Adventurous Side Dishes to Serve This Holiday Season: Orange-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce with Dates

Posted on 11/21/2012

Looking to add to your recipe repertoire this holiday season? Spice up run-of-the-mill side dishes with this recipe for Orange-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce with Dates. A new interpretation on an old standby, this sauce combines the sweetness of dates with the tanginess of balsamic vinegar and orange.


1 cup water

½ cup sugar

Zest from one orange

1 cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup chopped, pitted dates

2 (12 ounce) bags fresh cranberries



  1. Simmer water, sugar, zest, orange juice, vinegar and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring, 5 minutes.
  2. Add half of dates and half of cranberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to burst, 7-10 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining dates and cranberries and simmer until remaining cranberries begin to burst, 7-10 minutes more. Remove cinnamon stick and transfer to a serving dish. Serve at room temperature.