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You have to have cranberry on the table at Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t have to come from a can! This cranberry-orange relish is a quick twist on traditional cranberry sauce. You can make it up to three days ahead, and it maintains a not-too-sweet, not-too-tart flavor that will go with your turkey AND all the trimmings. If you can’t get your hands on fresh or frozen cranberries, this recipe could also spruce up the typical canned variety: just leave out the sugar, add the citrus and spices! A Vitamix or Blendtec blender will easily combine the ingredients, but you can use a “regular” food processor too.

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Cranberry-Orange Relish

Adapted from Cooking Light
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Course Holiday, Relish, Sauce, Side Dish
Servings 8
Calories 68 kcal


  • One 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen thawed cranberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup orange sections
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup sugar preferably raw
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Celtic salt
  • Cinnamon stick


  • Place all ingredients except cinnamon stick into your jar.
  • For Vitamix: Start at Variable Speed 1, turn the machine on and increase to Variable 3. Turn off when chopped but not pureed.
  • For Blendtec: Press the PULSE button until combined but not pureed.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick if desired and serve. If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


Serving: 1gCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 17.8gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSodium: 38mgFiber: 2.5g
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Light Cranberry Orange Relish
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Leslie Williams
Leslie Williams
Leslie Williams is a photographer and editor who has worked as a video producer, content marketer, activist, photographer, and creative online project manager. She is allergic to routine, fluent in cute animal GIFs and green smoothies, and loves to exchange travel stories. You can find her on Instagram.

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