Alright peeps, it’s time step out of the “salsa is only for tomatoes” box and get festive with fall flavors. There are a lot of fruits out there which are in season right now. I usually think of fresh produce as a summer time thing, but look at your grocery store the next time you’re there. Notice all the types of pears & apples available. Of course with Thanksgiving coming around the corner, your local store should also have FRESH cranberries.
I saw a recipe for Cranberry, Pear & Apple Salsa and I knew I had to try it. Having a Vitamix mixer made this recipe so simple. I couldn’t imagine chopping all of these things and trying to accomplish my normal morning routine. I’d never be out the door on time.
Along with the seasonal fruit, this salsa also has some “typical” salsa ingredients including onion, jalapeno, cilantro & lime juice. I must say I loved the jalapeno in this recipe. It really gave the salsa a spicy kick and the recipe would have been missing something with out it.
Another great thing about this salsa — it’s really pretty! The red of the cranberry and green cilantro pieces remind me of Christmas.. but cranberries are for Thanksgiving! Oh who cares! This salsa is so refreshing, you’ll hardly notice how cold it is outside. It will transport you to a warmer place. Pear (lol) this salsa with a frosty beverage and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.
Cranberry Pear Salsa (from www.howsweeteats.com)
Cranberry Pear Salsa
makes about 1 1/2 cups of salsa
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 anjou pear, peeled and chopped
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
the juice of two limes
the juice of one orange
4 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or strong blender) and blend until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt or honey if desired.
Note: this salsa can be very TART depending on your cranberries. Don’t be afraid to add more honey, salt or even a few spoonfuls of sugar (yes, sugar!) to the mix.