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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:

 

1. SIMPLE FRUIT SALSA

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

 

3. ISLAND 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

 

4. WATERMELON MINT 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

 

5. GREEN APPLE 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

 

6. BLUEBERRY AND PEACH THYME 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

 

7. SIMPLE KIWI 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

 

8. STRAWBERRY, AVOCADO, AND FETA 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

9. APPLE PIE FRUIT 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

 

10. EASY WATERMELON 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

 

11. FRESH CANTALOUPE 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

 

12. BLACKBERRY FRUIT 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

 

13. RAINBOW FRUIT SALSA CHEESECAKE DIP

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

 

14. SUMMER BERRY FRUIT SALSA

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

 

15. CREATE YOUR OWN MIX ‘N MATCH 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.

Just when you thought you couldn't love bacon any more than you already do, here are 101 ways to enjoy this delicious meaty treat.

101 Ways To Love Bacon

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Oh, bacon! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! No really, let’s count them. Just when you thought you couldn’t love bacon any more than you already do, here are 101 ways to enjoy this delicious meaty treat. HINT: It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

Bacon is meat candy. Admit it, you think so too!
It’s one of the most versatile foods–used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even desserts. I mean, that really covers it. These days no one blinks if you mention bacon on a cake, in a cocktail or a fancy chocolate bar. You can serve bacon wrapped in bacon on top of bacon and people wouldn’t question it.

This stat puts it all into perspective (not really, but I think it’s funny) “In general, 62 percent of people prefer bacon over sausage on breakfast sandwiches. But among those who feel more confident in dressy clothes than in comfortable clothes, 74 percent prefer bacon on breakfast sandwiches.”  From correlated.com.

In honor of this ever-popular, delicious food, I’ve collected 101 ways to cook it, use it, eat it and celebrate it. This was done purely out of love–for you, and for bacon. To help you navigate the list, it’s broken into categories. However, categories or not, I urge you to start from the top and enjoy all the way to the bottom!

 

How to Cook Bacon

The first rule of bacon is knowing how to cook it. You’re no longer limited to the ol’ frying pan when it comes to cooking bacon. My personal favorite method is to bake it in the oven, but you can’t go wrong with any of these options.

1. How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

2. How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave

3. How to Cook Bacon in a Waffle Iron (and 13 other ways)

Waffle Iron Bacon

4. How to Batch Cook and Freeze Bacon

5. How to Make Heart Bacon

 

Breakfast Dishes

Ok, ok, I couldn’t help but include some breakfast recipes. But these aren’t your typical bacon and eggs dishes. These take bacon for breakfast to the next level.

6. Bacon Pancake Dippers

7. Maple Bacon Pancakes

Maple Bacon Pancakes

8. Bacon Stuffed Waffle

9. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Quesadilla

10. Nutella and Bacon Stuffed French Toast

Bacon Stuffed French Toast

11. Apple Bacon Breakfast Burrito

 

Main Dishes

Bacon, it’s what’s for dinner. These dishes are sure crowd pleasers, and offer some new ways to highlight the flavors of bacon in your main course.

12. Spicy Maple-Bacon Drumsticks

Spicy Maple-Bacon Drumsticks

13. Macaroni and Cheese Pie with Bacon Lattice

14. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken

15. Bacon Weave BLT (video)

16. Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatballs

17. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

18. BBQ Onion Meatball Balls

19. Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken Sandwich

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken Sandwich

20. Bacon Explosion

21. Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Brats

22. Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

23. Feta Chicken Breasts

24. Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese (video)

25. Bacon Wrapped Turkey with Chipotle and Orange Rub

26. Bacon Pretzel Grilled Cheese

27. Donut Bacon Cheeseburger

Donut Bacon Cheeseburger

28. Bacon Mac and Cheese Taco

 

Side Dishes and snacks

If it’s a snack or side dish you’re looking for, then bacon is the answer. After all, what pairs better with a bacon main course than more bacon?

29. Cheese and Bacon Muffins

30. Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

31. Wrapped Bacon Breadsticks

32. Bacon Granola

Bacon Granola

33. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

34. Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob

35. Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

36. Coca-Cola Soaked Bacon

37. Bacon and Brussels Sprout Spears

38. Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods

39. Bacon and Guacamole Fat Bombs

Bacon and Guacamole Fat Bombs

40. Bacon Cream Cheese Bites

41. Bacon Ranch Pepper Jack Pull Apart Bread

42. Bacon Wrapped Avocados

43. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

44. Bourbon Bacon Jam

45. Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

46. Candied Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple with Honey-Sriracha Sauce

47. Candied Bacon Baked Brie

48. Bacon Wrapped Cheese Fries

49. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

50. Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

51. Easy Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Pull-Aparts

52. Bacon on a Stick

53. Maple Bacon Bourbon Popcorn

54. Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

55. Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twist

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twist

56. Campfire Bacon

57. Bacon Mozzarella Sticks

HINT: These would be amazing using these tasty mozzarella sticks from Farm Rich Snacks

58. Bacon Potato Skewers

59. Chicken Bacon Ranch Bombs

60. Deep Fried Doritos Crusted Bacon

61. Baked Beans in a Bacon Cup

Baked Beans in a Bacon Cup

62. Bacon Wrapped Parmesan Cracker Bites

63. BBQ Volcano Potatoes

64. Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies

65. Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

 Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

66. Easy Glazed Bacon Crackers

67. Bacon Wrapped Dates

68. Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks

69. Crispy Deep Fried Bacon

 

Desserts

Bacon has a sweet and savory quality to it that makes it a perfect choice to use in desserts. These unusual pairings will have everyone asking for more.

70. Candied Maple Bacon Donut

71. Bacon Cannoli

Bacon Cannoli

72. Bacon Doughnuts

73. Maple Bacon Fudge

74. Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich

Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich

75. Sweet Bacon Monkey Bread

76. Vosges Mo’s Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar

77. Bacon Toffee

78. Bacon Pralines

79. Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

80. Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing

 Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing

81. Pancakes ‘n’ Bacon Cookies

82. Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

83. Bacon and Whiskey Caramel Marshmallow Toffee

84. Beer Candied Bacon Strips

85. Maple Glazed Bacon Skewers with Chocolate

86. Maple Bacon Mini Cheesecakes

Maple Bacon Mini Cheesecakes

87. Maple Bacon Donuts

88. Bacon Weave Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes with Bacon Compote

89. Sweet Bacon Monkey Bread

90. Bacon Crack

 Bacon Crack

 

Drinks

This just goes to show that bacon really does go with everything.

91. Peppered Bacon Bloody Mary

Peppered Bacon Bloody Mary

92. Maple Bacon Old Fashioned Cocktail

93. Chocolate Bacon Shot Glasses

Chocolate Bacon Shot Glasses

 

Bacon Things

Whether you’re looking for home decor, fashion, or a gift for the bacon lover in your life, here are a few fun bacon finds.

94. There is No “We” in Bacon Printable

There is No "We" in Bacon Printable

95. Don’t Go Bacon My Heart Mug . . . I Couldn’t if I Fried.

96. Baconnaise

97. Bacon Tape

98. J&D’s Bacon Salt

99. Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies – Bacon and Eggs Scarf Pattern

Bacon and Eggs Scarf

 

Vegetarian Options

For any vegetarians out there, please accept my condolences, and this recipe for something akin to bacon.

100. Tofu Bacon

 

Dog Treats

Even dogs love bacon, and now you can feel good about feeding it to them.

101. Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treats

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The Ultimate Golden Globes Party Guide

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You say “Golden Globes” and all I hear is “party.” I love any excuse to get people together, have fun, and of course, eat!

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite ideas to throw the Golden Globes get-together of your dreams—everything from food and decor to games and favors. And if you haven’t been dreaming for weeks about a Golden Globes party, not to worry, because these ideas are so simple you can pull them together with time to spare for the big bash.

Food

It’s no surprise that the food is where my heart is. A few of my favorites are Chicken Meatballs with Cumin and Orange, Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts, and Moroccan Shrimp with Pomegranate Sauce.

Chicken Meatballs with Cumin and Orange Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts Shrimp with Pomegranate Sauce

For an easy treat, try dipping the tops of donuts in a simple icing, and then adding gold sugar or sparkles.

Glittering-gold-donutsUse store-bought glazed donuts (easy!), mix together some confectioners’ sugar and milk to make a thin glaze (also easy), and dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze then into gold sprinkles.

Cocktails

If you’re looking for some signature drinks to spice up the evening, look no further than the Golden Night Cocktail from Salt & Wind or a Sparkling Golden Globes Cocktail. 

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Golden Globes Cocktail

 

Or if you don’t want to mix up a cocktail, a little champagne, sparkling wine or cider is just as chic in a golden sparkled rimmed glass. Sparkle Rimmed Glass

Red Carpet

The entrance sets the tone for the entire party, so why not wow your guests and welcome them in style? I love the idea of doing a red carpet. If you don’t have an actual red carpet, you can use a roll of red paper, fabric, or a long red plastic tablecloth. You can even go a more simple route and just decorate your entrance with gold stars and helium balloons. I love the look of this entrance Red Tricycle did for a Netflix viewing party.

RedTri.com Red Carpet

Photo Booth

The paparazzi may not be hanging out around your house, but if you give your guests a selfie stick, you can pretend like they are. If you still have gold or silver Christmas wrapping paper and New Years photo booth props laying around the house, then you’re halfway to the finish line on this one. Put the wrapping paper on the wall and set out the props and selfie stick. It’s as simple as that. Trust me, your guests will have no problem taking it from there.

If you really want to take your photo booth to the next level, try this sequined backdrop from Oh Happy Day.

Sequined Photo Booth Backdrop

Ballots

And the Golden Globe award goes to . . . anyone you choose. Have everyone cast their votes on these fun printable ballots, then see who gets the most answers correct.

2016 Golden Globes Ballot

Golden Globes Bingo

What’s a party without a little friendly competition? I’ve created this bingo board (you can download it here) to track the funny and noteworthy moments of the night. You’ll be hoping a winner takes a selfie, someone says it’s the “end of an era,” or a speech gets cut off by music. With four different cards, the competition will be stiff as you each race to mark off five in a row. You have to be on your toes though, or you might just miss your chance to mark off a celeb looking bored.

Golden Globes Bingo

Download the Tara Teaspoon GG Bingo Boards PDF

Party Favors

Not everyone nominated at the Golden Globes takes home a statue, but at my parties I like everyone to leave with a little something. These balloon “statues” are a fun take away for your guests. You can use mini statues like the ones below from Studio DIY, or you can make a simpler version. Personally, I like to wrap candy bars in paper (the fancier, the better) and label them with different “awards” like best dressed, most selfies, prettiest mani, etc. Tie a helium balloon to each candy bar, and you’ve got a fun gift in the spirit of the event.

DIY-Oscar-Party-Balloon-Awards

 

If you missed it, here is the video of me running through all these tips on the Today Show.

Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts

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Golden mixed nuts might be my new favorite party food. Gold makes everything a little more fantastic! I am loving all the edible gold food adornments, sprinkles, dusts and sprays that you can find now. Snacks for my Golden Globes viewing party just got…well…more gold!

Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts
I wanted something easy, mostly store-bought to go with some of the other treats, snacks and drinks I am preparing. But I wanted it to be special. I’m very supportive of mixing store-bought prepared foods with things you may have made, or semi-made! Tricks like that let you enjoy the party instead of being completely exhausted from prep.

Snacks
Mixed nuts are just the thing. You can add little bowls all over the room and on your buffet table so people can snack and mingle. But it is the Golden Globes! It must be just a bit fancier than a can of mixed nuts.

So…I took a can of mixed nuts and seasoned them with a little garlic, rosemary and pepper. Delicious. To make them gold, I sprayed a few with edible gold spray, which you can find in your area or here.

color mist-food spray

nuts

I’ve sprayed nuts to go on top of cookies before, so getting to that place of spraying nuts with gold, wasn’t a stretch. I love them all shimmery and metallic mixed into a simple bowl. And with simple seasonings the flavor is elevated to celebrity status. Ready for the red carpet!

sprayed nuts seasonings Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts

Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 cups

Golden Rosemary Garlic Mixed Nuts

Make these for a fancy party or special gathering. Edible gold spray makes for metallic shimmers in the bowl of savory mixed nuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fancy mixed nuts
  • 1 can edible gold food spray
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • crushed pepper

Instructions

  1. Spread ¼ cup of the nuts on a sheet of parchment. Spray with gold food spray and let dry a few minutes. Turn nuts over and spray so each nut is completely covered. Let dry.
  2. Chop 1 sprig of rosemary and leave the others intact. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the oil, garlic powder, cayenne, chopped rosemary, rosemary sprigs and pepper for 10 to 15 seconds to heat the oil. Toss the remaining mixed nuts with the oil mixture to coat.
  3. Transfer nuts to a serving bowl with the gold painted nuts mixed in and on top.
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