cherry salsa cherry salsa Israeli Kitchen Sweet and spicy converge in this delightfully simple salsa recipe. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Simple cherry salsa

This salsa will be your new favorite way to eat cherries.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • Prep time: 20 minutes

It's still summertime for awhile longer, and cherries are everywhere. They're in our ice cream, our cobbler and now, our salsa. This simple cherry salsa is easy to make, has quite a punch, and is very tasty. It will be your new favorite way to eat cherries.

Yes, it's great as chips and dip, but this salsa can do so much more. It's wonderful on a burger or my personal favorite, in a grilled cheese sandwich. So you might want to double the recipe. You won't regret it.

When it comes to preparing cherries, I prefer the smash method. It’s quick and quite cathartic. Remove any stems, and add the cherries to a large Ziploc bag; the zipper ones work best. Using a meat tenderizer, smash the cherries. Don’t go all Hulk on it. Simply smash them so you can squeeze out the pits.


  • 1 pound cherries
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 ounce cilantro
  • 1/2 small jalapeno
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


First thing is to pit the cherries. You can use the method I outlined above. It's quick and easy when you are processing a lot of cherries.

cherries on a tableSummer is the perfect time to experiment with cherries. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

After you smash the cherries, simply push out the pits and transfer the cherries to your food processor.

Chop the onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno just enough so that the food processor can handle them. Food processors work best when you are using equal-sized pieces.

Add the onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, and salt to the processor. Puree the mixture until everything is chopped and it has a sauce like texture.

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