Mealmade’s Spicy Cranberry Salsa

by Fresh Planet Flavor

Mealmade's Spicy Cranberry Salsa (#paleo #vegan #raw) | Fresh Planet Flavor

It’s 7:40pm in San Francisco, CA. It’s been dark for hours, and the wind has picked up in the South of Market district, where I’m racking my bar and weights after a CrossFit session—deadlifts tonight, plus my 20-rep back squat extra credit—and dreading 1) the solitary walk to the grocery store, 2) the effort of selecting ingredients, and 3) the time spent prepping and cooking before I’ll finally have a warm, healthy meal to enjoy.

But then the skies clear (figuratively) and my dinner plans are all sunshine again, because there’s still time to order a chef-made gourmet paleo meal from Mealmade! Mealmade is the newest face on the meal-delivery scene in San Francisco, and they’ve made a splash by offering inventive real-food fare that takes the hassle and guess-work out of a healthy meal.

I was introduced to Mealmade founder Jeff Nobbs by Anthony (creator of The Paleo Fix) and I’ve been hooked on the service ever since. True to the cradle-of-innovation spirit of their San Francisco/Silicon Valley environs, Jeff and Chef Sean are on a mission to evolve the way the world eats, starting with food delivery in San Francisco. Meals are made fresh to order in adherence to a paleo nutritional framework, and items are rotated on and off the menu according to seasonal preferences (peep their Thanksgiving menu!) and the company’s free-wheeling culture of experimentation. Chef Sean brings a playful je ne sais quoi to his concepts, and a healthy willingness to up the ante. Paleo fish and chips? Sure thing, but let’s improve upon a classic with a sprinkle of caviar. Salmon? Double-down on the omega-3s with some adorable #yolkporn in the form of quail eggs.

Mealmade launched approximately six weeks ago—and is still ironing out the kinks—but with meals that start at $11 plus sides and dessert options for $4-$6, they’re a very welcome addition to paleo dinner options in San Francisco. I was able to score their recipe for spicy Cranberry Salsa… a dark horse hit that caught me off-guard (jalapeños and scallions in cranberry relish?) but that I can’t get enough of. While the Cranberry Relish on Mealmade’s Thanksgiving menu is a more traditional spin with apples and honey, the recipe below makes an unconventional yet delicious holiday side that belongs on your table from now until Christmas and beyond!

Spicy Cranberry Salsa | #paleo #vegan #raw #thanksgiving
Mealmade’s Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Recipe Type: Side
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Spicy and sweet, this Spicy Cranberry Salsa is an unconventional yet delicious (paleo and vegan) side dish.
  • 1 bag cranberries
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pulse in a food processor until the mixture is finely-shredded.
  2. Transfer to a sieve or colander and allow the relish to rest and drain for minimum two hours for the cranberry flavor to mellow and meld with the rest of the ingredients.

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Ashleigh November 24, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Now this is my kind of cranberry sauce! I might have to make this on Thursday for my family!Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Grok Grub November 24, 2015 - 6:22 pm

It’s got a kick! But still sweet and tart and delicious…

Christine November 24, 2015 - 6:11 pm

This looks amazing. I’m always looking for spicy festive recipes. Thanks for sharing and have a great Thanksgiving.

Grok Grub November 24, 2015 - 6:23 pm

I should do a spicy festive recipe roundup!

Judith November 24, 2015 - 10:15 pm

I LOVE cranberries. I buy discounted ones after Thanksgiving and freeze them for my smoothies later in the year. I can do the spicy thing. I buy a lot of jalapeños each week along with Anaheims and fresh poblanos for my cooking. But I’m having trouble understanding why maple syrup is paleo. I just don’t get that as paleo at all.

Joanie@ZagLeft November 24, 2015 - 10:26 pm

What a great option Mealmade is for busy folks who want to enjoy a great meal without the work of preparing it. I am craving a bowl of that cranberry salsa, what a delicious looking side dish!

Grok Grub November 25, 2015 - 12:04 am

Yep, I’m lucky to have Mealmade. Hopefully they expand to other cities soon…

Ana De- Jesus November 25, 2015 - 4:54 pm

This would go amazing with brie. I normally use cranberry but had never thought about making it a spicy salsa. It sounds so good.

Grok Grub November 25, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Yes, this would be unstoppably delicious with brie.

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