I just have to say it….this is the best no sugar added cranberry relish I have ever eaten. I know what you are thinking. This must be some tart relish.  Well, it’s not. It’s sweetened with apple cranberry juice concentrate and it’s just the right amount of tart and tangy with a little sweetness and such a beautiful color. I don’t know why cranberry relish only shows up around the holidays and then is forgotten again until next year. It’s so good and good for you. Here is my recipe for cranberry relish that can be served as a beautiful side dish on your holiday table and as a bonus, an idea for a wonderful salad with baby spinach, cranberry relish, goat cheese and a drizzle of strawberry balsamic vinegar and olive oil.


  • 12 oz package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (about 8 whole berries)
  • 8 oz unsweetened apple cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tbsp kuzu root powder
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Pour the thawed apple cranberry juice concentrate in a medium saucepan and stir in the kuzu root powder until dissolved. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Turn heat off and set aside to cool.

    Bring juice concentrate and kuzu root powder to a boil

  2. Using a paring knife or zester remove the zest from the orange and place in a food processor.

    Remove the zest from the orange

  3. Peel the orange and place in the processor along with the cranberries and strawberries.

    All ingredients placed in the food processor

  4. Process on low 1-2 minutes until the relish is coarsely chopped.

    Coarsely chopped ingredients

  5. Add in the cooled sauce and chopped walnuts (if using). Chill and serve.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 8 servings.

Serving size 1/4 cup.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 48.5, Cal. from Fat: .5, Total Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 12.5g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 1.5g, Protein: 0g, Sodium: 5mg, Chol: 0mg


Cranberry relish is so versatile. It can be eaten as is, tossed with a salad (see recipe here), made into bread, cookies, or muffins or as a condiment on sandwiches (see recipe here).

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