Pepper in fruit salsa? If you think it sounds odd, just try this colorful blueberry salsa. Blended with blueberries and other fruits, dashes of red and black pepper and just enough heat to kindle a delicious combination.

Serve this lively flavored sauce with ice cream and pound cake, as shown here. Or try it as a side with smoked ham, grilled pork chops, or chicken.

Fresh blueberries are available year-round and are most abundant in midsummer-ready to blend into smoothies, toss into your favorite chicken salad, or sprinkle over lemon meringue or cream pie. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. Studies show that antioxidants may help reduce the buildup of cholesterol that contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke and other age-related diseases.

Fruity Blueberry Salsa

Fruity Blueberry Salsa

4 cups fresh blueberries

1 1/2 cups diced mixed fruit (canteloupe, mango, strawberries, grapes, pineapple and/or kiwi – whatever your fave’s are!)

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, lime juice, lime peel, allspice, red and black pepper, and salt.
  2. Add in all fruit and fold to combine.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered, up to 2 days.

Yield: 5 1/2 cups

Additional Notes:

Sever this over mini shortcakes, pancakes, or by itself!

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