Fresh Cranberry Salad with Oranges

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4.46 from 62 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes

This Fresh Cranberry with Oranges 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. It’s easy to make and always on our holiday table.

Fresh cranberry salad with oranges in a white bowl with cranberry garnish.

Fresh Cranberry Salad with Oranges is wonderful to serve on a platter for Thanksgiving dinner or christmas dinner or any time you want a fresh salad to serve as a side dish. This is not the salad that your mom made. It is a delicious combination of flavors.

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What We Love About This Cranberry Orange Salad Recipe

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!

If you need other suggestions for your holiday table, check these helpful ideas.

  • 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 great the next day.
Close up shot of fresh cranberry sauce with oranges with mint and orange zest garnish.

Ingredient Notes

  • Whole Fresh Cranberries: A package found in the fresh produce section.
  • Orange: Orange sections with the pith removed, the orange juice adds so much flavor.
  • Apples: Fresh apple slices that are good for dicing.
  • Crushed pineapple: Adds that sweet tangy, a can is great.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon zest are also great.
  • Cranberry sauce: Cans of traditional sauce.
Ingredients for making fresh cranberry sauce with oranges.

Equipment Needed for this Salad Recipe

How to Make Cranberry Salad with Oranges

These are the basic steps for making ocean spray cranberry relish recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Step by step process for making fresh cranberry sauce with oranges.

STEP 1: GRIND

First, pulse or grind cranberries, orange and apples using a meat grinder or food processor.

STEP 2: STIR

Next, stir in sugar and pineapple. Finally, refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Step by step process for making fresh cranberry sauce with oranges.

Prep and Storage Tips for Ocean Spray Cranberry Relish Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

 Cranberry relish can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It is a great make ahead side.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Store this sweet salad in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.To use, remove it from the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cranberry Orange Salad

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try adding some sugar substitute for this recipe.Also, mix the leftovers with yogurt or gelatin for even more great meals.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT CITRUS FRUIT?

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

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.

Fresh cranberry relish in a white bowl with orange peel, mint and cranberry garnish.

Expert Tips for Making This Cranberry Orange Salad Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Finely chopped walnuts or pecans add a nice texture and crunch to this relish.
  • Top: Top relish with some fresh lemon zest or orange zest to add a zing. Avoid the pith so it is not bitter or garnish with some fresh goat cheese for a creamier finish. A little fresh mint is also wonderful.
  • 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 or a pinch of salt warms up the dish nicely.

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4.46 from 62 votes

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
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.
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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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Expert Tips

 
  • Add Nuts: Finely chopped walnuts or pecans add a nice texture and crunch to this relish.
  • Top: Top relish with some fresh lemon zest or orange zest to add a zing. Avoid the pith so it is not bitter or garnish with some fresh goat cheese for a creamier finish. A little fresh mint is also wonderful.
  • 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.

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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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, orange

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18 thoughts on “Fresh Cranberry Salad with Oranges”

  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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