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Fresh Cherry Salsa

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Fresh cherries are in season again and I knew that I needed to create a fun recipe to showcase their sweet, deliciousness! This Fresh Cherry Salsa does just that, and is versatile enough to be used as a dip or to top fish, chicken or pork.

a white bowl filled with chopped cherries, jalapeno and cilantro topped with two jalapeno slices with pita chips scattered around the table.

Ingredients needed to make Fresh Cherry Salsa:

  • sweet cherries – stemmed, pitted and chopped
  • green onions
  • fresh cilantro
  • jalapeno – seeded and finely chopped
  • orange juice
chopped cherries,jalapeno and cilantro salsa spread over cream cheese on a large plate

How to make Cherry Jalapeno Salsa

Combine cherries,

a clear bowl with chopped fresh cherries on a blue and white towel.

onions, cilantro and orange juice

chopped cherries, green onions and cilantro in a clear glass bowl.

together in a large bowl.

chopped cherries, jalapeno, green onions and cilantro mixed together in a clear glass bowl.

Stir until well combined. Serve immediately with pita chips or crackers.

a hand holding a pita chip with chopped cherry, jalapeno and cilantro salsa.

Why yes, that is cream cheese that you see holding the fresh cherry salsa on the chip! I love Cranberry Salsa served with cream cheese so I thought I would give it a try. It is delicious, and the presentation is more impressive, but completely optional. This salsa can hold it’s own without any help.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • To serve on cream cheese – allow an 8 ounce package of cream cheese to soften, then whip until smooth and fluffy. Spread on a large plate or platter and top with the salsa.
  • For an extra kick, leave the jalapeno seeds and pith intact.
  • I did not include the seeds and the heat was just past MILD, nothing drastic.
  • For an even milder salsa, omit the jalapeno.
  • Warning – chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes. It is best to wear protective gloves when working with hot peppers.

How do you pit cherries?

cherry pits and stems on a cutting board next to a cherry pitter.

I use this handy cherry pitting tool. {affiliate link} There are several different types on the market, but this one shown above is simple to use and has never let me down. Tip – do not wear white when pitting cherries!!

When are cherries in season?

Sweet cherries, such as Bing and Rainier, are in season from May until August. Sour/tart cherries have a much shorter growing season, and only available for a week or two in the middle of June in warmer climates. They can be found in late July into August in cooler climates.

More delicious Cherry recipes:

Enjoy!!

chopped cherries, jalapeno, and cilantro salsa in a white bowl topped with two jalapeno slices with pita chips scattered around the table.

Fresh Cherry Salsa

Fresh Cherry Salsa is a blend of summer cherries, fresh herbs and jalapeno with just a touch of orange juice to bring the flavors all together!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh cherries, jalapeno, summer fruits, dip recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 Servings
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cherries stemmed, pitted and chopped – about 1 pound before removing pits and stems.
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped

Instructions

  • Combine cherries,onions, cilantro and orange juice together in a large bowl.
  • Stir until well combined. Serve immediately with pita chips or crackers.

Notes

  • To serve on cream cheese – allow an 8 ounce package of cream cheese to soften, then whip until smooth and fluffy. Spread on a large plate or platter and top with the salsa.
  • For an extra kick, leave the jalapeno seeds and pith intact.
  • I did not include the seeds and the heat was just past MILD, nothing drastic.
  • For an even milder salsa, omit the jalapeno.
  • Warning – chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes. It is best to wear protective gloves when working with hot peppers.
  • Salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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