma has their own homemade cranberry sauce recipe that is a great side dish. Who doesn’t love the taste of fresh ocean spray cranberries in their favorite cocktail?

Cranberry Orange Relish in a cut glass dish with a spoon in it.

The Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish recipe below is so much better than the can variety. It is not that the can stuff is bad, however, this relish adds a freshness to the heavy Thanksgiving menu that you really appreciate. You will love the tangy taste of fresh ocean spray cranberries. Also you can make a fun cranberry fluff with marshmallows, and pineapple juice that your kids will beg you for. Just pour into a bowl, chill and enjoy!

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This recipe only takes a few ingredients and minutes to make. Additionally, the longer it sits the better it gets so make it ahead of time. It is great alongside your favorite chicken, and ham recipes. There is no cooking involved, which is what distinguishes it from a sauce. Find out more here.

  • 10 Minute Recipe: Just peel, grind and refrigerate in a large mixing bowl
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy ingredients and no baking or need to boil
  • Adaptable: Can make it low calorie, it is gluten free and vegan.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Use as a spread, on top of pork or with your favorite cheese. This is also great in a cranberry salad!

Ingredients

What You Need to Make Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

  • Whole fresh cranberries
  • Orange 
  • Apples
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cans of cranberry sauce
Side view of Cranberry Relish.

Equipment

How to Make Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe- Step by Step

  • Grind: First, grind cranberries, orange and apples using a meat grinder or food processor.
  • Stir: Next, stir in sugar and pineapple.
  • Refrigerate: Finally, refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Common Questions About Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

HOW DO I STORE FRESH CRANBERRY AND ORANGE RELISH?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It is a great make ahead side.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT CITRUS FRUIT?

Indeed, mandarin oranges would work well in this recipe too.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, you can adjust the recipe for the size of the gathering that you are having.

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR?

Using the meat grinder attachment for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer gives this Ocean Spray Cranberry Orange Relish the perfect texture and saves those delicious cranberry juices that can be used to make your favorite cranberry juice cocktail!

WHAT APPLES ARE THE BEST FOR THIS RECIPE?

Truly, a nice green Granny Smith is my pick for this recipe, however, use what you have or like.

Top shot of Cranberry Orange Relish

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Finely chopped walnuts or pecans add a nice texture to this relish.
  • Top: Top relish with some fresh lemon zest to add a zing.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to use this relish on top of Brie or as a sandwich spread.
  • Alternate ingredients: Use a sugar substitute to reduce calories.
  • Sugar: Taste your relish, if you require more sugar add some, the cranberries can sweetness often varies.
  • Spice: A little cinnamon warms up the dish nicely.

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

4.4 from 58 votes
This Fresh Cranberry and Orange Relish is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.  
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Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Whole fresh cranberries
  • 1 large orange peeled
  • 2 large apples peeled
  • 1 8.5 ounce can crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Grind cranberries, orange and apples using a meat grinder or food processor.
  • Stir in sugar and pineapple.
  • Additional sugar may be required depending on how tart the cranberries are.
  • Stir to combine and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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16 thoughts on “Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish”

  1. 5 stars
    My sister was telling me about a fresh cranberry relish that she was addicted to. I think this must be the recipe! It’s so fresh and healthy plus it’s so tasty you don’t know it’s good for you.

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing cranberry salad recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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  3. I have to tell you I have been making cranberry relish for 25years! Mine has cranberrys ,Apple orange diabetic sugar to taste an orange juice I also grind Pecans to add to it. Your amount. I could not get your recipe to come up. Hope they are alike

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  4. This was such a nice change from the “over-sweet, boiled to death” cranberries from Thanksgiving past. It has such fresh and bright flavors!

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  5. 5 stars
    I just had to come back and tell you – this delicious Thanksgiving recipe is definitely a keeper! Everyone raved about. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  6. I would like to share a fantastic cranberry relish recipe! 1 bag of cleaned fresh cranberries-1 naval orange- 1 lg. red delicious apple! Grind in a grinder these three ingredients into a medium mixing bowl! Add to mixture one cup sugar! Add one small jar of orange marmelade, add one half bag of thawed rasberries! mix together and store in canning jars with seals! Best if chilled before serving! I give it to family and friends as gifts at Thanksgiving and Christmas! You may also add about 1 cup of chopped pecans, finely chopped! Always sweeten to desired taste!
    Merry Christmas and have safe holidays!

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