Cranberry Apple Salsa (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

Cranberry Apple Salsa (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

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This cranberry salsa comes together really quickly with just a handful of ingredients. It’s super fresh tasting and goes well with meat, fish, and veggies. It’s perfect as a condiment for holiday meals. It is AIP/Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan. 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I can't believe how fast it's all gone by this year. I couldn't resist getting some cranberries and playing around with some recipes. I love how simple and versatile this one is (and healthy!). While it's perfect for holiday meals, it really works great for so many other things too.

I think of this as more of a condiment but my husband says it would be good as a stand-alone salad or side dish, kind of like a slaw. You would maybe just chop the ingredients a little bigger if it's going to be a salad type thing. It's up to you how you want to use it!


  • Fresh Cranberries- Fresh really is the best way to go here but in a pinch, you might be able to get away with frozen.
  • Granny Smith Apples- Really any type of apple will work fine. Make sure they're organic if possible.
  • Lemon Juice- This will prevent the apples from browning and ties all the flavors together really nicely.
  • Maple Syrup- This offsets the tartness of the cranberries. Honey would work well too. 
  • Mint Leaves- Mint pairs really well with cranberry and works great in this dish. Just be sure to use fresh mint if possible. 
  • Fresh Grated Ginger- I use the edge of a spoon to peel the skin of the ginger and then grate it. This adds a hint of spice to the salsa. If you don't like that, just omit this. If you need to substitute ginger powder, go with about 1/8 tsp. 
  • Garlic Cloves- Fresh is ideal but you could use garlic powder if needed. Use 1/4 tsp garlic powder in place of the 2 cloves.
  • Yellow Onion- Again, fresh is best but if needed, use about 1/4 tsp onion powder in place of the 1 tbsp fresh.
  • Sea SaltPink Himalayan is a good option because of its trace mineral content.

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Uses for Cranberry Salsa

  • Dip for chips and veggies
  • In wraps
  • Topping on meats, fish, and vegetables
  • Condiment/dressing on salads
  • Use as a standalone salad/side dish


The recipe calls for blending the ingredients in a food processor but how much you chop the mixture is up to you. If you want a chunkier salsa/relish, blend it less.

I use a cute mini food processor like this one because is it a lot easier to pull out of the cabinet and use it quickly and then wash it up when I'm done. Plus, a smaller food processor does a better job than a larger one when you have a small amount of food to blend.

Alternatively, you could skip the food processor entirely and just dice everything really small. It looks more like a really pretty salad if you do it this way.


This will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.

aip cranberry relish salsa

*If you like the heart-shaped sauce dish in the picture above you can find a set of those here.

If you like this recipe, you may also like:

Orange Cinnamon Dressing

AIP Pineapple Bacon Dipping Sauce

Easy AIP Bread Stuffing

AIP Sweet Potato Casserole with Cinnamon Crumb Topping


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Cranberry Apple Salsa (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: relish, salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Arika | FoodCourage


  • Small food processor (optional)


  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup Granny Smith apples, diced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, (about 1 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp yellow onion, diced
  • sea salt to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend into tiny pieces or desired consistency.


  • Storage: Keep in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.
  • Fresh Grated Ginger- If you need to substitute ginger powder, go with about 1/8 tsp. 
  • Garlic Cloves- Use 1/4 tsp garlic powder in place of the 2 cloves.
  • Yellow Onion- Use about 1/4 tsp onion powder in place of the 1 tbsp fresh.

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