When I came across this recipe, I was intrigued. I just knew I had to give it a try. So I put it on my "50 Recipes for 2011" project list. I love blueberries, and am always looking for unique blueberry dishes. With this one my initial thought was, "This could be great, or this could be terrible." Didn't really think there would be a middle ground.
Well, I'm glad to say it's great! I will fully admit that it is a unique flavor that seems a bit ... what's a good word? ... foreign maybe? ... on the first bite. It's got both fresh cilantro and fresh basil, a flavor combination I had not experienced before. So, my taste buds didn't know what to expect ... and it took me a bite or two to make up my mind about the flavor. My friends who tasted it, on the other hand, were sold right away!
Start by giving some fresh blueberries a rough-chop in the food processor. You want to puree them a little bit to give them a good salsa consistency, but you don't want them to turn into liquid.
|The usual suspects|
Finish off by adding in two non-traditional salsa ingredients ... chopped fresh basil and some whole fresh blueberries. The basil adds an interesting flavor zing, and the whole blueberries provide a wonderful texture.
|Both colorful and flavorful!|
Serve this colorful and flavorful salsa up with some tortilla chips for a truly unique and tasty treat. And if you're not sure about this on your first bite, give it another chance. Maybe your taste buds need to get used to the flavor, like mine did!
Source: Adapted from Whole Living magazine
2 c. fresh blueberries, divided
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1 c. chopped cilantro
1/3 c. chopped fresh basil
3 T. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. salt
1. Puree 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries, leaving them coarsely chopped; don't puree them so much that they're liquid but you don't want them whole either.
2. When chopping the jalapeno, discard seeds or leave some in to your taste, as the seeds control a lot of the "heat."
3. Combine pureed blueberries, reserved 1/2 cup whole blueberries, finely chopped jalapeno, and remaining ingredients.