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This healthy appetizer recipe can be used to dip your chips, spread over your main dish or use it in place of regular salsa for many recipes.

The blend of different flavors in this salsa will really waken up your taste buds.

The combination of spicy, sweet and tartness of the cherries is a unique and delicious taste.

So if you are thinking Mexican flavor for your pork or chicken tonight, try making this recipe idea to go with your meal.

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This salsa is a refreshing change from the traditional spicy salsa appetizer recipe. With the sweetness and tart flavor of the cherries,

This combination of sweet and spicy flavors is sure to get your attention. This spicy mixture wows traditional salsa lovers. You can use this salsa with chips and serve it as an appetizer or eat it for a snack.

Make it to go with your main course and and spoon it over your chicken or pork meal.

Recipe Type:

Appetizer, Side Dish

Degree of Difficulty:



  • 1 1/3 cups frozen unsweetened tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh or canned jalapeño peppers, or to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  1. Coarsely chop frozen tart cherries.
  2. Let cherries thaw and drain reserving 1 tbsp of the juice.
  3. When cherries are thawed, put drained cherries, dried cherries, onions, jalapeños, garlic and cilantro into medium sized saucepan and mix well.
  4. Combine reserved cherry juice and cornstarch into a small container.
  5. Mix until smooth and then stir into the cherry mixture.
  6. Cook over medium to medium-high heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  7. Let cool and serve with tortilla chips or over pork or chicken meal.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts shown below are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below.

The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.

Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 4
Serving Size 2.6 oz
Calories 61.5
Total Fat 0.4g
      Sat Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 3mg
Total Carbohydrates 15g
      Fiber 1.6g
      Sugar 4.7g
Protein 0.9g

Weight Watchers Points

Smart Points: 1pt
Points Plus: 0pts
Original Points: 1pt
The Points Plus and Smart Points values do not include the frozen cherries for this recipe but does include dried cherries per the rules for fruits.


Source: Cherry Marketing Institute

Web Page: www.cherrymkt.org

These ground turkey nachos appetizer recipe would go great with this Cherry Salsa.

Just substitute this salsa for the salsa ingredient in the nachos appetizer recipe.

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