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Citrus Salsa Recipe

Citrus is something which almost always finds its way into salsa, generally in the form of lime juice. However, salsas which cede the spotlight to citrus fruits, are becoming more popular as cooks familiar with the basics of how salsa is made branch out and experiment with new flavors and ingredients.

This citrus salsa recipe includes the lime juice common to salsa recipes of all kinds, but that is not really the important thing here. What sets this salsa apart is that rather than using tomato as the basis of the salsa, red grapefruit and orange accept the role here. While there is some tomato present as well, it plays its part with the rest of the supporting cast.

If you enjoy the tart and refreshing flavors of grapefruit and orange, then you will love this salsa. Even if these are not your favorites, this citrus salsa recipe is still well worth a try; you may be surprised by how much you enjoy these ingredients in an unfamiliar setting.

Making this Mexican salsa could not be simpler. Once you have selected some lovely fresh produce to work with, you will need to peel whatever needs peeling and chop whatever needs to be chopped up. Combine all the ingredients together and then let the salsa sit for a few hours in the refrigerator for the best results, draining off any excess liquid before serving.

That liquid will come out of the fruit and vegetables and it is not needed in the salsa. Serve this fruity salsa with halibut, sole or another favorite fish, or sample it as a dressing for your next pork chop or grilled chicken breast recipe. Of course it may also be served with chips, the classic way.

Sweet and Tangy Citrus Salsa Recipe
Summary: Fresh produce is key to making a successful salsa recipe, and this recipe uses plenty so it really delivers on flavor. This one makes use of grapefruit, tomato and more.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 red grapefruit, peeled and diced
  • 1 orange, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (any color you like)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt, to taste
  1. There’s no trick to making this easy citrus salsa recipe, though you should give yourself a couple of hours to make it before you plan to serve the salsa; like most salsas, this recipe will improve considerably if given a little time in the refrigerator.
  2. Start by peeling the orange and grapefruit; remove as much of the bitter white pith from the fruit as you can before dicing and adding to a large bowl.
  3. Chop the bell pepper, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, and onion and add lime juice along with salt to taste, stir well, and refrigerate.
  4. As mentioned above, you should give this citrus salsa recipe a few hours (at least two) in the refrigerator for its flavors to develop. Drain most of the liquids from the salsa before serving – this salsa can be a little on the watery side otherwise.
  5. Enjoy with tortilla chips or with the dish of your choice.

Photo Description:

This juicy grapefruit and tomato salsa makes a fantastic dip for chips, but then you could say that about practically every salsa recipe, so what else could you do with this one? Well forget the photo for a second and instead imagine a spoonful of this topping a freshly broiled halibut filet or a grilled chicken breast. You will be able to imagine how beautiful the colorful salsa looks on top of your chosen protein, and also how much flavor the salsa adds to the dish as a whole. So why not make a practice batch to serve with chips and then rustle some more up the next time you are broiling or grilling, to serve on the side?

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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