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Meatless Monday - Cherry Salsa

Cherries I was graced to watch my grandmother cook in my youth and earned the opportunity to “spend the night” and then cook with her in her kitchen. These memories are strong and taught many lessons that I did...

Cherries
Cherries

I was graced to watch my grandmother cook in my youth and earned the opportunity to “spend the night” and then cook with her in her kitchen. These memories are strong and taught many lessons that I did not fully appreciate until later in life. She rarely went to the grocery store in my memory, but she would travel to a farmer’s market with us and a neighborhood butcher shop.   If we were off to the Farmer’s Market, she would walk the entire market first and then return for her purchases, unless there was a limited amount of a favorite item from a favorite vendor.   Her mindset was open to what was the freshest and looked the best to her that day! My mother would often get frustrated as she would call and ask what else she needed to purchase at the grocery to complete her dinner. If we had not yet returned from the Market, my grandmother would simply say, I do not know, but we will call you when we get back from the Market.

This recipe of Cherry Salsa reminded me of Market trips with Grams. Her recipes were often seasonal and this was a great reminder of fresh. Her motto was fresh was best!

Cherries are a perfect summer treat.   Here is a surprising recipe full of ripe flavor! Experiment with “Salsa with Chips” as a Topper for fish or meat or maybe as a salsa over cream cheese or a goat cheese for a new appetizer.

Fruit Salsa with Chips
Fruit Salsa with Chips

Fruit Salsa as a “Topper”

Fish with Salsa Salad
Fish with Salsa Salad

Cherry Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cherries, stemmed, pitted and chopped (you can use sweet or tart cherries. Keep in mind these cherries can stain counters when you are pitting, chipping and preparing!)
  • ½ cup onion, red, white or yellow, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon (could use lime or lemon as a citrus option)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice(could use lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh jalapeno pepper, minced (seeds and stems removed)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons sweet basil, chopped (can use Thai basil)

Directions:

  1. Mix cherries, onions lemon zest and juice in a bowl along with jalapeno, Worcestershire sauce and salt.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. If using tart cherries, add sugar, starting with 1 teaspoon. Adjust seasonings again.
  4. Cover and chill at least one hour before serving.
  5. At serving, re-adjust seasonings and add the fresh chopped basil.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips or use this fresh fruit salsa as a topper to grilled fish, pork, chicken or beef. Or serve over cream cheese or goat cheese as an appetizer.

Do you have a favorite fruit salsa? How do you serve this fruit treat?