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We are in the height of blueberry season here in Georgia and this blueberry salsa recipe is the perfect way to celebrate!
Fresh blueberries, spicy jalapenos, and plenty of basil and lime juice make this easy blueberry salsa recipe the perfect healthy side dish for your summer BBQ menu.
Blueberry Salsa Ingredients
Ideally, you will use fresh blueberries for this summer salsa recipe. This will provide the freshest flavor and the best ‘mouth feel’ to your final recipe. Here’s what you need to make this fresh blueberry salsa recipe:
- Fresh blueberries (some will be chopped if desired, others will be added whole)
- Lime juice
- Fresh chopped basil
- Jalapenos. Fresh ones, not the pickled or canned kinds
- Red bell pepper (or whatever color you have on hand)
- Chopped onion
Stock up on fresh blueberries when you can!
I have been getting some off my bushes this year. (whatever the birds leave me!) I am also finding North Carolina blueberries at 2 pints for $3.00 so I have been stocking up.
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Freezing blueberries is very easy. Just spread them out on a cookie sheet and set the entire sheet into the freezer overnight. Once the berries are frozen, just dump them into a plastic freezer bag or other freezer-safe container and they will last for months.
Here is a good recipe from the July edition of Southern Living for blueberry salsa. I was a little unsure when I made it but it tasted heavenly and everyone at the pool party really seemed to enjoy it.
If you are looking for more blueberry recipes, try my blueberry oatmeal cookie bars. I love the fresh flavors of this salsa and it is great for people who are gluten-free, Whole30, or eating a raw food diet.
Tips for Making Fruit Salsa
When making this salsa, choose the freshest ingredients for the most vibrant flavor. The consistency of this side dish will depend on how you prepare it.
Toss all the ingredients in the food processor for a finer consistency. If you want a chunky texture, skip the food processor and roughly chop everything by hand. Or leave large pieces if that is your preference.
Change up the final flavor by alternating between cilantro and basil. Both of these fresh herbs are bold flavors that will go beautifully with sweet blueberries and spicy fresh jalapenos.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl when mixing. You want to toss these ingredients thoroughly before serving.
Make sure you go easy on the salt at first. You can always add more salt if needed but you can’t take it out after it’s in there.
This blueberry salsa is ready to serve as soon as everything is mixed, however, for a more balanced flavor, let it chill for a few hours before serving.
How do you serve blueberry salsa?
This blueberry salsa recipe is delicious with traditional tortilla chips but personally, I love them on toasted pita chips that have a touch of cinnamon and sugar on them. The combination of sweet and tart makes for a deliciously healthy snack recipe!
If you grow and preserve your own herbs, you can make homemade salsa pretty much all year long. Try to buy local blueberries whenever possible. Personally, I would rather buy in bulk in the summer and freeze them back than get stuck buying blueberries from Chili in the winter months.
Make sure to invest in a blueberry cookbook or two. You would be amazed at the number of both sweet and savory blueberry recipes you can find.
Fresh Blueberry Salsa Recipe
This blueberry salsa recipe makes healthier snacking so much tastier and delicious! Serve with your favorite tortilla chips the next time you have a summer get-together.
The combination of fresh blueberries, zesty jalapeno, and crunchy red bell pepper is also delicious as a topping for grilled chicken.
Store this in the refrigerator. The lemon juice will help maintain color and freshness for several days. Of course, you won’t want to stop eating it so I doubt it will last too long!
- 3 cups fresh whole blueberries
- 1/4 cup lime juice (I added a little less...very tart berries already!)
- 3 TBSP fresh chopped basil
- 2 seeded and minced jalapenos
- 1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- Place 2 cups of blueberries in a food processor or chop finely if you want a less chunky texture
- Mix every together in a large bowl and serve or chill to let flavors blend
- Serve with your choice of tortilla chips or pita chips. Can also serve over grilled chicken or serve as a healthy side dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information not always accurate
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.