Blueberry Salsa

For a change of pace from the same-old everyday tomato salsa, how about a savory fruit salsa? It's easy to make, just blueberries smashed with a smidge of onion and jalapeño, then brightened with lime juice, fresh ginger and fresh herbs. Beautiful color and very summery!

Fresh & Seasonal. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly. Low Carb.
Blueberry Salsa ♥, fresh, fruity savory fruit salsa for summer. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole 30 Friendly.

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So How Funny Is This?!

My sister forwarded a link to a recipe for blueberry salsa. (Okay, that’s not soo funny, Adanna sends recipes all the time.)

Intrigued, I clicked through to read the recipe. (Okay, that’s not so funny either, in fact, it’s soo predictable, I love my sister's recipe picks.)

Halfway into the recipe, though, I laughed out loud. The source of that recipe on Serious Eats was inspired by the blog My Own Sweet Thyme, written by (okay, "this" is the funny part) my long-time real-life friend Lisa!

Now, my sister and Lisa know each other, their first-borns once called each other "god brothers" because they share a godmother. (Blush.)

Blueberry Salsa ♥, fresh, fruity savory fruit salsa for summer. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole 30 Friendly.

But Adanna was so tantalized by the very idea of a savory blueberry salsa (and aren’t you too?!) she’d missed that important detail.

What goes around? Comes around!


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: best 8 - 12 hours after making (see TIPS)
Makes 1-1/2 to 2 cups
  • 8 – 12 ounces (1-1/2 – 2 cups) fresh blueberries, chopped coarsely
  • 1 shallot, chopped fine (a little red onion would be a fine substitute)
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded, deveined and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Zest & juice of half a lime (about 1 tablespoon juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • Fresh basil or cilantro, chopped, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight for all those flavors to "get all comfy and cozy with one another" (in culinary words, that's called "allowing the flavors to meld". Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips (see TIPS). Best served cold from the fridge or in a bowl resting in ice in a larger bowl.

ALANNA's TIPS Truth be told, Day One, I was unimpressed by this Blueberry Salsa and even decided against sharing the recipe. I wondered, Could substituting basil for Lisa's cilantro, my one adaptation, have made such a difference? But good news, on Day Two, a last-ditch taste test delivered a big surprise, a refreshing, great-tasting fruit salsa. This is a keeper! Just be sure to let the flavors meld for several hours. I’ve somehow ended up with two bags of tortilla chips in the house and criminy, if Blueberry Salsa doesn't taste especially good with Tostitos White Corn Scoops.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Quarter Cup: 21 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 36mg Sodium; 6g Carb; 1g Fiber; 4g Sugar; 0g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS Old Points 0 & PointsPlus 1 & SmartPoints 1 & Freestyle 0
Adapted from Blueberry Salsa from My Own Sweet Thyme

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