Cran-Apple Salsa

Cran Apple Salsa | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

I originally posted this naturally gluten-free recipe last December so if it looks familiar, you may have seen it already.  I’ve added a picture to tempt your taste buds.  The cranberries in this recipe make it a perfect appetizer for the holidays, and you will love the combined flavors of the  ingredients.  My niece gave me this recipe, and it’s an interesting twist on salsa and chips.

We don’t like hot peppers so my recipe uses green chilies.  Feel free to substitute a hot pepper if you like.  I’m sure a sugar substitute would also work well in this recipe.  The ingredients are not items I always have on hand, so I have to plan ahead when I make it, but it is very simple to put together and is always a big hit.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Cran-Apple Salsa
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 3 medium apples, cored
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded
  • 1 small red onion
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup apple juice
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons canned green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Tortilla chips
  1. Finely dice the cranberries, apples, red pepper, and onion.
  2. Combine in a serving bowl and add the sugar, juice, cilantro, chilies, and lime peel. Stir well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.
A food processor is easiest, but you can certainly chop the ingredients by hand.


The theme of this week’s “What can I eat that’s gluten free?” is holiday party food.  Be sure to check back Wednesday for more ideas and to enter your link.

Tasty Tuesday has an appetizer theme this week as part of the Bloggy Progressive Dinner.
Thursday, Amy at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free is hosting the Holiday Food Fest with a theme of Holiday Cocktails, Mocktails, and Appetizers. You won’t want to miss those either.

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  1. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    This sounds so wonderful!I love the idea of the cranberry and apples. Yummy with sweet, tart, spicy, yum. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the giveaway. Thanks for participating in TMTT.

  2. Live.Love.Eat says

    I have a wonderful vivid picture in my head of this. Sounds great! Happy TMTT!!!!

  3. Joy @ Five J's says

    Interesting combination. Not sure I would have ever thought of combining some of those ingredients. Thanks for participating in our Bloggy Progressive Dinner!

  4. lana says

    I had something like this years ago and always wanted a recipe! Thanks for participating in TMTT!

  5. Heather @CeliacFamily says

    I love this! What a refreshing change to the typical chip and dip recipes. Look forward to trying it.

  6. Jenn says

    Yum! I love salsas that aren't your standard flavors, I totally see the sweet of the cranberry and apple combined with a little heat being a great mix and perfect for the holidays!!

  7. Liz@HoosierHomemade says

    Yum! I love apples and cranberries together. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free says

    What a great way to give guests a variation on tomato salsa. It would make a great chutney for meat, too. Thanks for sharing this at Holiday Food Fest!

  9. Carol@easytobeglutenfree says

    This salsa sounds delicious! So many of my favorite flavors. Definitely bookmarking this.

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