Cherry’s are in season here in the central part of the east coast, which makes life pretty darn awesome for us cherry lovers (hence ‘seasoned’ in the title, hehe). I have to be honest though, if I buy a bag of cherries they are unlikely to make it into a recipe. They just don’t last that long! However, I got a box of cherries in my CSA box and so I decided to force myself to save them for something new and interesting.
I used to hate salsa. (I hated a lot of food as a child – thank goodness I’ve come around!) Now I eat salsa whenever I can. Mostly because its an easy way to add flavor AND veggies to a dish that may be wanting in either of the two. But I also get bored with the same old styles. So I decided to make mine a bit ‘fruity’ and see how I liked it.
The verdict: Why can’t cherry’s ALWAYS be in season? (AKA, I LOVE it! :D)
Sweet and Spicy Cherry Salsa
1 1/2 cups stemmed semi-sweet cherries (or bing works excellent!)
1/2 large yellow onion
1 large green pepper
2 large romaine tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sweet basil leaves
Optional: 5 drops of almond extract
(Some of the ingredients in the Salsa Express)
Wash the cherries. To pit them, I just ripped them in half. You’re going to chop them up anyway, so don’t worry about keeping them pretty. Add them to a food processor or my ever so popular Salsa Express! I love this thing. (Popular in my mind anyway :)). Turn the crank until the bits of cherries are to the size of your liking.
Next wash and chop up the onion, pepper, and tomatoes. Add them to the salsa express and continue cranking. I then added the salt, cayenne pepper, sweet basil leaves, and almond extract directly in the chopper, cranking it just a few more times. Then I dumped it out into a large mixing bowl and continued to combine it, just to be sure there wasn’t a clunk of salt somewhere or something.
And that’s it! The flavors are fantastic. Even though its obviously best eaten with chips, I’ve been eating it with a fork right out of the bowl :) It will also taste better the longer you leave it in the fridge because the flavors will really have a chance to meld that way.
The best part? The colors I think. This is one sexy salsa :)
This recipe is linked to Just Another Meatless Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Meatless Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Delicious Dishes, Tuesday Twister, Local Potluck Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Foodie Friday, Friday Favorites, Food on Friday, Friday Foodie Fix – Cherries, Wholesome Whole Foods, the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap, Fight Back Friday, Mom Trends Recipe’s, and Foodie Friday Fix.