Typically when we think of salsa we think veggies. But we are here to tell you, fruit salsa is a wonderful world worth exploring. Fruits add a sweetness element to salsa that make it perfect for more than just a companion to chips — it is a fantastic way to bring out the flavors in your favorite chicken, fish, and pork dishes, lending a sweet, citrusy, spicy filled textural component that is sure to turn get your senses firing. Not sure where to start? Here are a few basics to help you take on this delectable side dish.
Envision your favorite pico de gallo and add in a new ingredient.
Fruit salsa is typically best when chunky (think pico de gallo) and the best kind of fruits for fruit salsa are those that can hold shape against raw veggies. A great place to start is taking your favorite pico recipe and adding in a fruit. Like this more classic pico with tomatoes, which adds in the fun summery element of peaches and swaps out traditional cilantro with basil and mint!
Pair fruits with subtle veggies.
Not keen on messing with the salsa perfection of savory ingredients? Then head here. Combining fruit with subtle veggies, like cucumbers or summer squash, allows the fruit to be the star and may be an easier place to start for those who are reluctant to take the fruit salsa plunge. This combo of watermelon and nectarines is a perfect-for-summer version and is excellent when paired with sweet pita chips.
Don’t forget the heat and the citrus.
All good salsa contains two key elements: some level of heat provided by chili peppers and acidity provided by citrus, usually from lemons or limes. A good fruit salsa should still have these two key elements. Here Jalapenos bring the heat and traditional lime provides the acid to help balance out the sweetness of the stone fruit.
But don’t limit your citrus component to just lemon or lime. Grapefruits can play both the central role of fruit for your salsa as well as help bring a citrusy element. Check out this recipe for grapefuit salsa from Homegrown Organics that is sure to convert you to a fruit salsa fan.
Fruit salsa works all year round.
Salsa might seem like a poolside summer staple but fruit salsa can (and should) make an appearance all year round. Some great fall fruits like pomegranate, apples, and grapes are a perfect fit for this super side dish. This apple pomegranate salsa option which will make the wait for summer just that much easier.