It’s officially time for Thanksgiving dinner prep! This is the best cranberry sauce I’ve ever had, but in all fairness, it’s practically the only cranberry sauce I’ve ever had. This is my family’s recipe for a no-cook cranberry relish: it’s both brighter and more textural than the cooked variety, and contains about ½ the sugar of a regular cranberry relish. It’s something you can whip up in minutes, and can be made ahead of time, to chill in the fridge for up to 24 hours, or even frozen ahead of time (I like to do this using my jumbo silicon cubes). Either way, it’s one less thing for you to tackle on the morning of which is a total win in my book!
How To Make My No-Cook Cranberry Relish
Step 1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the orange wedges, cranberries, apple quarters, pecans, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Step 2. Process for about 30 seconds, or until finely chopped, scraping the sides as needed to blend evenly. Don’t worry if at first it seems to be neglecting the top half of the mixture, as the bottom processes the top works its way down.
Step 3. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and let sit for at least 2 hours before serving to let the flavors meld.
Step 4. Enjoy!
What I Use To Make This:
What Else Can I Use?
- I’m using blood orange in this relish here, but any type of orange works great.
- Grapefruit is also lovely, and a bit less sweet in the relish so plan accordingly.
- I love the orange rind in this relish, and we’ve always used it, but it could be removed before blending.
- Any time of apple works in this recipe, granny smith is my choice for its tart, slightly sweet flavor and bit of green color the skin brings to the appearance of the relish.
- If you’d prefer to use a sugar alternative, you can use all or part monkfruit sweetener or another granulated sweetener of choice.
- Maple syrup works well in this relish, the mixture will just be a bit more liquified than you see here and appear closer to a chutney.
This No-Cook Cranberry Relish is special because:
There’s no fussy chopping and no extra dishes!
It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free and contains roughly half of the sugar of a regular cranberry relish.
You can make it ahead of time so it’s one less thing to think about on Thanksgiving morning!
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If you make my No-Cook Cranberry Relish, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment and rate the recipe. Your feedback means a lot to me! You can also post to Instagram and tag me so I can share your creations!
No-Cook Cranberry Relish (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan)
- My Food processor
- 1 orange cut into wedges with the rind
- 1 12 ounce bag of cranberries
- 1 granny smith apple de-seeded and quartered
- ½ cup pecans
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the orange wedges, cranberries, apple quarters, pecans, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
- Process for about 30 seconds, or until finely chopped, scraping the sides as needed to blend evenly. Don’t worry if at first it seems to be neglecting the top half of the mixture, as the bottom processes the top works its way down.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and let sit for at least 2 hours before serving to let the flavors meld.