Get ready to set your taste buds dancing with the explosion of flavors that is fruit salsa!
Teeming with vibrant, fresh fruits and paired with crunchy, homemade cinnamon chips, this delicious appetizer is unlike anything else on the table.
Whether you’re looking to dazzle your guests with a fun recipe or surprise them with a refreshingly unique dessert, fruit salsa is the showstopper you’ve been waiting for.
Why this Fruit Recipe is a Must Try!
Creativity Unleashed: The fruit salsa recipe invites creativity, allowing you to experiment with different fruit combinations, fresh flavors, and textures. Whether you prefer tropical, tangy, or sweet, the possibilities are endless. Just include your favorite fruit!
Easy to Prepare: With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, making fruit salsa is accessible to cooks of all skill levels. It’s a fun, stress-free dessert or appetizer that delivers impressive results.
Waste Reduction: If you have ripe or leftover fruits, turning them into salsa or fruit salad can be an excellent way to utilize them, reducing waste and creating a tasty treat at the same time.
- Golden delicious apple, Granny Smith apple
- Kiwifruit, Fresh Strawberries, and blueberries
- Granulated Sugar
- Strawberry jam or Fruit Preserves
- Fresh Lemon juice
- Flour tortillas and Cinnamon sugar
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Tools: Pizza Cutter, Apple Corer
Precision Cutting for Perfect Sweet Salsa: How Small Dices Enhance Flavor.
The secret to maximizing the flavor of delicious fruit salsa is cutting the fruits into small pieces, small enough to get a bit of everything on your chip.
Larger fruit chunks may taste great, especially when paired with fish dishes, but they could be trickier to balance on homemade chips.
For larger fruits like blueberries, consider cutting them in half for the perfect bite.
How to make Fruit Salsa.
- Add prepped apples, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries in a mixing bowl, and mix well.
- Add sugar, strawberry jam, and lemon juice, mixing well to coat the fruit evenly.
- Allow the mixture to set in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
- Stir well before serving to ensure an even distribution of flavors.
Fresh Fruit salsa can be served with cinnamon chips or pita chips for that extra crunch.
How to make Homemade Cinnamon Chips.
Complement your fruit salsa with homemade cinnamon chips. Unlike corn tortilla chips, these flour cinnamon sugar chips are less oily, providing a delicate sweetness that perfectly balances the sweet-tangy fruit salsa.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut the tortillas into wedges in quarters or sixths, depending on your preferred size, using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife.
- Lay the tortilla pieces in a single layer on the parchment paper and spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
- Generously sprinkle tortilla wedges with cinnamon sugar mixture. If you do not have a pre-mixed cinnamon sugar spice, sprinkle it with separate cinnamon and white sugar—you can be liberal with it. Once done, spray once more on top of the tortilla to help it stick to it.
- Bake the cinnamon chips in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until they’re crispy.
- Repeat the process until all the tortillas are cut and baked. Allow the chips to cool completely for about 10 minutes before serving.
A fun way to serve fruit salsa is in a Watermelon Bowl as demonstrated in this recipe.
Toss in some pineapples and coconut chunks for a tropical vibe at summer parties.
For a more autumn-inspired salsa, try using pears and cranberries.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other fruits can be used in fruit salsa?
Apart from the sweet fruits in the recipe, you can include fresh peaches, pears, mangoes, watermelons, oranges, and even raspberries. Always remember to consider the flavor and texture balance when adding new ingredients.
Bear in mind that some fruits, like bananas, can brown quickly or add more acidity, altering the salsa’s colorful appeal and taste.
If you’re a fan of bright green colors, an additional kiwi will beautify your salsa and add a refreshing tang.
How long does fruit salsa last?
Homemade salsa typically lasts about 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator; however, the water content of what fruit you use may cause it to need to be drained.
Can I serve fruit salsa with something other than cinnamon sugar tortilla chips?
Absolutely! Fruit salsa pairs well with a variety of sweet and savory dishes.
Using Canned Fruit in Fruit Salsa
We highly recommend fresh fruits because they have less water content, but understand that is only sometimes possible. Here are suggestions if you need to move forward with canned fruits.
- Choose Wisely: Opt for canned fruit packed in water or natural juice rather than syrup to avoid unnecessary added sugars. Canned fruits like pineapple, mandarin oranges, peaches, or mangoes can work well in fruit salsa.
- Drain and Rinse: Drain the canned fruit thoroughly and rinse if packed in syrup. This will remove any sweetness or artificial taste that might overpower the natural flavors.
- Inspect Texture: Canned fruit can be softer than fresh fruit, so be mindful of the texture. If it’s too soft, it may become mushy in the salsa, especially if mixed vigorously. Gentle folding can help maintain the integrity of the fruit.
- Taste Adjustment: You may need to adjust the flavors in the salsa, such as sugar and lemon juice, depending on the canned fruit’s sweetness and flavor. Taste and modify as needed.
- Mix with Fresh Ingredients: Combining canned fruit with fresh ingredients, such as fresh herbs, peppers, or fresh citrus juice, can help brighten the flavors and add a more authentic taste.