Get festive with this delicious Cranberry Cilantro Dip! It’s delicious, unique, and the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering.

A generous spread of cranberry cilantro dip on a cracker.

Friends, this dip is awesome! It’s basically a fresh cranberry salsa atop a cream cheese base.

And I’m all about the cranberries around the holidays. Have you tried my white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies yet? They’re amazing! As is my cranberry chutney.

Bowl of cranberries.

I realize most holiday parties have probably already taken place. If you’re one of the few who haven’t thrown your party yet, then I’m in luck! And so are you! I have an addicting appetizer you need to make ASAP.

Cranberry Cilantro Dip isn’t you’re typical run-of-the-mill party food.

So when you walk in bringing this delicious and unique dip, your friends and family will be begging you for the recipe! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make. It’s just a matter of pressing the “pulse” button on your food processor. Easy peasy.

Spread of cranberries, cilantro, green onions, lemons, and sugar for Cranberry Cilantro Dip.

The above photo illustrates exactly what you need for this dip (minus the cream cheese).

Ingredients for Cranberry Cilantro Dip:

  1. Fresh cranberries. Every grocery store usually carries fresh cranberries come November.
  2. Cilantro.
  3. Green onions.
  4. Lemons.
  5. Jalapeno. I add about 1/2 a jalapeño to my cranberry salsa. If you love salsa with a good kick, you might consider upping the jalapeño amount.
  6. Sugar, to balance the bitterness of the cranberries.
  7. Cumin, because, salsa.
  8. Cream cheese.

Cranberry Cilantro Dip

Cranberry Cilantro Dip spread on a cracker, with a spoon in the background.

This dip is so addicting! You guys are going to love it! We gobbled it right up.

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Cranberry Cilantro Dip spread on a cracker, with a spoon in the background.
5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Cilantro Dip

A festive cranberry salsa atop a spread of cream cheese. 
prep time 20 mins
cook time 3 hrs 40 mins
total time 4 hrs
servings: 15 servings
calories: 167kcal
author: Salt & Baker


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 4 green onions, chopped (heaping 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon, heaping chopped jalapeno, seeded and deveined
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened.


  • In the bowl of a food processor, add the cranberries. Pulse until they are coarsely chopped. Add the green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, cumin, and lemon juice. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped. Place the mixture into a bowl and cover. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.*
  • In a 9-9 ½ inch pie plate (or a serving plate of your choosing), spread the cream cheese in an even layer. Spread the cranberry cilantro mixture over the cream cheese. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with crackers. **


*If you're short on time, this step isn't absolutely necessary. Refrigerating the cranberry salsa just helps the flavor develop. 
** This makes the perfect holiday appetizer!
Recipe Source: Salt & Baker
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Cilantro Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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