Sweet Cherry Salsa
Cherries may not be the first ingredient you think of when your mind turns to salsa, but as many of you reading this right now many already know, this sweet-tart fruit actually happens to be one of the best fruits to either add to a salsa or even base a salsa on.
This cherry salsa recipe is unlike many other cherry salsas in that it uses sweet rather than sour cherries. For you, this really just means that you’ll need to add perhaps a touch more lime juice than you would with a sour cherry based salsa to make up for sweet cherries’ somewhat lesser acidity. You can of course also make this salsa with sour cherries if that is what you have on hand.
As salsa goes, this is an incredibly easy salsa to make – which means you will have plenty of time to dedicate to other kitchen tasks or patting yourself on the back for making something so good with so little effort.
Your cherries will combine with onion, chilies, cilantro, and lime. All you need are these few ingredients, and you will have the most delicious salsa. Just mix the ingredients together and let the salsa sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. This is very unusual but the flavor will be so good, with the sweet combining with the spicy and aromatic, to bring you something typically Mexican, but probably something you have not had before.
Serve this as a dip for chips, or use it like a relish or condiment for tacos or even a burger. Something else you can do, because cherries are quite rich flavored, is serve it alongside red meat like beef or any kind of game. If you are tired of basic tomato salsas, try this one instead and see how cherries can be used to make a flavorful salsa.
- ¾-1 lb. dark sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
- 2 Tbsp. minced red onion
- 1 tsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes
- Salt, to taste
- You may not have ever seen a salsa recipe which is this easy to make – except for pitting the cherries, of course.
- If you have a cherry pitting tool, however, then even this can be a quick and easy job.
- Simply chop the cherries, onion, and cilantro and combine all of your ingredients (except for the salt) and mix.
- Season to taste with salt and refrigerate – this cherry salsa tastes best if it is allowed to refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving.
Cherry salsa is not something you see on restaurant menus every day or see Mexican cooks making every day, but if you are in the mood for something a bit different, why not consider this recipe? There are very few ingredients required to make it, so you will be able to taste each one in the finished salsa. Fruity salsas vary from the very sweet to the bittersweet, and you can use dark cherries or sour cherries to make this, depending on the flavor you want to accomplish. Serve this with fish or meat, or enjoy it as a dip.
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