Simple, Yet Festive: Kim’s Cranberry Relish

Simple, Yet Festive:  Kim’s Cranberry Relish

I adore cranberries. They’re sour, saucy and so much more. From drinks to breads, they add color and tang to so many dishes. The holiday table just wouldn’t be complete without this complimentary condiment.

If you’ve only had cooked cranberries, you will be pleasantly surprised by how delicious and refreshing they taste raw. This cranberry salad will definitely make you a fan of the cran. Simple, but festive, it’s become a staple at my house during the winter months. Loaded with tart cranberries, it also has the goodness of apples, oranges and walnuts. It’s the perfect accompaniment to turkey or ham, but can stand on its own any time of day. Hello, breakfast, lunch or snack hanging out in the fridge.

As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list. They outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable in disease-fighting antioxidants and are often referred to as a “superfood.” Combined with apple, orange, celery and walnuts, this salad also ranks high in vitamin C, fiber and essential fatty acids. Not to mention, half a cup contains only 25 calories.

As an added bonus, this dish comes together in under 10 minutes. Cut stuff up. Throw it in the food processor. A few quick pulses and you’re done. And because the flavors need to mix, it’s a great make-ahead dish.

Give this cranberry salad a try for your holiday celebrations. I think you’ll agree that it’s a great alternative in place of traditional cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Relish
3 cups fresh cranberries (one package)
1 orange, quartered (slice quarters into halves)
1 large apple, cut into chunks
1 celery stalk, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ cup shelled walnuts
½ cup sugar (or substitute 3 ½ Tbsp. (12 packets) of Truvia)

Directions
In a food processor, combine cranberries, orange, apple, and celery pieces. Process until finely chopped.

Be careful not to process too long or mixture will become mushy. Add the walnuts and pulse until chopped. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in sugar. Refrigerate until serving time.

Nutrition Facts:
½ cup serving (using sugar). Amount Per Serving: Total Calories 111, Total Fat 8.6 g (Saturated Fat 0.8 gm, Mono Unsaturated Fat 1.1), Total carb. 19 g

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Kim Becker

My name is Kim Becker. I live in Lavalette, W.Va. I love to eat! I also love to feel good about what I eat. That’s why I’m always looking for healthy, seasonal recipes that don’t require a lot of time or ingredients. The thrill of making a delicious, nourishing dish that came together with a minimum amount of effort and clean-up inspires me to continue on my quest to find another equally impressive dish to add to my repertoire. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to making healthy food choices, or if you are already following a healthy diet but need some recipe ideas, I hope you will find some inspiration in my monthly recipes and cooking tips.

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