Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

I forget about fruit salsas, which is kind of funny considering a) how much I like them and b) how many recipes I’ve written for them over the years.  But the nice thing about forgetting about a food you love is that you get to rediscover it over and over again.

If this sounds to you like someone justifying a premature senior moment, you are correct.

Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Yes, serve this with chips (pita chips, tortilla chips, whatever chips you like), but also serve it on top of or alongside grilled chicken, pork, steak or fish (or chicken, pork, steak or fish cooked any which way).  Because of the pears and pomegranates this feels like a fall salsa…and I’m definitely picturing it served along a pork loin for a nice autumnal feast.

This inspired fruit salsa is great with pita chips or paired up with your favorite cooked meats. Bright and citrusy and sweet and herby.

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Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

If you don’t feel like buying pomegranate seeds, the salsa will still be delicious without them.  And if a Meyer lemon isn’t available, use 1 tablespoon each of fresh orange juice and fresh lemon juice – you will get a similar sweet and sour flavor.

Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Hatch chili peppers have a kind of cult following.  Named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico, authentic Hatch Chiles are beloved by chefs and chili pepper fanatics.  They have a meaty flesh and mild-medium heat  – you are all good using a jalapeno instead, however.

Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

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Spicy Pear and Cilantro Salsa

Bright and citrusy and sweet and herby.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe but firm pears diced
  • ½ red onion finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced seeded Hatch or other hot pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 Meyer lemon or 1 tablespoon each fresh orange and lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl gently combine the pears, onions, pomegranate seeds, hot peppers, cilantro, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Serve with chips.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 63.55kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.49g | Protein: 0.63g | Fat: 0.24g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 1.8mg | Potassium: 150.31mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 10.44g | Vitamin A: 62.67IU | Vitamin C: 10.06mg | Calcium: 11.17mg | Iron: 0.16mg

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