Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa

Does your fruit dish ever end up looking like this? I’ve been working hard at having less waste-even working towards zero waste. We have a ways to go yet but this fresh Use It Up Fruit Salsa recipe is a great start towards a zero waste kitchen.

Excess Overripe Fruit Is Perfect For Fruit Salsa
Excess Overripe Fruit Is Perfect For Fruit Salsa

Sometimes the week gets away from you and I don’t get around to cutting up and using up all the fruit I bought with good intentions at the beginning of the week. Some fruits are easier to use up than others like that mushy banana at the bottom of the pile which will make our smoothie extra sweet tomorrow or go in the freezer for future muffins but other fruits can be a bit harder to use up short of eating fruit for all three meals one day.

Easy Quick And Healthy Fruit Salsa Recipe
Easy Quick And Healthy Fruit Salsa Recipe

I arrived home from work the other day knowing I needed to get to cutting up and using this fruit but I was tired and it was hard to get moving. I reminded myself I didn’t have time to sit down so I cranked up the REM (who doesn’t love some good tunes?!) got up and pretty quickly realized what I craved for dinner. (I know that music, wearing my runners in the house and having a coffee all help me break the lazy cycle and get moving!)

Easy Healthy Fruit Salsa Topped Grilled Chicken
Easy Healthy Fruit Salsa Topped Grilled Chicken

Simple grilled chicken and fruit salsa-easy, healthy and family friendly, this is a dinner that you can totally customize to what needs using up. Spoon it over any type of plain grilled or baked fish, chicken or sliced flank steak, scoop it up with tortilla chips or roll it up in a tortilla with your grilled meat or even use it as your side salad!

Grilled Chicken And Fruit Salsa
Grilled Chicken And Fruit Salsa

The fruit is easily interchangeable-use oranges, melons, peaches or even strawberries, kiwis and grapes, whatever needs using up. (Looking for a more classic salsa? This one is my favourite and if you want a really unique salsa, try my Rhubarb Salsa, great with tortilla chips or grilled pork chops) As for herbs, I strongly favor cilantro for a Mexican flavored salsa but again, use what you have- mint and parsley are especially good as is fennel or basil for a different flavor profile.

Fruit Salsa Recipe Using Ripe Fruit On Grilled Chicken And Coconut Rice
Fruit Salsa Recipe Using Ripe Fruit On Grilled Chicken And Coconut Rice
Mango And Melon Salsa And Chips
Mango And Melon Salsa And Chips
Quick Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipe-Fuit Salsa Over Chicken Or Fish
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Fruit Salsa

A super simple and super versatile fruit salsa recipe designed to use up what fruit you have on hand.  Lime juice is classic but depending what you have you could use lemon or even a light wine vinegar and instead of cilantro, you can use mint, parsley, basil, fennel or any other soft herb you have handy. 

Course Condiment, Dinner, Dip, Dressing, Fruit, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine canadian
Keyword Fruit, Salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sabrina Currie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c Red Onion, Small Dice
  • 1 1/2 c Mango Or Other Firm Fruit, Small Dice Use multiple kinds of fruit if you like
  • 1/2-1 Jalapeno, Very Fine Dice
  • 1/4 c Cilantro, Finely Sliced (1/4 c packed)
  • 1/2-1 Lime, Juiced
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let sit about 1/2 hr.  Season to taste with salt and lime juice and serve.

    Easy Use It Up Fruit Salsa Recipe
  2. Delicious served over fish or chicken, in fish tacos, over tuna poke or with tortilla chips.

    Fruit Salsa Recipe Using Ripe Fruit On Grilled Chicken And Coconut Rice
  3. *Get creative with the fruit-any combination of mango, melons, oranges, strawberries, grapes, or switch 1/2 fruit for avocado. Use up what needs using in your kitchen.

    Easy Healthy Fruit Salsa Topped Grilled Chicken
Quick Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipe-Fuit Salsa Over Chicken Or Fish
Quick Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipe-Fuit Salsa Over Chicken Or Fish
Zero Waste Fruit Salsa Recipe
Zero Waste Fruit Salsa Recipe


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24 thoughts on “Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa”

  • 5 stars
    That is a great idea! Who doesn’t have fruit that needs to be used up before it’s too late? It makes for a delicious salsa, I’m sure! Even on fish , or just simply with corn tortillas as in your picture. Yum! P.s. Love the kitty in your picture! 😉

    • Thank you so much Jo! I hope you get a chance to try it, such an easy way to dress up a plain dinner 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Sabrina, I’m a HUGE fan of fruit in savoury dishes, and I love using up odds and ends (we always call them ‘kitchen sink meals’), so I’m doubly-pleased with this amazing salsa. Limes juice is definitely the perfect addition too – it rounds out mango and plays against the jalapeno so nicely. Great stuff!

  • 5 stars
    I always have over ripe fruit in my kitchen and this would be the perfect way to use it up! This would be a light and refreshing addition to so many meals, but I’m especially thinking about summer grilling season – chicken, fish and even burgers!

    • Thanks Leanne, I agree, a perfect companion for grilling season! Thanks for the comment and enjoy 😊

  • 5 stars
    After reading your post for Easy and Healthy Fruit Salsa, I am craving a chicken burger or chicken salad with some of this fresh salsa on the side. I love the idea of using fennel – I had not thought of that! It would be so good on fish! Thank you for the inspiration, Sabrina! 🙂

  • 5 stars
    I find we can all be a little too comfortable with wasting food, especially when it looks spoiled. Recipes like this really help for inspiration in using what’s left in the fridge, or what’s about to go bad. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Phil! I totally agree and that’s for sure one of the points of this recipe. Thanks for the kind comment, enjoy 🥭

  • 5 stars
    This salsa looks amazing and simple to make. I never think about having anything but tomato based salsa but that bowl of chips with this fruit salsa looks amazing!

    • Thanks Alisa! Once you start adding fruit to your salsa, the sky’s the limit on flavours. I hope you enjoy it!

  • 5 stars
    This is fantastic Sabrina – I’m a huge fan of fruit salsas. They are great on so many dishes and as an accompaniment to so many more. Such a great way to use up some of that fruit!

    • Right?! I totally agree and have been making a bigger effort this year to reduce food waste which is what inspired this recipe. Thanks for your kind words Kim, have a great day 🙂

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