July 13, 2011

Blueberry Salsa


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.
Rough-chopped blueberries
Then you chop up and add in your typical salsa ingredients ... cilantro, jalapeno, fresh lime juice, and a bit of salt.
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!



Blueberry Salsa
Source:  Adapted from Whole Living magazine


Ingredients
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

Directions
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.

Enjoy!


This post is linked with This Week's Cravings hosted by Mom's Crazy Cooking, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by At the Well, These Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Savory Sunday hosted by The Sweet Details,  Cast Party Wednesday hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain, and and Sharing Sundays hosted by Everyday Sisters, A Themed Baker's Sunday hosted by Cupcake Apothecary, Foodie Friday hosted by Simple Living with Diane Balch, Gooseberry Patch Recipe Round-Up.

16 comments:

  1. You are my new hero for sharing this. Must buy more blueberries today before they are no longer on sale. I love this idea. And it's beautiful, too.

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  2. What an interesting recipe... it looks good! ~ Courtney

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  3. I'm loving blueberries right now. But I have never heard of a blueberry salsa! Sounds intriguing! I also fell in love with your marinated cheese recipe back in June. I am your newest follower :)

    I also wanted to invite you over to my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

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  4. Looks delish!

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  5. This looks delicious! I wouldn't have normally put these flavors together...but I might have to try!

    I have you featured today for the "Flash-Back-Friday"! Would love it if you could link up again!
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  6. Awesome! That sounds so good, and the color is so pretty. Great idea! It looks delicious :)

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  7. Sounds like a great way to use up some summer blueberries in a fabulous spicy sweet combo. I might have to try this with grilled scallops & corn or just smothered on a grilled steak!

    The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.com

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  8. This looks beautiful and so delicious. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Sounds interesting but tasty. Thanks for sharing! I'm pinning this one for future reference! :)

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  10. Wow, looks like I must give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Congrats! You were featured in this week's Themed Baker's Sunday! Come back for this next week's theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
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  12. I LOVE blueberries too. They're so good for you and taste amazing! I've had peach salsa and mango salsa, both good...but never with berries! I cannot wait to try this, seems so easy, too.

    -Rosie

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  13. This I have to try! Love blueberries.
    -Lynn

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  14. Stopping by from Foodie Friday. This sounded so interesting, I had to come check it out. Plus, blueberries are my favorite fruit. Thanks for sharing!

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