Dips + Spreads + Salsas

Fruit salsa is incredibly versatile. I've gathered 15 unique fruit salsa recipes that will blow your mind, or at the very least, explode your tastebuds.

15 Mind Blowing Fruit Salsa Recipes

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I love salsa, but it seems tomatoes are always hogging all the salsa glory. Quite frankly, I’m tired of it. It’s high time we gave other salsas their moment in the spotlight.

That’s why I’m dedicating this post to the unsung heroes of the salsa world. Yes, I’m looking at you, fruit salsa. I’ve searched the far corners of the Internet to bring you 15 amazing fruit salsa recipes that are sure to blow your mind, or at the very least, explode your tastebuds.

The great thing about fruit salsa is its versatility. You can eat it alone, use it to compliment your favorite main dish, serve it with tortilla chips, or my personal favorite, eat it on cinnamon crisps (watch for the recipe coming this week). Without further ado, I give you the stars of today’s salsa show:



If you’re looking for a classic fruit salsa recipe, then look no further than this tasty concoction from Real Housemoms. With just five ingredients, this will go from your cutting board to your mouth in no time flat.

Simple Fruit Salsa


2. Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa

The fresh jalepeño and optional Sriracha sauce bring the heat to the party in this bright blueberry pineapple salsa from Eazy Peazy Mealz.

Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa



Apricots, pineapple, and papaya, OH MY! You’ll practically hear ukuleles serenading you every time you take a bite of this island favorite from Lady Behind the Curtain.

Island Fruit Salsa



This is both an appetizer and a centerpiece. You can serve this fresh watermelon mint salsa from Lauren Kelly Nutrition right out of the watermelon it came from. That’s one less dish you have to wash after you and your guests have indulged on this treat.

Watermelon Mint Salsa



If you’re looking for something tart, zesty, and tangy, then you can end your search with this green apple salsa from Lemon Tree Dwelling.

Green Apple Salsa



I love the idea of toasting a baguette and adding some goat cheese and this salsa from Damn Delicious. Come on, it’s just begging to be eaten at a picnic or backyard garden party.

Blueberry and Peach thyme Salsa



Jerry James Stone has truly outdone himself with this kiwi salsa. Not only does he give the recipe, but you’ll also find a video on how to peel a kiwi. Delicious and helpful.

Simple Kiwi Salsa



Strawberries—check. Avocado—check. Feta—check. It’s official, this salsa from Once Upon a Cutting Board has successfully combined three of the tastiest summer ingredients.

Strawberry, Avocado, and Feta Salsa


What’s more American than apple pie? Innovation, that’s what. Apple pie gets a makeover courtesy of I Am That Lady in this Apple Pie Fruit Salsa recipe, and that makeover tastes ahhhh-mazing!

Apple Pie Fruit Salsa



You’ll get a kick, quite literally from this Moms Need to Know watermelon salsa. It’s great as a dip or fresh salad.

Easy Watermelon Salsa



You could use mango instead of cantaloupe in this salsa from Local Kitchen Blog. It tastes so good, you won’t believe it only takes ten minutes to prepare.

Fresh Cantaloupe Salsa



The blackberry salsa wasn’t meant to be the star of this recipe from How Sweet It Is, but luscious berries like that can’t help but steal the show. Sorry, sweet potato quinoa cakes, you just got upstaged.

Blackberry Fruit Salsa



The only thing better than digging into a big bowl of fruit salsa is digging in and finding a layer of sweet no-bake cheesecake underneath! Make sure there are other people around when you make this Carlsbad Cravings recipe, or else you might just eat the whole thing yourself.

Rainbow Fruit Salsa Cheesecake Dip



There’s no kick to the summer berry fruit salsa from The Slow Roasted Italian, but you won’t hear me complaining. Even your mouth needs some time to cool off, and this fruity treat is the perfect way to beat the heat.

Summer Berry Fruit Salsa



My final pick is a “choose your own adventure,” salsa style. University of California Berkeley Wellness put together this amazing infographic that breaks down the science of tasty fruit salsa, so you can pick the right ingredients and make a concoction perfectly suited to your taste buds.

Create your own Mix 'n Match Fruit Salsa


Mind. Blown.

Surprise! This savory herb sauce isn't your standard fare. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto combines classic basil pesto flavors with tangy sun-dried tomatoes.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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Surprise! This savory herb sauce isn’t your standard fare. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto combines classic basil pesto flavors with tangy tomatoes.

Pesto, packed with basil and Parmesan, is summer’s generous gift to my belly. Of course I eat it on pasta, sometimes with a splash of cream or ricotta–but I also spread it on my sandwiches, use it as a veggie dip and dollop it on my grilled meats. It’s so versatile.


It’s also easy to change up and mix up! I swap the Parmesan for other cheeses like Pecorino or Feta, replace the pine nuts with almonds or hazelnuts and even add olives, or in this case sun dried tomatoes!

You can use this pesto like you do the plain Jane kind, but the tangy tomatoes make it really tasty on grilled sausage or brushed onto fish.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Look at that gorgeous sauce. The best part is pesto lasts and lasts in the fridge, even the freezer. Cover tightly and freeze for up to a month, or keep in the fridge, covered, for a week. If you are storing it in the fridge, keep it from oxidizing by pressing plastic wrap right on the top surface. This will keep air from getting in and prevent it from taking on odors from the fridge.

I kept the sun dried tomato pesto pretty close to my Classic Pesto, and just added tomatoes. I added a lot because I wanted the flavor to stand out from the strong garlic, Parmesan and basil. 1 cup did the trick. I like the tomatoes packed in oil (I use the oil in vinaigrette later!) because they are soft and easy to blend and chop. Some brands come vacuum-sealed and are very soft. Those would be great as well.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 2 cups

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Serve this over grilled sausage; it's also delicious on fish and pasta.


  • 4 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup (3 1/2 oz) pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except the oil, in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil into the feed tube. Use immediately or freeze for up to a month.
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Recipe by Tara Bench
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal Aug 2010
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Spicy Grapefruit Guacamole

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This is one avocado mash fit for a holiday party. Take a good look at this gorgeous dip though, because it won’t last long.
Juicy grapefruit and pops of pomegranates are better than you could even think in guacamole. Seriously I couldn’t stop eating this. Your guests will be so pleasantly surprised.
Spicy Grapefruit GuacamoleI wanted something savory and crowd-pleasing, but wanted to use fresh seasonal fruit. I added segments of Wonderful Sweet Scarletts red grapefruit which is actually much sweeter than typical white or pink grapefruit. You get grapefruit flavor, but no bitterness. The pomegranates are the most festive color and give a little texture and tangy burst. Both fruits play off the lime, onions and creamy avocado.

Spicy Grapefruit GuacamoleIf you’ve never segmented citrus, it is quite simple. I cut off the ends of the grapefruit, stem and bottom, about 1/2 inch in. Then stand it on one flat end and slice the rind and pith off following the shape of the fruit. Then hold it in your hand and slice in between the membranes to remove each segment. I chop my segments up for this recipe.

Spicy Grapefruit Guacamole

Yield: Makes 2½ cups - Serves 6

Spicy Grapefruit Guacamole

A fresh take on this favorite snack. The sweet, red citrus takes it to a whole new level! SERVES 6


  • 2 large avocados
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 Wonderful Sweet Scarlett grapefruit, segmented and chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp Wonderful pomegranate arils
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Pit and peel avocados and gently mash in a bowl. Add the salt, lime juice, hot sauce, jalapeno and scallions and stir to blend to desired consistency, chunky or smooth.
  2. Add the grapefruit segments to the guacamole with the cilantro. Garnish with the pomegranate arils and serve with chips.
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Recipe: Tara Bench
Photography by Kathy YL Chan and Tara Bench

Sunshine Chicken Skewers

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Even the simplest things can look fantastically impressive on the table with a little thought. These chicken skewers are great for dinner, but make such a fun party platter that they scream to be served in a giant circle for a crowd! And have you tasted sweet chili sauce? …with, like, everything!

These are great warm or at room temperature, so you’re set for a potluck, party or game day! [Insert favorite team cheer here]

 Sunshine Chicken Skewers


Sunshine Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: Makes about 36 kabobs

Simple skewers of chicken, pineapple and tomatoes become a work of art when arranged in a sunburst on the platter.


  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ lbs boneless chicken breast
  • ¾ ripe pineapple, cut into small wedges
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
  • Cooking spray
  • Sweet Chili Sauce


  1. Combine the spices, garlic, salt, olive oil and lemon juice; stir into a paste.
  2. Slice the chicken into about 36 thin strips and place in a ziptop plastic bag with the spice paste. Seal the bag and turn the chicken to it gets well coated with the spices. Chill for 1 to 2 hr.
  3. Soak bamboo skewers in water, then thread each skewer with a piece of pineapple, a strip of chicken and a tomato. Heat grill to medium high. Spray chicken with cooking spray and then place on the grill. Cook just until done, turning once, 7 to 8 min total.
  4. Arrange on a round platter with a bowl of sweet chili sauce in the center for dipping.
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Recipe by Tara Bench, original published in Ladies’ Home Journal June/14. Photo credit Johnny Miller. Food Stylist Christine Albano. Prop Stylist Elizabeth MacLennan