Melissa d’Arabian’s Cranberry Salsa Recipe


You may know Melissa d’Arabian from the Food Network program “Ten Dollar Dinners.” As the name suggests, Melissa is all about budget cooking but eating well at the same time.  She recently featured some Thanksgiving leftover recipes in Food Network Magazine, and this cranberry salsa recipe is one of them! Throw together your leftover cranberry sauce and a few other ingredients and you’ve got a pretty delicious dipping sauce! See the recipe after the jump!

Cranberry Salsa

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1/2 cup canned whole cranberry sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
1/2 white onion coarsely chopped, covered and microwaved for 1 minute
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup Mexican-flavored canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place the cranberry sauce, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, onion, red pepper, green pepper, tomatoes, and salt, and pepper, to taste in a food processor and pulse until blended, but still chunky. Serve with Turkey Taquitos.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ease of preparation: easy

If you’re looking for some more Thanksgiving cooking tips and recipes, be sure to tune in to the following programs:

Dear Food Network
Saturday, November 13th at 9pm
“Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved”
Food Network stars save Thanksgiving once again by answering viewer questions and dishing up fantastic recipes destined to become new family favorites. Aaron McCargo Jr., Aarón Sánchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chris Cosentino, Claire Robinson, Melissa d’Arabian, and Sandra Lee count down the most common Turkey Day questions as searched on

Ten Dollar Dinners

Sunday, November 14th at 12:30pm ET/PT
Melissa d’Arabian gets creative with classic Thanksgiving dishes to prepare an entirely new dinner menu to use up all those leftovers. Crunchy and cheesy Turkey Taquitos make the perfect salty foil for sweet and tangy Cranberry Salsa. For dessert, baked Sweet Potato Empanadas get a dusting of cinnamon-sugar and a dollop of creamy yogurt.

And for even more cranberry recipes, click here!

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