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10 Reasons to Make Salsa (Cherry Salsa Recipe)

Posted May 25 2011 8:38am

After going to eat at DiOGi’s Mexican Grill in Fayetteville for the first time, I felt inspired to make my own salsa!  However, I didn’t want to make just plain ‘ol salsa (not that there’s anything wrong with it).  On the contrary, I decided that I wanted to make something special.  That’s when I noticed a huge bag of cherries in the fridge and thought, “What better flavor to blend into my salsa?”  The following recipe will make a relatively large portion of salsa.

Cherry Salsa


  • 12 oz. diced tomatoes (drain the liquid)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 3 to 5 jalapeno pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup cherries, pitted
  • palm full of fresh cilantro
  • kosher salt, to taste

Equipment Needed:

  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • latex or plastic food handlers gloves (for handling chilies)
  • large food processor (otherwise you’ll have to chop everything by hand, which is fine)


Cut the red onion up into large hunks; cut the stems off of the jalapeno peppers; strain the liquid from the diced tomato (if you’re using canned tomatoes); remove the pits from the cherries.  In a food processor, pulse the onions and jalapenos until they are in small chunks.  Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, cherries, and cilantro.  Process until everything is incorporated and chunky (note the consistency in the photo above).  Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.

This version should have a hint of cherry flavor in it.  If you want, however, try replacing all of the tomatoes with cherries (about 14 ounces).

Salsa is one of the great healthy things to make, if you ask me.  Here’s my list of ten reasons to make salsa:

  1. It’s low calorie
  2. It’s vegetarian
  3. Got company coming over?  Homemade salsa  = impressive!
  4. It’s versatile – you can different kind of salsa!  ( watermelon salsa , anyone?)
  5. It takes very little time to make, especially if you have a food processor.
  6. You can jar it and keep it in the fridge for a long time, so make a lot.
  7. It’s nutritionally dense.
  8. It makes for a great cooking ingredient. (Try this salsa idea )
  9. It’s easy on the budget.
  10. It looks beautiful, making for great presentation.

So, in short I encourage everyone to make their own salsa.  Use the freshest ingredients you can find, and be creative.  Now GO!  Go out and create!

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