I’m not really a chips and salsa person. I’m a whatever vehicle most effectively shovels the salsa into my mouth and salsa person, particularly when Fresh Cherry Salsa is up for grabs.

Cherry Salsa Recipe

I have a fixation for flavors and textures that do a dance-off: sweet and salty (ahem, Salted Brown Butter Churro Crispy Treats); creamy and crunchy (Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats anyone?); spicy and fruity (Chipotle Grapefruit Margaritas, please!). Fresh Cherry Salsa is a can’t-stop-won’t-stop boogie between burstingly sweet summer cherries, zippy lime, and kickin’ jalapeno. We’re talking chunky, fruity, and fresh.

Cherry Salsa-Fresh Cherry, Lime, and Jalapeno

The Best Fresh Cherry Salsa

Before we go any farther, a public service announcement: You need (and deserve) a cherry pitter! I bought this one, and my quality of summer life has increased significantly since. Cherries come but once a year, so let nothing hold you back from purchasing an outrageous quantity and eating them as quickly as possible.

In addition to cherry salsa, you can use that pitter to make this outrageously easy and delectable Double Crust Cherry Crisp, and (since it doubles as an olive pitter) a dirty olive martini. When you do, please call me.

Cherry Salsa-Cherry Pitter in Action

How to Serve Cherry Salsa

While a large spoon did the cleanest job delivering the fresh cherry salsa straight into my waiting pie hole, we’ve also been enjoying it a few different ways:

  • With Chips. Blue corn tortilla chips to be exact (is it just me or do the blue ones taste better?).
  • On Chicken. This salsa is scrumptious over simply roasted chicken breasts.
  • I suspect that it would be irresistible atop grilled salmon or pork too.

More Delicious Cherry Recipes

Cherry Salsa Recipe with Lime

Whether by chip, by chicken, or by bare hands, fresh cherry salsa is begging to be devoured before this summer comes to an end. Leave the jarred stuff aside for a night and upgrade to this spicy, sweet, and tangy treat.


Cherry Salsa Recipe
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5 from 1 vote

Fresh Cherry Salsa

This cherry salsa recipe is fresh, fruity, and tastes incredible! Serve with chicken, pork, and of course tortilla chips. The perfect way to use fresh cherries.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Chilling Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 1/4 cups pitted cherries - 3/4 pound, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice - about 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic - about 2 cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 fresh jalapeño peppers - seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Serving: 1(of 4)
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
All text and images ©Erin Clarke / Well Plated
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Imperial Sugar compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are my own.