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Pecan and Orange Cranberry Relish

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups 1x


In a hurry? Make this healthy, make ahead side dish for the Thanksgiving holidays.  Fresh ingredients like oranges, jalapeño, and toasted pecans make this gluten free pecan and orange cranberry relish a wonderful treat.  This recipe makes enough for a crowd, and tastes great on leftover turkey sandwiches.


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (237g)
  • 2 large navel oranges, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (264g)
  • 1/2 tablespoon salted butter (7g)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (65g)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced (35g)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced (34g)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (reserve some for garnish)
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves, cut in ribbons (reserve some for garnish)


  1. Pulse the cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
  2. Peel and section the room temperature oranges, making sure to remove most of the pith.  Cut each section into 6or 7 bite-sized pieces.  Dice the red onion and jalapeño pepper, then grate the ginger and squeeze the lime juice.
  3. Toast the pecans in the butter over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until browned (about 3 minutes).  Let cool on paper towel.
  4. Stir together the cranberries, oranges, red onion, jalapeño, ginger, lime juice, and sugar until well blended.  Taste and add more sugar or fresh lime juice as desired.
  5. Cover the relish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
  6. Just before serving, stir in the pecans along with most of the mint ribbons and orange zest.  Garnish with the remaining orange zest and mint.  Serve chilled.


  • Make up to three days in advance.  Add the pecans, mint and orange zest just before serving.
  • The white sugar can be reduced to 1/2 cup or replaced with 1/3 cup agave nectar or honey.
  • Use leftovers on top of cream cheese bagels or leftover turkey sandwiches.
  • Leave out the nuts, jalapeños, and ginger for less ingredients and less prep work.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fresh, salad, easy


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