Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

Not to give canned cranberry sauce a hard time, but you just don’t know what you’re missing until you try a good, old-fashioned, fresh cranberry relish for your holiday or comfort food table. This Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish is simple and easy—just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, and you’ve got a bright, tart, aromatic, cheerful accompaniment for savory dishes at your table. The citrus adds a pop of flavor and aroma to this relish, which calls upon a package of fresh cranberries, in season in the fall and winter months. Make this recipe up and store it in the refrigerator to use for a week of wonderful dining experiences. I adore serving this fresh cranberry orange relish as an accompaniment with savory veggie balls, lentil patties, sandwiches, wraps, casseroles, grain dishes, and cooked beans, lentils, or peas. This recipe is 100% plant-based (vegan), gluten-free, and light in sugar, too. It will soon be a favorite on your holiday menu!


Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 1 medium orange (zest and juice)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup*
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place cranberries in a small pot.
  2. Add the zest and juice of the orange, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  3. Heat over medium, and stir, cooking for about 8-10 minutes, until thickened and tender, but still bright in color.
  4. Store in airtight container.
  5. Serve with savory recipes, including veggie balls, nut loaves, or lentil patties.
  6. Makes 2 cups (about 8 ¼-cup servings).


*May adjust maple syrup according to your taste preference.


  • Serving Size: 1

Serve this recipe with some of my favorite savory entrees, including:

Lentil Patties with Basil Arugula Cashew Cream
Sage White Bean Veggie Balls with Pomegranate Mandarin Sauce
Sage Lentils with Squash and Mushrooms

For more ideas on how to use fresh cranberries, check out The Plant-Powered Dietitian.

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