This Watermelon and Strawberry Fruit Salsa can go either sweet or savoury, and apples give it the perfect crunch!
It’s not often I have a Saturday where I can just mess around with food and try out all the ideas that have been kicking around in the ol’ noggin (‘recipe development’, more like ‘throw things in a pot until it tastes heavenly’, right?).
Most of the recipes I post are ones that I’ve made over and over, tried and true favourites. But every once in a while, I get to play. And I take my playing seriously. If you’re a long time reader, you’ve seen my Tidepool Jello Cups, or Amaretto Sour Cupcakes, or even last month’s Hot Cross Bunnies experiment. They might not always be perfect, but they always turn out delicious!
This recipe for Watermelon and Strawberry Fruit Salsa has been knocking around for a while and I’m so so happy I finally FINALLY got to test it out.
My goal was to create a fruit salsa that could be eaten with both sweet chips (ummmm has someone invented cookie chips? That should be a thing) AND tortilla chips, or sweet potato chips. It want to be able to slap it on a taco, or scoop it up with a spoon. It needed to have the consistency of a good, chunky salsa – full of delicious bits. But above all, it had to be DELICIOUS.
Ladies and gentlemen.
This fruit salsa checks alllll the boxes.
At first all you can taste is the initial burst of lime juice, cilantro and cumin, but then sour turns to sweet with the pineapple, strawberries and watermelon, the apple giving it just the right amount of slight crunch. It is an adventure, the flavours revealing themselves one after the other. You can taste everything separately, and together, just like salsa!
could did eat this with a spoon.
The bowl I made did not last very long at this house.
And it was so easy to make! Seriously, the hardest thing about this recipe was chopping all the veggies into the appropriately sized pieces.
Just toss everything in a bowl (once you’ve chopped it up really fine), and give it a stir. I suggest letting it sit for five minutes or so to let all the flavours really mingle (unlike a junior high dance).
And it just helps that it’s so colourful and bright!
How can you look at this and not feel happy?
This watermelon and strawberry fruit salsa is just a big bowl of delicious happiness!
What’s your big bowl of happiness?
- 10 large strawberries , finely chopped
- 1 cup pineapple , finely chopped
- 1/2 large apple , finely chopped
- 1 cup watermelon (or about 3 inches in from the end), finely chopped
- 1/2 red onion , finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro , finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp lime juice (~ 1/2 lime)
- OPTIONAL: 1 Tbsp garlic powder
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. (Yup, it's that easy)
Let sit for five minutes or so to let the flavours mingle.
Serve with either sweet or savoury dishes!
Nightshade Free Note: this recipe contains strawberries and apples which are known to contain trace amounts of solanine, a main issue for some people who are on a nightshade free diet. For more information, go here: http://halifaxbloggers.ca/isaynomato/what-are-nightshades/