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THE BEST Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

Fresh Cranberry Relish is an easy recipe made with fresh cranberries, apples, pecans, crushed pineapple, and sugar. It’s a yummy addition to your holiday meal or a condiment on sandwiches using fresh cranberries.

If you’re looking for more great recipes, Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Rice with Caramelized Onions will help you on your quest. They are not only great Thanksgiving recipes, but are also perfect for everyday meals.

Cranberry Relish with Nuts Recipe in a White Dish
Cranberry Relish with Apples, Pineapple, and Nuts

This raw cranberry relish has a tart flavor that compliments meats like roasted turkey, chicken, glazed ham, pork tenderloin, pork chops, and roasts. It’s the perfect recipe to add fresh flavors to your Thanksgiving dinner.

What is Fresh Cranberry Relish?

This relish recipe is made with uncooked ingredients featuring fresh cranberries and sugar. Additional ingredients like nuts, pineapple, oranges, celery, jalapeño peppers, and pears are ideas for changing this recipe.

The two cranberry dishes served with turkey are traditional cranberry sauce or this relish. I like to have both for my Thanksgiving table. They are two of my favorite things about the holiday season.

Interesting Facts About Cranberries

Close-up photo of fresh cranberries for Cranberry Relish with Nuts
Fresh Cranberries
  1. The majority of cranberries grown in the United States come from Wisconsin. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, in 2017, 62% of the cranberries came from Wisconsin.
  2. There are only three fruits native to North America, and cranberries are one of them.
  3. Most of the cranberries sold are for processed foods. Only 5% of the cranberries are sold fresh.
  4. Cranberries are a perennial crop grown in human-made bogs or wetlands.
  5. Wisconsin is home to the world’s largest cranberry festival. The Warrens Cranberry Festival is a three-day event celebrating Wisconsin’s state fruit.
  6. Cranberries are loaded with Vitamin C.

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Here is the recipe for the Best Cranberry Relish:

Ingredients for Relish

12-ounce bag of cranberries, fresh or frozen (thaw before using if they are frozen)

1/2 red apple, cored, unpeeled and roughly chopped

1/3 cup pecans

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1 cup sugar

Directions for Making Relish

  1. Add tart cranberries, apple, pecans, crushed pineapple, and white sugar in a food processor. Blend until well mixed together.

Tips for Making this Relish Recipe

  • You can substitute walnuts for pecans.
  • Adjust the sugar to your taste. If you prefer less tart flavors, add more sugar.
  • You can add orange peel or orange zest for some citrus flavor.
  • Fresh ginger is also a great addition to try for a different flavor.
  • You can also use an old fashioned grinder to process the recipe.
  • Pick out the good cranberries before processing.
  • To make orange cranberry relish, add a little orange juice and orange peel for a more citrus flavor. Top with orange slices for garnish.
  • Put this side dish in a beautiful serving dish on your holiday table.
  • You can also top baked brie with cranberry relish for a delicious appetizer.

How long does flavorful cranberry relish last in the refrigerator?

This simple cranberry relish recipe will last up to ten days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Can you freeze this relish recipe?

I don’t recommend freezing cranberry relish because the apple will turn to mush. It will be watery when thawed.

What’s the difference between cranberry sauce and cranberry relish?

Cranberry sauce is cooked down, and cranberry relish is made with raw ingredients.

Should the relish be served hot or cold?

The relish should be served cold.

What do you serve with this cranberry recipe?

You can serve this easy relish recipe during your holiday feast with favorite meats like roasted turkey, chicken, pork tenderloin, roast beef, and ham.

Leftover cranberry relish can be used as a topping for ice cream or yogurt. You can also pour it over a block of cream cheese and serve it with crackers.

Mix the relish with mayonnaise to use in sandwiches too. It’s also delicious on turkey sandwiches using leftover turkey with cream cheese, sliced onions, and sprouts.

Here’s how Cranberries are Grown

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Cranberry Bog

This great recipe is perfect for your Christmas dinner or your Thanksgiving turkey.

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Printable Version of Homemade Cranberry Relish with Nutritional Information

Cranberry Relish with Nuts Recipe
Yield: 8 Servings

Cranberry Relish with Nuts Recipe

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Cranberry relish with nuts is an easy recipe made with fresh cranberries, apple, crushed pineapple, and sugar. It's a flavorful condiment to add to your holiday meal.


  • 12-ounce bag of frozen or fresh cranberries (thaw cranberries if using frozen)
  • 1/2 unpeeled apple, chopped and cored
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until well mixed together.


1. You can substitute walnuts for pecans.

2. Adjust sugar to your taste.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 161Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 1g

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Friday 17th of November 2023

I love cranberry relish! Made some last year for the first time in ages. As my mother did, I used an apple, an orange and a lemon all ground together with the cranberries, and a bit of sugar to sweeten. Yum!

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