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Cranberry-Pear Salsa

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 4-1/2 cups.

With a spicy jolt from the serrano chile, this salsa is a refreshing take on the traditional accompaniment to a roasted bird, yet the flavors blend gracefully and don’t overwhelm. Leftovers are delicious with tortilla chips or spread on a turkey sandwich.


  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries, picked over and stemmed
  • 1-1/2 cups peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped pears (about 2 medium or 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 fresh serrano chile, cored, seeded, and minced
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbs. fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • Pinch salt

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 1/4 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 60
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 10
  • Fat (g): 1
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 10
  • Carbohydrates (g): 14
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 0


  • Coarsely chop the cranberries (or pulse them in a food processor until coarsely chopped). Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Taste and adjust the seasonings.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Meljoy | 11/28/2012

    Delicious! It's sweet, and flavorful with a variety of textures and depth! Love it! Excellent with Tostitos Scoops for just a touch of salty with all the sweetness!

  • lovebu9 | 02/03/2011

    Such a refreshing salsa! I brought this to bible study around Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. Colors are beautiful. I recommend using red serranos just for the warmth of different colors of red.I have tried this with a few different serving breads. Scoop tortilla chips are good, but our favorite was croissant pieces. Mmmm!

  • culinarycoach | 11/15/2009

    Great recipe and pretty to look at, too! Be sure to use "scoop" tortilla chips (or make your own) when you use as an appetizer - pieces fall off of regular chips. The sweet, tart and heat create a party in your mouth! AJBB

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