Cherry Salsa

If you haven’t tried fresh cherries and hot peppers, now’s the time. This simple cherry salsa recipe takes minutes to whip together, and the taste is phenomenal. The rich tartness from the cherries shifts into overdrive with the jalapeño heat. Add in a little fresh basil, and you have quite a refreshing mix. It’s perfect just with tortilla chips, or use this salsa with grilled chicken or pork to bring some pep to a meal.

Cherry salsa
Fresh cherry salsa, delicious on so many things

If you’re lucky enough to have fresh Fresno peppers available near you, try one instead of the jalapeño. The sweeter Fresno taste works very well in the cherry salsa, and the heat profile is relatively close to jalapeño. Fresno peppers are just slightly hotter on average.

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Cherry salsa

Cherry Salsa

Sweet, tarty and fiery – perfect with chicken or pork
3.60 from 5 votes
Course Appetizer, Side
Servings 8 servings
Calories 27 kcal


  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 2 cups cherries pitted and chopped
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour prior to serving for the best flavor.


Swap in a Fresno pepper for the jalapeño to add a slightly sweeter (and hotter) pepper experience.


Calories: 27kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 292mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 11, 2023 to include new content.
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