Blueberry Salsa

July 13, 2011
With its combination of blueberries, jalapeno, fresh cilantro, and fresh basil, this Blueberry Salsa is uniquely and flavorfully distinct.  Serve its colorful mix up with tortilla chips for a truly unique and tasty treat.  Or, spoon it as a sauce over fish, chicken, or pork tenderloin.

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's a unique flavor that seems a bit ... what's a good word? ... foreign maybe? ... on the first bite.  It has both fresh cilantro and fresh basil, a flavor combination I had not experienced before.  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.

Serve this colorful and flavorful salsa up with some tortilla chips for a truly unique and tasty treat.  Or, as a sauce spooned over fish, chicken, or pork tenderloin.


Both colorful and flavorful!

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Yield: about 3 cups

Blueberry Salsa

Blueberry Salsa

With its combination of blueberries, jalapeno, fresh cilantro, and fresh basil, this Blueberry Salsa is uniquely and flavorfully distinct. Serve its colorful mix up with tortilla chips for a truly unique and tasty treat. Or, spoon it as a sauce over fish, chicken, or pork tenderloin.
Prep time: 20 MCook time: Total time: 20 M


  • 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. Place 1/2 cup whole blueberries in a bowl.  Puree remaining 1 & 1/2 cups blueberries, leaving them coarsely chopped; don't puree them so much that they're liquid but you don't want them whole either.  Combine pureed blueberries with whole berries.
  2. Add finely chopped jalapeno, chopped onion, cilantro, basil, lime juice, and salt.  Stir to combine.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping, or as a sauce spooned over fish, chicken, or pork tenderloin.
  1. When chopping the jalapeno, discard seeds or leave some in to your taste, as the seeds control most of the jalapeno's "heat."
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  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.

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

  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 :)

  4. 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!

  5. Awesome! That sounds so good, and the color is so pretty. Great idea! It looks delicious :)

  6. 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

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

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

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

  10. 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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  11. 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.


  12. This I have to try! Love blueberries.

  13. 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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