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Easy Cranberry Relish Recipe (with a Kick!)

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, fans ask NPR’s Susan Stamberg for her mother-in-law’s easy cranberry relish recipe.

It has a unique and tangy taste (thanks to the horseradish)! It cuts through and perks up the turkey and gravy.

Its also good on next-day turkey sandwiches or with roast beef.

It  may not be the prettiest, but it tastes terrific! 🙂

This unique and super easy cranberry relish recipe has become a favorite at my boyfriend’s traditional family Thanksgiving get together.

I’ve been hounding his Aunt Meg for two years trying to track down the recipe!

I knew it must be the perfect easy cranberry relish recipe that could be made faster in a blender (of course!)

She finally sent it to me, and I’ve adapted it below with a vegan option – plus used unrefined sugar – and a power blender however you can also use a food processor.

You can quickly this easy cranberry relish recipe make this in the morning, or make ahead of time, freeze and thaw the morning of your holiday party!

Be sure to join our community for more healthy side dishes and tips from Blender Babes!

If you try this easy recipe for cranberry relish, please let us know what you think by rating it in the comments. HAPPY BLENDING! 🙂


Cranberries are often a popular part of holiday celebrations. We enjoy it in the form of cranberry sauce and dried cranberries added to stuffing, casseroles or desserts.

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Coming in at only 25 calories per half cup, cranberries have high vitamin and fiber content. It’s also packed with some great health benefits when consumed often.

Vitamin C – a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body’s resistance against infectious agents.
Sailors once carried cranberries aboard their ships to avoid scurvy because of their high vitamin C content.

Fiber– High fiber intake is associated with significantly lowering risks for developing stroke, hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease and obesity.

Increased fiber intake also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Vitamin E – a fat -soluble antioxidant involved in immune function that may help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.

Easy Recipe for Cranberry Relish by Blender Babes

Easy Cranberry Relish Recipe

Recipe Adapted from NPR’s Susan Stamberg’s Mother-in-Law
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 12 - 1/4 cups
Calories 137 kcal


  • 2 cups whole raw cranberries washed
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 3/4 cup sour cream OR vegan sour cream such as Tofutti
  • 1/2 cup unrefined sugar
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish* from a jar


  • Place into a power blender in the order listed, secure lid.
  • For Blendtec and Vitamix: PULSE** several times being sure to keep chunky (do not puree).
  • The relish will be thick, creamy, and a shocking pink.
  • Put in a plastic container and freeze.
  • Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


* Horseradish: red is a bit milder than white
** If your Vitamix does not have a PULSE feature, turn the machine to high and turn on and off to equal 1 pulse.


Serving: 1gCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 0.7gFat: 3.1gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 6.3mgSodium: 29.3mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 25.7g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Easy Cranberry Relish Recipe Quickly Made In Your Blender by @BlenderBabes



1. What makes this cranberry relish recipe unique?

This cranberry relish recipe stands out for its tangy taste, thanks to the addition of horseradish. It’s not only a flavorful complement to turkey and gravy but also perfect for next-day turkey sandwiches or with roast beef.

2. Can this recipe be made in advance?

Absolutely! You can make this cranberry relish ahead of time and freeze it. Simply thaw it in the refrigerator the morning of your holiday party. It’s a convenient and time-saving option for busy hosts.

3. Is there a vegan option for this recipe?

Yes, you can easily make this recipe vegan by using vegan sour cream, such as Tofutti, instead of regular sour cream. It’s a versatile recipe that can accommodate various dietary preferences.

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4. Why should I include cranberries in my diet?

Cranberries are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. They are low in calories and rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Additionally, cranberries are packed with fiber, promoting digestive health and reducing the risk of various diseases.

5. How can I incorporate cranberries into my holiday meals?

You can enjoy cranberries in various forms during holiday celebrations. Aside from cranberry relish, you can add dried cranberries to stuffing, casseroles, or desserts. Cranberry sauce is also a classic accompaniment to turkey dinners.

6. Can I make this recipe in a regular blender?

While a power blender is recommended for this recipe, you can also use a food processor to achieve similar results. However, be mindful of the texture and pulse the ingredients to maintain a chunky consistency.

7. What are the health benefits of cranberries?

Cranberries offer numerous health benefits, including being rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. They support immune function, aid in digestion, and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

8. How long does this cranberry relish last in the freezer?

This cranberry relish can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. Just be sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before serving. It’s a convenient make-ahead dish for busy holiday gatherings.

9. Can I adjust the sweetness of this recipe?

Certainly! If you prefer a sweeter relish, you can adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. Similarly, you can vary the amount of horseradish for a milder or stronger flavor profile.

10. How can I ensure the relish stays chunky?

To maintain a chunky texture, pulse the ingredients in the blender rather than pureeing them. This ensures that the relish retains its desired consistency and texture.

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Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the Founder and CEO of Blender Babes. A former roadshow representative for a leading blender company, Tarashaun started Blender Babes in 2012 after discovering how instrumental a high-powered blender was in getting her personal health back on track. Physically and emotionally transformed from her journey back to health, Tarashaun vowed to help others find wellness. She is committed to thoroughly test and review the best blenders and healthy lifestyle products on the market to help her community make the best choices for themselves and family. Tarashaun offers several free resources to help people use their blender to get healthy including a 7 Day Superfood Smoothie Challenge. Blender Babes has also negotiated special deals and offers for products they love most.

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