Sweet cherry salsa

Move over, tomatoes – fruit salsas are amazing!

Who says the only fruit to use in salsas is tomatoes? Fresh sweet cherries offer the perfect flavour profile for the hot-sour-sweet notes commonly found in salsa. I love this recipe because it doesn’t require any measuring or cooking. The amounts below are a rough guideline but after that it’s all up to customizing it to suit your own tastes. If you enjoy this version, you might also like my no-cook strawberry salsa.


  • Four generous handfuls fresh sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
  • Spoonful of honey or maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 – 2 limes, to taste
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced (or more, to taste)
  • Several pinches salt
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons (30 – 45 mL) finely minced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (or more, to taste)
  • Handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours until ready to serve.

Makes approximately 2 cups (500 mL) of salsa.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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