5 Healthy Cranberry Recipes You Can Make Tonight

Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney on plate with green beans

Bursting with tart flavor, cranberries are a tasty addition to any meal. But they're extra special around the holidays, when fresh cranberries are readily available. Start making your own cranberry sauce, fresh cranberry salads, chicken smothered in cranberries, and more cranberry recipes that are great any time of year. Bonus: Cranberries are packed with antioxidants. Each of these healthy cranberry recipes is ready in under 50 minutes, so you can serve a nutritious home-cooked meal any night.

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Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken
Andy Lyons

Keep the ingredients on hand for this festive but easy-to-produce entrée and you can whip it up on short notice—ideal for spontaneous gatherings of friends and family. Toss it in the slow cooker and you'll have a delicious dinner in just three hours.

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Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Yes, this healthy fresh cranberry recipe does require a bit of chill time, but we're still including it in this collection of fast and fresh cranberry recipes because you can chill for up to two days. That means, if you plan ahead, you could finish assembling this recipe in about 5 minutes on a busy weeknight. Serve this salad as is, or add your favorite protein to make it an all-in-one meal.

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Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Cranberry-Orange Chutney

It's the classic cranberry flavor combination: cranberry-orange. It's used all the time for good reason. Tart fresh cranberries are deliciously complemented by sweet, juicy oranges. However, this chutney gets a savory twist from smoked bacon. Use it on salmon, pork, chicken, or your whatever protein is in your kitchen.

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Tarragon Chicken Salad with Cranberries

Tarragon Chicken Salad Cranberries
Jason Donnelly

Without question, this salad has visual appeal: tart berries, toasted almonds, and fresh tarragon brighten the dish. Present it as a salad course over mixed greens or healthy lunch. The 15-minute recipe can be customized with chopped walnuts or pecans.

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Cranberry Borscht

Cranberry Borscht

A savory blend of beets, potatoes, and horseradish is brightened up with a cup of chopped cranberries and fresh parsley. Finish your bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

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