Spicy Fruit Salsa

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
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.

*This post is in association with O Olive Oil – their collection of oils and vinegars is simply the best.

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

Ingredients

    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)
    dressing

Instructions

  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.
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notes:

  • 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.

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This is seriously phenomenal.

 

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan
    June 1, 2016 at 7:19 am

    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.

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      Sue
      June 1, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Peppers are my ultimate summer pleasure, Susan, I really need to get my act together and plant them!

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    May 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

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

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    Pure Ella
    May 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Wow!! This looks amazing!!

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    Rose
    May 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 23, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Rose, I’m pretty passionate about this one!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    May 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

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

  • Reply
    Jeff
    May 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Especially in the warmer months!

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    Gayatri Mantra
    May 22, 2016 at 8:35 am

    That looks amazing!

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    Medeja
    May 22, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Colorful and flavorful! Yummy!

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    Sara
    May 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

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

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    Catherine
    May 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 21, 2016 at 7:54 am

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

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    Muna Kenny
    May 21, 2016 at 5:38 am

    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 :)

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    Bam's Kitchen
    May 21, 2016 at 3:23 am

    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!

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      Sue
      May 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Thanks so much, I can just imagine this piled on a whole grilled fish, what a presentation!

  • Reply
    Peter
    May 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    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.

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    maria @ close to home
    May 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm

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

  • Reply
    Fareeha
    May 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm

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

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    May 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    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:)

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for saying that Robyn, I’m really proud of this one :)

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    Debi at Life Currents
    May 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    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!

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Yes, slow roasted pork, that will be perfect, yummmmmmm.

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    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    May 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    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!

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Kim, I hope you give it a try :)

  • Reply
    gerry @ foodness gracious
    May 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm

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

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    Frank Mosher
    May 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    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.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    May 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

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

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      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 :)

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    Kate
    May 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Dana
    May 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    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!

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      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.

  • Reply
    khadija
    May 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

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

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    Anne Murphy
    May 20, 2016 at 11:46 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

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

  • Reply
    Lisa @garlicandzest.com
    May 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    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…

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

      That vinegar is probably one of my favorite things in my kitchen :)

  • Reply
    naomi
    May 20, 2016 at 11:32 am

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

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    Karly
    May 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

    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!

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    Bita
    May 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

    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.

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

      It would be so good with fish tacos, now you’ve got me dreaming about that! Thanks Bita <3

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    May 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    This looks so beautiful! And delicious!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    May 20, 2016 at 9:38 am

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Thanks so much, and I agree, it goes especially well with anything grilled :)

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    Guy23
    May 20, 2016 at 7:26 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Actually Guy, I think I’d like to do an all berry version…thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 20, 2016 at 7:12 am

    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

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      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 7:20 am

      We truly went gaga over this salsa, it’s going to be a summer staple here. Thanks Tricia <3

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 20, 2016 at 7:12 am

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 20, 2016 at 7:22 am

      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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