Paleo/Whole30 Cranberry Orange Relish
Updated: Mar 9
Are you looking for a fresh and tangy cranberry relish for your turkey and mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving? Boy are you going to love this recipe! This vibrant Paleo and Whole30 friendly cranberry orange relish is perfectly sweet, tangy, and tart and is sure to make your taste buds sing!
Medjool dates and a little pure maple syrup perfectly balances the tart cranberries and bitter orange zest to create a mouthwatering condiment that will enhance any meal from Thanksgiving turkey to turkey sandwiches the next afternoon!
Why Cranberries are So Good for You!
Cranberries are considered a super food and for good reason! They are loaded with vitamins (C, A, K, E, and B), minerals (potassium, calcium and iron to name a few), gut healthy fiber, and five different antioxidants! 
Antioxidants are essential to our health and wellbeing as studies have shown that they may protect cells against free radicals, which may lead to disease. . One of the antioxidants found in cranberries is quercetin, which supports immune health and fights inflammation.
Can I make Paleo Cranberry Orange Relish ahead of time?
Yes, yes and yes! I always make mine at least one to two days before I want to serve it! This not only takes one thing off my plate when I have so many other dishes to prepare over the holidays, but it also give the relish plenty of time to settle and marinate all those beautiful flavors together. In my opinion, the relish tastes better when it has been made at least a day in advance, just store it in an airtight container until ready to eat.
What if I don't have a food processor?
Paleo Cranberry and Orange Relish can be made without a food processor! If you don't own one or if it's occupied at the moment, just grab your blender and get to work! Be sure to add the supremes first since they are so juicy, they will breakdown and provide the liquid needed to process the cranberries and zest. Have your blender plunger handy to help push any larger pieces towards the blades to get a nice consistent mince. If you are making a larger batch of the relish, do this in batches so you don't overwhelm and crowd the pitcher.
How do I eat Paleo Cranberry Orange Relish if I have leftovers or for when it's not the holidays?
This versatile relish pairs well with turkey, ham, and seafood dishes. You can also use it as a topping over bake brie, as a condiment for a charcuterie board, in a bowl of unsweetened dairy-free yogurt or ice cream, or as an amazing addition to a turkey or ham sandwich! Its naturally sweet and tangy profile pairs with almost anything so be creative!
Paleo/Whole30 Cranberry Orange Relish Ingredients
12oz Fresh Cranberries
1 medium Organic Orange*
3 Pitted Medjool Dates, room temperature
1 Tbsp-1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup, sweetened to your preference
Pinch of Sea Salt
*I love to use Cara Cara or a California Navel Orange
How to make Paleo/Whole30 Cranberry Orange Relish
1. Rinse the cranberries in a large bowl of cool water, removing any berries that are not up to par. Drain in a colander and then throughly wash the orange and dry.
2. Using a veggie peeler, slice off all the orange zest from the orange and set aside while you supreme the orange. To supreme the orange, carefully slice off the peel and pith to the fruit using a curving motion when cutting. If you leave behind any of the pith, carefully cut it off.
3. You can see the membranes of the orange slices showing each individual wedge, using a paring knife carefully slice out the orange wedge and add it to your food processor.
4. Add the cranberries, orange zest, dates and salt to the processor and process until finely chopped. Taste and pulse in maple syrup, a little at a time, until desired sweetness.
5. Transfer to a clean glass jar with a lid or a bowl if you are making this a day or two in advance, if you are serving it later today then transfer it to a clean dish and cover.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
What to Serve with Paleo Cranberry and Orange Relish
This fresh and tasty dish is so easy and versatile that I find this pairs well with my Smoked Spatchcock Chicken , Whipped Potatoes , and Perfect Steamed Broccoli for an everyday, simple dinner when you're not making it for Thanksgiving or The Holidays!
I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. - Amy