Spicy Fruit Salsa is sweet/hot, full of flavor, and so healthy --- pile it on anything and everything! | theviewfromgreatisland.com
Spicy Fruit Salsa is sweet/hot, full of flavor, and so healthy --- pile it on anything and everything!

I consider salsa to be one of the basic food groups, you can’t beat it for explosive flavor and visual appeal… I crave new and exciting versions every season, and this Spicy Fruit Salsa is my latest.

Spicy Fruit Salsa

Back when this recipe was just a twinkle in my eye I had a hunch it would be wonderful, after all my Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa is one of my all time favorites, and that also pairs the sweetness of fresh fruit with the spice of hot peppers.  This stuff is awesome.  It’s got all the hallmarks of a great recipe, in my opinion — it’s unusual, beautiful, healthy, versatile, and blow your mind delicious.  I hope you try it, I know you’ll be thrilled.

Spicy Fruit Salsa is the perfect healthy accompanyment to grilled fish, meats, and chicken --- it's packed with flavor and looks so festive! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

I designed this spicy fruit salsa to go over grilled salmon, and we loved it, the juicy sweetness of the fruit with the heat of the jalapenos was perfect with the fish.  But we all agreed that it has lots of other possibilities too, not only for grilled chicken or steak, but for tacos, and of course corn chips.  I even spooned it over my roasted asparagus and it was fabulous.  I think basically it’s going to go great with everything.

Spicy Fruit Salsa is made with fresh fruit, a touch of red onion, and minced jalapeno pepper --- it goes on anything and everything! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

You can do this with a big variety of fruits like I did, or you can pare it down, but  there are a few things to keep in mind.  First, I made sure to chop my fruit in a small, even dice.  If the pieces are too big it won’t ‘read’ as a salsa, and the flavors won’t mingle as well.  I even cut the berries…it makes a big difference.  Secondly, the only dressing this needs is a splash of fine vinegar —  one that’s light so it doesn’t overpower the fruit.  I love my O Orange Blossom Vinegar for this, it has a beautiful crisp flavor.  The trio of the sweet fruit, the spicy jalapenos, and the delicate tang of the vinegar just sings.

Spicy Fruit Salsa is the perfect healthy accompanyment to grilled fish, meats, and chicken --- it's packed with flavor and so healthy! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Choose most any fruit you like for the salsa, but I think firm, brightly flavored varieties works best,…no bananas, mushy pears, or watermelon please.

Spicy Fruit Salsa is a wonderful balance between sweet, spicy, and tangy --- it goes equally well with grilled meats, poultry, fish, or just plain chips! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Spicy Fruit Salsa is a great use for leftover fruit that accumulates in the spring and summer months.  Remember also that lots of grocery stores sell half a pineapple so you don’t have to buy the whole thing.  The fruit I used for this recipe:

  • pineapple
  • papaya
  • strawberry
  • blueberry
  • blackberry
  • raspberry
  • white and pink grapefruit
  • kiwi
  • small red grapes
  • pomegranate seeds

Spicy Fruit Salsa

Yield: makes approximately 3 cups

Spicy Fruit Salsa


    1/4 cup each
  • strawberries, finely chopped
  • blueberries, halved
  • blackberries, halved or quartered
  • raspberries, halved
  • papaya, finely chopped
  • pineapple, finely chopped
  • pink and white grapefruit sections, chopped
  • kiwi, finely chopped
  • small red grapes, halved
  • pomegranate seeds
  • red onion, finely diced
  • jalapeno, finely minced, seeds and all (for less heat leave out the seeds and/or use less jalapeno)


  1. Put everything into a bowl and add the Orange Blossom Vinegar. Start with 2 tablespoons and add more if needed. You want to just lightly dress the salsa without drowning it. Toss gently and serve asap.


  • Resist the temptation to add any accumulated juice from the fruit to the bowl, that dilutes the flavor of the vinegar and makes the salsa watery.
  • Chopping the fruit finely without bruising it is key, I use the Vidalia Chop Wizard to do it neatly and quickly.
  • If you use anything that browns once it’s been cut (i.e. apples) be sure to hit it with some lemon juice.
  • Very important: cut fruit just does not keep well.  I suggest making this salsa no more than an hour or so before you use it for the best, freshest results.

Salmon Filet with Spicy Fruit Salsa --- a quick and easy 30 minute meal | theviewfromgreatisland.com

This is seriously phenomenal.


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53 Responses to Spicy Fruit Salsa

  1. Susan says:

    Why didn’t I think of that! What a wonderful idea and so beautiful too. I can’t wait until my pepper plants start giving me fresh peppers for salsa.

  2. This is going on the top of my must make list, it’s so pretty and I bet DELICIOUS!

  3. Pure Ella says:

    Wow!! This looks amazing!!

  4. Rose says:

    Fruit salsas are so much fun (and beautiful!) I have never thought to use orange vinegar before but I will be starting now! I love this summery recipe idea!

  5. That vinegar sounds dreamy, love the subtle floral flavor from orange blossom!

  6. Jeff says:

    I’m always looking for ways to get fruit into a savory meal, so thank you!

  7. That looks amazing!

  8. Medeja says:

    Colorful and flavorful! Yummy!

  9. Sara says:

    This is the prettiest salsa I’ve ever seen, I can see how it would be amazing on salmon or almost any other protein!

  10. Catherine says:

    Dear Sue, I absolutely love this idea! What a perfect summer dish. I must give this a try. xoxo, Catherine

  11. Lots of fruits in this salsa, Sue. So good with my favourite fish :-))

  12. Muna Kenny says:

    The color and ingredients of this salsa are just amazing, I can attack the whole bowl and finish it in no time! Looks really delicious :)

  13. Sue, this recipe is brilliant. I am having some out of town guests and I was thinking of grilling out and something fresh and delicious and a break from all of the Cantonese food and this is perfect. Now I still might grill a whole fish but your salsa is going to be the star. Sharing!

  14. Peter says:

    I so agree with you about salsas. Love them myself. You have created great flavor and this salsa would go good on so many different dishes.

  15. I have never seen fruit salad with so many fruit. Looks delicious without the fish!

  16. Fareeha says:

    Ahh!! What better dish than a salsa in this piping hot summer heat. Love all of the ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing

  17. Ok, I think this is one of my all time favorite recipe of yours, Sue! The fruit you chose is such a beautiful combination of texture and flavors and I always love a little spice in my food. The fact that you put this over salmon sealed the deal, lol. I can hardly wait to make this with all the fresh berries from the farms!
    Your photos rock! Sharing all over:)

  18. This is a stunningly beautiful salsa. All those colors and all those textures! Wow! I can’t wait to try this on tacos! Oh, and I just saw a slow roasted pork taco recipe. Perfect!

  19. The pictures with the fish looks AMAZING! I typically do not do fruit salsas because they can be so sweet, but I am loving this spicy twist to it, definitely more my style!

  20. Sounds perfect with the salmon!! Great summer recipe :)

  21. Frank Mosher says:

    Start thinking outside the US box. You have some really unique recipes which are great, but when you give a recipe that depends upon some weird orange blossom vinegar that is only available with a US zip code, you definitely limit your international audience. If it is that good, it should at least be on Amazon. Cheers.

  22. I am forever buying too much fruit at once so this gorgeous salsa is going to be up next.. love those colors!

    • Sue says:

      I do that too, Laura, I’m terrible about using it in time…this will save lots of fruit from the compost heap this summer :)

  23. Kate says:

    I’ve never heard of Orange Blossom Vinegar! That sounds amazing! And that colorful salsa could not be more beautiful.

    • Sue says:

      I’ve talked about it before so I didn’t think to describe it, Kate…O Olive Oil has the most beautiful vinegar flavors…this one is infused with orange blossoms!

  24. Dana says:

    This definitely has my name written all over it. I love love love salmon, not to mention with sweet and spicy flavors! And I love me some fruit salsas that incorporate hot peppers! I also love how colorful this dish it. Beauty!

    • Sue says:

      I think any fish, or shrimp, would be lovely topped with this, I can’t wait to try out more combinations. Thanks for stopping by Dana.

  25. khadija says:

    I love fruit salsa, never knew that i was limiting myself by not using all these yummy fruits! perfect for these summer nights :)

  26. Anne Murphy says:

    So bright and light!

    I love the way a light vinegar helps bring out the essential sweetness in fruit, without making it seem too sweet to use with a savory dish. I’m sure that’s amazing with the salmon.

    • Sue says:

      That’s really what surprised me Anne, I worried that it would taste too much like a fruit salad, but it doesn’t.

  27. That orange blossom vinegar sounds like the perfect complement for all the fresh fruits. Love this one — and I’ve got salmon in the fridge…

  28. naomi says:

    This salsa – yassss! I would end up eating this on pretty much everything!

  29. Karly says:

    Yes, yes, and more yes! Salsa is definitely a basic food group in my house as well, ha ha ha! This version looks spectacular, especially with the Orange Blossom Vinegar. Yum!

  30. Bita says:

    This looks so good! Yum! Would love to try your recipe – wonder how it would be with fish tacos. thanks for sharing. Your photos are always so colorful and appealing.

  31. This looks so beautiful! And delicious!

  32. This is just incredible! Perfect for anything on the grill, I can’t wait to try it!

  33. Guy23 says:

    This looks like it could become a new summer staple for me. Major berry fiend here. And what wouldn’t it go with? Even alone, with a good tortilla chip, with that kick of jalapeno it’s got. Can’t wait to give that orange blossom vinegar a try, too. Farmers market here I come!

  34. Boy-o-boy I need this salsa in my life! Once again you pulled out an amazingly beautiful recipe. Have a great weekend! Sharing and pinning

  35. So lovely and so versatile for all kinds of dishes. Love the spicy hit!

    • Sue says:

      My jalapenos were nice and hot this time, I’ve been finding that they aren’t always so spicy these days, and I was almost going to go with a hotter pepper like a Serrano or even a habanero. Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

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