Today brings the easiest fresh cherry salsa recipe ever. The cherry and jalapeno combo combines sweet and spicy to make a super flavorful fruit salsa. A no- cooking needed snack that's perfectly paired with any grilled chicken, pork, or beef. Try this with crostini or as a dip with chips.
The Best Cherry Salsa
Cherry Salsa is a summer tribute that is super simple to prepare and full of flavor. This amazing salsa is so versatile and ready in just a few minutes.
It is most definitely the time to enjoy cherry recipes such as my very popular Cherry Chocolate Smoothie which tastes like a decadent Black Forest cake without the calories. Cherry Lime Ice Pop is sugar-free and made with just 2 ingredients.
- Skylar Rae® Cherries: I prefer to use this particular type of cherry for this salsa.
- Red onion: Shallots or a yellow onion can also be used.
- Jalapeno: A little goes a long way and adds a little kick to the salsa.
- Lime Juice: A nice balance to the jalapeno.
- Basil & Mint leaves: Herbs give great flavor.
- The easiest way to remove the pits from cherries is by using a cherry pitter. I have an affiliate link below. Very inexpensive and the pitter makes it so easy to make cherry recipes.
- Freeze cherries so you can enjoy this recipe year-round. Here is an easy way to freeze cherries.
- The recipe doesn't use or need sugar. The cherries I use are sweet. If using Bing cherries, you may need to add a sweetener such as honey, sugar, or a low-carb sweetener.
- Cherries are cholesterol-free, high in fiber, and contain a high amount of melatonin which is great for skin complexion.
- Skylar Rae® Cherries are at their best not cooked. They are sweet and would break down very fast. They are great to add to a salad or salsa.
What to pair with fresh cherry salsa:
- Foil wrapped salmon, just leave out the herbs for a perfect pairing.
- Dijon Lime Grilled Chicken is another fantastic choice.
- Grilled Citrus Chicken Kabobs, a yummy combo
- Another great choice is Grilled Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin.
If you like this recipe, you may enjoy these fruit salsas:
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Cherry Pitter: I use this pitter. It is not expensive and it makes removing the pit a breeze.
Food Processor: A must for every kitchen as it makes chopping and dicing a breeze.
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Step by step instructions:
- Remove pits from the cherries.
- In a bowl of a food processor, add the cherries, lime juice, lime zest, basil leaves, mint leaves, jalapeno, salt, and pepper.
- Serve with chips or as I have shown as a topping for any poultry, pork, beef, or shrimp.
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Easy Fresh Cherry Salsa
- 1 pound Skylar Rae® Cherries, pits removed
- 1 small red onion, peeled and minced
- 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 1 medium lime, juiced and zested
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- salt and pepper
- In the bowl of a food processor, add the Skylar Rae® cherries, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, lime zest, basil leaves, mint leaves, salt, and pepper.
- Pulse to chop the ingredients about 4-5 times, you do not want the ingredients to puree. The cherries should be diced.
- Cherry Salsa can be served with chips. Served with poultry, pork, or fish.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made ahead at least one day. Keep tightly covered in the fridge until ready to use.
- If you do not want to use a food processor, dice all the ingredients to make the cherry salsa.
- Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.