cherry salsa forever




I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't like Gloria Estefan's music*. I don't actually think it's her music, but her voice. Perhaps she's been overplayed in my lifetime. Despite this, my cherry salsa recipe is the song Conga! in your mouth. Your foot begins to tap, and before you know it, you're a Tostitos commercial. I serve this on salmon that's been dusted with Tajin or with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Or alone, or as a side. Hell, it's good on a napkin. If you like cherries, you'll love this. Now, do not fear the jalapeño. Even if you're one of those people who throw your hands up and damn near run saying, "No, no, I can't do spicy." Easy, killer. Jalapeños aren't spicy when you discard the seeds. So if you want kick, keep a few seeds in, and if you don't, use none. Capisce?
3⁄4 lb. Sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
1 pint Cherry tomatoes, chopped
12 cup Red onion, chopped and soaked in ice water for 10 min.
1 Jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and minced
2 Tbl Fresh lime juice
2 Tbl (or less) Extra-virgin olive oil
3⁄4 cup Cilantro (or flat-leaf parsley if you despise cilantro), finely chopped
Kosher Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste


  • In a medium bowl, mix the cherries with the tomatoes, drained onion, jalapeño, lime juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro and serve right away. It can be saltier and spicier than you think, so it pairs well with the richness of a grilled salmon.

*Cherry. Salsa. Forever. I realize now that it's Lionel Richie's All Night Long song that I keep singing (and despise). Fiesta, forever. Yet, we press on.

Asparagus with capers and leeks beside grilled salmon with cherry salsa


  1. Only you could turn a post about Cherry Salsa into a laugh fest ! I love this so much & it’s really a good thing I didn’t have liquid in my mouth when I read this but it was fun to watch my gum fly across the room nonetheless!!! Thanks for sharing. And by the way, I HATE Dancing On The Ceiling too!! I mean who writes a song like that??!!

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      I know now why I don’t like the Conga! Song. At big events after I’ve worked up a sweat and am panting like an Ewok in a Star Wars trailer (somewhere in a desert?), they try to KEEP people dancing with that song! I am already near death at that point, hence my vitriol toward Ms. Estefan. Um, maybe?

      1. Love your comments
        I love the conga music when I need to find energy and the Lionel Richie music to relax by. Recovering from cancer surgery and need positive people around me and good food.

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