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Light Cranberry Orange Relish

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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 light cranberry orange relish is a quick twist on traditional cranberry sauce.

Give a fresh twist on your Thanksgiving cranberry dish with this recipe! This light cranberry orange relish recipe offers a delightful blend of tart cranberries and citrusy orange flavors. In fact it’s perfect for complementing your holiday feast.

You can make it up to three days ahead. 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. In that case, 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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Cranberries grow in bogs — a distinctive type of wetland with acidic waters. Bogs are a harsh environment for delicate fruits. However, cranberries have tough leaves and stems that retain fresh water for growth.

Though natural bogs were formed by glaciers, now they are mostly man-made, as they demand a constant stream of fresh water as well as an ability to stay flooded.

Due to the delicate nature of cranberry bogs, most cranberry farming operations span generations and maintain less than twenty acres of bog.

Cranberries are worth the extra effort, though, being a primary remedy for urinary tract infections. They are also packed with phytonutrients that fight oral, colon, prostate, and breast cancers.

Light Cranberry Orange Relish

Light Cranberry Orange Relish FAQs

1. Can I use canned cranberries instead of fresh or frozen ones?

Yes, you can! Simply substitute canned cranberries for fresh or frozen ones in this recipe. However, just remember to adjust the sugar and omit it if the canned cranberries are already sweetened.

2. How far in advance can I make this cranberry orange relish?

You can prepare this relish up to three days ahead of time. It’s a great make-ahead dish for Thanksgiving or any holiday meal.

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3. Is this relish suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Absolutely! This cranberry orange relish recipe is entirely plant-based, making it perfect for vegetarians and vegans alike.

4. Can I adjust the sweetness of the relish to my liking?

Of course! Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar or honey in the recipe to suit your taste preferences. You can add more for a sweeter relish or reduce it for a tangier flavor.

5. How long does this relish last in the refrigerator?

When stored properly in an airtight container, this cranberry orange relish can last in the refrigerator for up to one week. Just make sure to cover it tightly to maintain its freshness.

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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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