Cherry Salsa

Cherry salsa is a great condiment to have on hand for the holidays. It can be served as a dip, a sandwich spread, or as a side dish for meats.

INGREDIENTS | YIELDS 3 CUPS; SERVING SIZE ¼ CUP

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups pitted tart cherries, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup cherry jam
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender, about 6 minutes.

  2. Add orange juice, salt, pepper, tart cherries, jalapeño, dried cherries, and lemon juice; bring to a simmer.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in cherry jam. Let cool for 30 minutes, then cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Salsa can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Calories: 101.07
Fat: 1.10 grams
Fat as % of calories: 9.8%
Carbohydrates: 22.55 grams
Fiber: 1.27 grams
Sodium: 112.05 mg
Vitamin A : 10% DV
Vitamin C: 10% DV
Calcium: 16.90 mg

Cherries

Cherries have wonderful antioxidant properties. In fact, several studies have shown that they can reduce inflammation just as well as aspirin. This can help arthritis sufferers, but it can also reduce the risk of heart disease for everyone. There are two types of cherries: tart and sweet. Tart cherries are mostly used in pies, while sweet cherries are perfect to eat out of hand.

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