This salsa recipe uses berries and pears; A recipe for fruit salsa with blackberries, pears, and fresh mint.
My husband is incredibly honest. He doesn’t pull any punches, and he speaks his mind, which means I know when I ask him his opinion, I will get the real thing. It’s one of my favorite things about him.
It’s also one of my least favorite things about him.
Especially when the opinion he voices is that I’m a messy cook and terrible at keeping the kitchen clean. Not that I didn’t know that already, but still. He followed it up with some advice to go with what I’m good at… being carefree and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.
Out of respect for that advice, I have created one of the most unusual and unplanned (and, by the way, not that messy) recipes I have ever done. Even the recipe card below is full of estimates and no measurements whatsoever.
And Robb was right, it suited me just fine.
Originally, I had intended to make a salsa with nectarines and blackberries, cilantro and jalapenos, but what was I thinking? It’s nowhere near nectarine season. They were not to be found. So I walked around the produce department with my little 6-oz package of blackberries, looking for potential salsa ingredients.
I settled on pears. Delicate, delicious, Barlett pears.
I knew I couldn’t use a jalapeno with a pear, because I didn’t want the pepper to be too overpowering. I went with the milder Anaheim pepper. And, I thought cilantro would be weird with pears, so I used mint.
I was a little worried about this whole flavor combination, but I shouldn’t have been. It’s unusual, for sure, but delicious. The mint is a surprise, and a great compliment to the pear.
I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but blackberries are my all-time favorite berry. If I have to eat nothing but fruit, give me peaches and blackberries, and I will be just fine.
I’ll probably find a way to make a mess of the kitchen with them, but I’ll be just fine.
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- 4-6 oz. whole fresh blackberries
- 1 ripe Bartlett pear
- ½ Anaheim pepper
- juice of ½ lime
- fresh mint
- dash salt
- Dice pear and pepper and place in a bowl. Add berries.
- Finely chop mint, add to the bowl.
- Squeeze juice from half a lime into the bowl.
- Stir to get an even mixture. Add salt.
- Serve immediately.
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