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Fresh Cherry Salsa ~ Try with my Layered Cheese Nachos!

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During the height of the “cherry season” ~ try this wonderful Cherry Salsa that’s tart, spicy with a hint of sweetness. Add to layers of tortilla chips and cheeses for the ultimate, updated NACHOS ~ YUM!

Fresh Cherry Salsa with diced Charred Jalapeño, Tomato, Onion and Basil
Cheese Nachos layered with Fresh Cherry Salsa (see Nacho recipe)
Crispy, Cheesy, Spicy with a touch of Sweetness (see Nacho Recipe)

This recipe combines spicy, sweet, and tart flavors with a definite updated flair.
Who can resist a beautiful crimson-colored, firm and juicy bing cherry in season?
Yes, they’re great for snacking and baking ~ but they are a wonderful addition to savory dishes, and adds lots of pizzazz.

This salsa is quite easy, I cut out the pits easily with a small pairing knife, you can always invest in a cherry pitter if using cherries in large quantities.

Charring the jalapeño is essential, adds a smokey flavor and interest to the salsa (it’s simple, see recipe.)
Tomatoes are happy in this mix, adds a natural “salsa” element, and foils the sweetness of the cherries.

Make a Purée:  
Some of the cherries are cooked with balsamic vinegar, pure cane sugar, filtered water and chipotle powder and then puréed.
This is the key to the salsa – gives body, binds the ingredients, and oh, the gorgeous color! The other ingredients are simply folded in – basil’s the perfect herbal note!

Serve the Salsa:
Wonderful over grilled chicken, skewered shrimp, plant base proteins -or mop up with some good quality tortilla chips.
You have to try: Layered Cheese Nachos with Fresh Cherry Salsa!

Cherries have a healthy side too, one that may actually offer therapeutic benefits to your health, as cherries are rich in antioxidants and many other health-promoting compounds.

Enjoy the first days of Summer!
Karen

Ingredients for the Salsa. Add Rainier Cherries (bottom left, if available)
Cook cherries in balsamic vinegar, sugar, water and a pinch of chipotle powder for some smoky spice – then purée for the base of the salsa
Simply char the jalapeño in a skillet, then slice into rings
Mix ingredients together to finish the Fresh Cherry Salsa
The finished salsa
Layer the cherry salsa with the tortilla chips and cheeses and bake
Fixings for the Layered Cheese Nachos with Fresh Cherry Salsa
Perfect with Grilled Shrimp Skewers!
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