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Citrus Sunshine Salsa

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Citrus Sunshine Salsa
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 8
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Citrus Sunshine Salsa

Oh, look at that! Spring just landed in your mouth.


red bell pepper, diced
pineapple, diced
kiwis, skins removed and diced
fennel bulb, sliced in half, core removed and diced
star fruits, sliced thinly
lime (for the juice)
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
cup cilantro, chopped
pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  • 1 Once all of your fruits and veggies are diced, combine them in a large bowl.
  • 2 For the dressing, squeeze the lime juice into a smaller bowl. Add the chopped cilantro and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk the oil in, creating the dressing.
  • 3 Toss the salsa with the dressing and serve in mini cups with crackers, or even on top of grilled fish or chicken.
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Citrus Sunshine Salsa

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

I'll just be honest. Spring needs to get here before I lose the last of my 4 marbles.

I'm ready for tank tops. I'm ready for gardening. I'm ready for white wine on patios. And I'm ready to go “dancing in the streets” like Martha and her Vandellas so fervently request.

And salsa. Ohhhh. I am so ready for 35 buckets of salsa to fall into my face on an hourly basis. Citrus Sunshine Salsa, to be exact.

Just you wait, Henry Higgins. (name that movie)This ain't ya regular run of the mill tomato-based salsa. This salsa has major crunch, has mega citrus zing, has 14 thousand colors in it, and pretty much defines the phrase "PIZAZZ BABY BABY", if I say so myself.

Serve it in cups, with crackers, on top of grilled fish or chicken, or straight up with a shovel.

Let's do this!

Grab a red bell pepper, a pineapple, some kiwis, star fruits, a fennel bulb (I know!) a lime and some cee-lawn-tro.

citrus sunshine salsa ingredients

Dice up your red bells like normal.


diced bell peppers

And your pineapple too. If you want to save some time, buy it already diced!


diced pineapple

Remove the skins from your kiwis. Here's a cool video I found from on how to remove the fuzzy skins!

Now, finely dice them.

diced kiwi

Grab your fennel and cut off the fronds. I like that word. Fronds.

fennel bulb

Slice it in half, like so...

sliced fennel

You see that little tough core thingy? Cut that out with a small paring knife. Like this.

cored fennel

Slice it thinly, like dees…

thin fennel slices

Finely dice it, like dees...

diced fennel

Slice up your star fruit. Taste one. ISN'T THAT CRAZY?

sliced starfish

Now, in a small bowl, combine your dressing ingredients.

salsa dressing ingredients

Whisk, whisk, whisk! This picture is blurry on purpose. I'm whisking. Which makes it blurry. Know what I mean, Vern?

whisking salsa dressing

Dump all the diced veggies and fruits into a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Look at all that color! Just throw an eggplant in for some purple. Ew, don't do that.

salsa fruits and veggies

And serve in small appetizer cups.

salsa cups

Seriously, some mega mama flavor right there.

citrus sunshine salsa close up

Now, about that shovel….

*Bev asks that if you do end up using a shovel, please clean it first. I probably still has fertilizer or mulch bits on it. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

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