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Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer

This Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer is perfect for any winter party, and your family will swoon over the fresh cranberry salsa. Serve with low-carb tortilla chips, low-carb pita bread, jicama slices, or other dippers of your choice. 

PIN Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer!

This Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer starts with Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa that I made for Thanksgiving. I loved the fresh cranberry salsa, and it’s gotten nothing but raves on the blog. So if you’re looking for a fun holiday appetizer that’s relatively healthy and about as easy as it gets, I highly recommend making cranberry salsa and then turning some of it into this fun cranberry cream cheese appetizer.

And you can freeze the salsa!  Knowing it freezes well is just one more thing to love about Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa.

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Making Low-Carb Tortilla Chips to Serve with this Appetizer:

(See the recipe for other options for dippers.)

  1. I used low-carb tortillas to make chips to serve with this to keep it lower in carbs. But this would also be delicious with my favorite low-carb pita bread.
  2. If you want to make your own low-carb tortilla chips like I did, start with low carb tortillas, cut them into triangles.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and spread out the tortilla triangles, and bake in a 400F/200C oven for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Watch them carefully or you’ll get some that are a little too brown like I did!

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Assembling Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. To make the appetizer, choose an attractive oven-proof baking dish and with olive oil.
  2. Put a block of cream cheese in the dish and bake about 10 minutes, or just until it looks slightly melted.
  3. Then cover the cream cheese with Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa, and serve hot with dippers of your choice.

Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Holiday Appetizer found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Recipes for Healthier Holiday Appetizers:

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Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer

Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer

Yield 8 appetizer servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

This Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer is perfect for any winter party.


  • 8 oz. package  cream cheese (see notes)
  • olive oil (for spraying baking sheet and dish)
  • One cup (or slightly more) Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa (see notes)
  • pita chips, tortilla chips, celery sticks, or jicama slices to scoop up the dip


To Make Tortilla Chips:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.  Spray baking sheet and crockery baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cut the lavash or tortilla chips into triangle shapes and arrange in a single layer on the sprayed baking sheet.  (You may need two baking sheets.)
  3. Bake in a 400F/200C oven for 4-5 minutes. Watch them carefully or you'll get some that are a little too brown like I did!

To Make the Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer:

  1. Follow instructions to make the cranberry salsa.
  2. Choose an oven-proof baking dish and spray lightly with olive oil.
  3. Place unwrapped block of cream cheese in the baking dish.
  4. Put baking dish into the oven and cook just until the cream cheese is starting to soften.
  5. This will take about 10 minutes for the cream cheese to be soften enough to scoop up with a chip. (If you’re not making the chips, you can also put the block of cream cheese into a microwave to soften on high for 3-4 minutes.)
  6. To serve, spoon a generous amount of Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa over the softened cream cheese.
  7. Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, celery sticks, or jicama slices to scoop up the dip.
  8. This will go quickly so you might want to double the recipe.


The recipe for Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa makes about 2 cups; I would use about half that amount (or slightly more) to make this appetizer. Use regular or reduced fat cream cheese, whichever you prefer.

Nutritional information doesn't include tortilla chips, pita bread, celery sticks, or jicama slices used to scoop up the dip.

Kalyn’s version of this recipe is adapted from ideas from several sources.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
To make this Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Holiday Appetizer suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet, make the salsa with Stevia in the Raw sweetener, or your favorite low-carb sweetener and use celery, jicama for dippers or low-carb whole wheat pita or tortillas to make the chips. There are some carbs in the cranberries even when it’s made with a low-carb sweetener, so this would be a limited food for South Beach or other low-carb diet plans.

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    14 Comments on “Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Appetizer”

  1. I am genuinely thankful to the owner of this website who has shared this fantastic piece of writing at at this place.

  2. MMMMMM…. love all the flavor combinations!

  3. It's sad that we only eat cranberries during the holiday. This recipe is a perfect excuse to eat them more often. Hope you are doing well! Merry Christmas to you!!

  4. Thanks everyone! I am eating this right now with SOFTENED GOAT CHEESE and it's amazing that way too.

  5. Love it. All of it!

  6. Your recipes are so flavorful and GORGEOUS. This one is so incredibly bright for the holidays. Have a most wonderful Christmas!

    Cheers! – Donna

  7. This looks good enough to bring to a holiday party, and it's so festive! I love how you made your own homemade, healthier pita chips. That's a great way to lighten up this season.

  8. I made something similar at Thanksgiving and it was a hit with everyone!!

  9. Thanks Joanne. It did make a nice meatless lunch for me!

  10. I think it's definitely an awesome meatless monday post! So many appetizers have meat in them somewhere so it's great to have one that doesn't!

    And one with my favorite winter/fall fruit 😛

  11. Lydia, my pleasure. And I know you are not a cilantro fan so I would try it with a smaller amount of parsley!

  12. I never did make a batch of this salsa at Thanksgiving, but I have cranberries in the freezer all ready to go. I love how easy this is, and I really love using the Joseph's low-carb lavash, which is a staple in my pantry. Thanks for including my roasted shrimp appetizer, too.

  13. Thanks TW! And I did pretty much make a lunch of it on the day I took those photos. I am working hard so I can start to relax!

  14. Well, I think I could easily make a meal out of this! Hope you're enjoying your holiday preparations, Kalyn!