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

Fresh Cherry Salsa

5 from 1 vote
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: 20 mins
Total: 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)

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  1. Totally agree that tortilla chips are just vehicles. Using a spoon is my favorite! And, I was just telling someone about a cherry pitter and they didn’t understand the necessity. The best way I could explain it was that it allowed you to eat cherries rapid fire. And they call themselves cherry fans…ha!

  2. I love watermelon salsa, pineapple salsa , & peach salsa. Can not wait to try cherry salsa. Pinned

    1. And now I am totally intrigued by the idea of watermelon salsa! That sounds delicious. Thanks Kristen!

  3. Erin – this is brilliant – I love your idea of combining jalapenos, cherries, lime and red wine vinegar! I could eat this by the bucketful!

    1. Thank you so much Shashi! I found the chips almost unnecessary and pretty much ate it with a spoon :-)

  4. Can i just be the weird one and say those jalapenos are really cute? Haha..cherry salsa sounds perrrrfect for my chips and mouth! ;) thanks for the link-up lady! have a great weekend! xoxo

    1. Julie, I am so excited you said that, because I think they are ADORABLE! Also I spent a ridiculous amount of timing picking them out at the store because, you know, #foodblogproblems. Happy to link up–your scones look fabulous!

  5. Blue tortilla chips are the best! And now I need to go get both a bag of those chips and more cherries! This looks so good!

    1. I think the blue color gives them some kind of extra magic! I get nervous when we get down to half a bag and have to stock up.

    1. Thank you so much Cheri! Imperial has been such a great company to work with, and I’m so glad that you like the recipe too.

  6. Wow, congrats girl, that’s awesome about Imperial Sugar. And this recipe looks so fantastic, totally genius!

  7. I never thought much about using a cherry/olive pitter. Good idea! Do you think this recipe would work with, say, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar? Oh yeah, I guess that might defeat the point, hehe!

  8. I’m a salsa girl through and through – sweet, spicy, chunky, thin, any and all kinds. Except that I’ve never even thought of cherry salsa, let alone seen it. Girl, this is genius! Love it!

  9. Anything with lime and fruit! Who needs the tortilla chips? This looks amazing on its own! And I love the pitter. Happiness is having good kitchen gadgets!

  10. That a cool cherry pitter. I love that little guard to keep the juice from spraying you. :D I’m thinking I need some cheery Salsa ASAP! Pinning

  11. I am in hog heaven with all the fruit salsa recipes that are popping up AND with all the fresh fruit that is available. Its wonderful. Fruit and fruit salsa makes suh a nice companion highlighter of the other dishes being served.

  12. Anything with cherries! What a great idea. I think I would have a hard time keeping them out of my mouth while making this though.

  13. I have to admit that I am a huge chips and salsa person! And, yes the blue chips definitely taste better! Since I pretty much eat chips and salsa on a daily basis, I am always looking for new and fun salsas to mix things up and I’m loving this one! I don’t think I’ve ever seen cherry salsa before, but I need some right now!

  14. I can’t get enough of cherries lately and combining them with jalapenos sounds amazing! I love salsa and chips but would probably eat this by the spoonful! It looks fantastic :)

  15. Such stunning photos in this post Erin! Ah, that dark purple and green combo is hard to beat. Now, let’s talk salsa. I normally balk at the idea of eating the normal kinda salsas at Mexican restaurants. This one though? Gorgeous. I love the sweet, juicy and hot thing you’ve got going on! Beautiful!

  16. Holy Bajinkas…. This is amazing. I would never have thought to make a cherry salsa, mostly because I am to busy stuffing my face with the cherries to actually prepare them. LOL! Totes pinning this for cherry season. Yum!

  17. Erin! This is my absolute favorite recipe. Seriously. We had it last night with pork roast. The roast ended up just being an excuse to pile more salsa on. Not cooking tonight..we’re definitely having leftovers. I have shared this recipe with my family and friends and told them they’d be idiots not to rush out and get the stuff to make it!

    Gotta run..all this talking about it has me drooling on the phone screen. Better go make sure it’s “still good”. Hahahahaha!5 stars