This cranberry orange relish is a bright and refreshing no-cook holiday treat and about the quickest to make! It only requires combining three whole-food ingredients in a food processor. We're using the entire satsuma in this recipe, so you don't even have to zest, juice, or peel!
This recipe was inspired by an episode of The Great British Baking Show, when one of the contestants making pavlova combined an entire orange with dates in his food processor. Because the peel holds so much flavor, I loved this quick and easy idea and thought it would apply well to a cranberry orange relish. And it does! So, instead of having to peel, zest, or juice the satsumas or oranges in this recipe, all you have to do is quarter them. That helps this recipe come together in just a few minutes - hooray!
I love the flavor of this relish. It's sweet and tart, with the flavors of each of the three ingredients shining through. This makes it a welcome contrast to often-heavy holiday meals. I also enjoy it for breakfast in a parfait, oatmeal, or on toast.
Just three whole-food ingredients required:
- satsumas or small oranges
- fresh cranberries
- medjool dates
To make this cranberry orange relish, all you have to do is combine the three ingredients in your food processor. That's it! It's best to pulse so you can ensure the texture you'd like.
With just three ingredients, there isn't much room for substitutions.
Satsumas work well, but if you don't have access to them, small oranges will work.
I have only used medjool dates for this recipe, but other types of dates may work if you don't have medjool.
- A couple seeds aren't a problem, so you don't need to worry too much about them unless you see several - then I'd remove them so that they don't make the relish bitter.
- Scan through your cranberries and make sure they all look fresh. Remove any that are too wrinkled or spotty. If that reduces your 12 ounces by a handful, that's ok - you should still have plenty of cranberries for the recipe.
- Remember to remove the stems and pits of the dates before putting them in the food processor.
- Be sure to wash the citrus and cranberries well before making the recipe, especially since no cooking is involved.
Three Ingredient Cranberry Orange Relish
- food processor
- 3 satsumas medium, or small oranges
- 12 ounces cranberries fresh
- 10 medjool dates or up to 12, depending on how sweet you like it
- Cut the satsumas into quarters and give a quick check to see if there are seeds. A seed or two is fine, but more can make the relish bitter. Add the quartered satsumas to the food processor.
- Glance over your cranberries and remove any shriveled or spotty ones. Add them to the food processor.
- Remove the pits and stems of the dates and add them to the food processor.
- Use the pulse option on your food processor to pulse a few times, then check the consistency. Continue to pulse until all the fruit has been broken down some. Taste and add another date or two if you'd like it sweeter.
- Serve with traditional Thanksgiving holiday food, on sandwiches, stirred into yogurt, chia puddings, or oatmeal, over ice cream, on toast, or all by itself. Can be stored in the fridge for up to a few days.