Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fresh Blueberry Herb Salsa

I am craving summer meals and there is nothing that says summer more than salsa! Salsa can be very creative, using different fruits, veggies, herbs and spice. The key is fresh flavor. Blueberries are a favorite of mine, eaten by the handful or baked into a cobbler. You don’t see blueberries used in a savory way very often, so I decided to try them in salsa. Delicious results! The blueberries and fresh herbs get a kick from the heat of the grilled jalapeno, and lime juice brings the flavors together.

This salsa would be terrific served with grilled fish (perhaps in a corn tortilla)and a glass of sangria, or to jazz up a cheese plate. I served it with a wedge of Brie and baguette slices.

After grilling your jalapeno, taste a little bit to see how spicy it is... this morning I let out a “Whoo!” when I tasted one I had just grilled, so I did not use the whole chili.

Fresh Blueberry Herb Salsa
Makes 2 cups

1 jalapeno (or more to your taste)
3 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed
¾ cup red onion, chopped
2 juicy limes
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup fresh basil, sliced thinly
½ cup fresh mint, sliced thinly
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped

Grill the jalapeno on the barbecue or over a gas flame until it is blackened and soft, about 7-8 minutes. When it is cool, slip the charred skin off and cut off the stem. Slice in half and taste the chili. If it is mild, plan to use the seeds, otherwise you can scrape the seeds out. Chop the jalapeno and set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse 2 cups of blueberries, the jalapeno and the red onion together about 5 or 6 times. You want a rough mix.

Pour the mixture into a serving bowl. Add the remaining 1 cup of blueberries, the juice of 2 limes, salt and fresh herbs. Stir and enjoy!


  1. Love this idea! I have a fantastic pomegranate guacamole recipe, but can only make it during the holidays when you can get pomegranates...I have recently tried subbing with strawberries. Good, but just not the same! Glad to have a new different recipe for summer as well!

  2. What a great idea! I never would have thought of this.

  3. @Kim Hey, Kim! Your pomegranate guacamole sounds terrific...you may need to share. :)

  4. @Lauren Hairston Hi Lauren, I hope you get a chance to try it. Definitely a good hot weather choice! Please send some of your heat this way...tired of feeling chilly here.


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