Orange Cranberry Relish

Move over jellied cranberry sauce; there’s a new, fresh recipe in town. In partnership with our friends at Olive Tree in Kansas City, we’ve created this orange cranberry relish, made with fresh cranberries, pecans, orange zest, and their cranberry pear balsamic vinegar. This relish is perfect for dressing up your charcuterie board; it pairs perfectly with sharp cheese, or dress up your holiday table with the relish as a side dish.



Serving size – 12  Prep time – 5 minutes Cook time –  25 minutes


  1. Rinse the fresh cranberries and add to a large saucepan.

  2. Add in the water, sugar, and orange juice.

  3. Bring to a slow boil and boil for about 3-4 minutes, then lower heat to a simmer.

  4. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are cooked down and thickened.

  5. Add in the cranberry pear balsamic vinegar and orange zest and simmer for another 1-2 minutes.

  6. Remove from heat and add in the chopped pecans.

  7. Top with additional orange zest before serving, if preferred.


Making homemade cranberry relish is a very simple process. Simply wash your fresh cranberries and add them to a saucepan. Next, you’ll add in your sugar, water, and fresh orange juice. To soften the cranberries for the relish, you’re going to bring this to a slow boil and boil for about 3-4 minutes and then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. The cranberries will begin to soften and pop while the sugars allow the mixture to thicken. Lastly, you’ll add in the cranberry pear balsamic vinegar and orange zest and let simmer for a few more minutes. Finally, add in the chopped pecans, and your relish is ready to serve.


Balsamic vinegar is a reduction made from pressed grapes, typically Trebbiano or Lambrusco grapes. Olive Tree features high-quality balsamic vinegar that come from Modena, Italy. Their flavored vinegars are only flavored with natural ingredients and have no added sugar. The cranberry pear balsamic vinegar used in this recipe is thick and sweet, just as true balsamic vinegar should be. It also gives a nice punch to the orange cranberry relish.


Orange cranberry relish can be served as a condiment or as a side dish. It would pair well on a charcuterie board alongside various sharp or aged cheese. On the main dinner table, the relish can be served as a side dish to enhance your poultry or pork dishes. How would you serve this orange cranberry relish this holiday season?

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