Fruit Salsa Recipe (using loquats)

Fruit Salsa Recipe (using loquats)

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Have you ever tasted a loquat? Loquats taste like a mixture of mangos and peaches. Besides pineapple, mangos and peaches are the most often used fruit when making fruit salsa. But sometimes you have to think outside the box. So when I was considering how to use up my hoard of loquats this year, the obvious choice was this Fruit Salsa Recipe. If you don’t have access to loquats, use mangos instead. This spicy and sweet salsa is not only delicious with tortilla chips, but also goes great with seafood, fish, and other grilled meats, like Carne Asada.

loquats in a bowl

Spicy Fruit Salsa

If you stopped by looking for a sweet fruit salsa recipe, I’m sorry to say this is probably not the recipe you were looking for. But hey, while you’re here, let me tell you a little about this spicy and sweet Loquat Fruit Salsa Recipe. The heat in this recipe can be adjusted to suit your preference. If you prefer mild salsas, replace the serrano pepper with bell pepper. For those preferring medium heat, one serrano should be perfect. However, if you’re daring when it comes to spicy food, replace the serrano pepper with a few habaneros instead! I also love the freshness that the mint adds to this salsa recipe. If you love mint, I would even suggest omitting the cilantro altogether and doubling the amount of mint. Green onion or red onion can be used instead of yellow onion. As always, let your taste be your guide!

Loquat Recipe Ideas

I guess if I had been given a bunch of bananas, you might be reading a banana cream pie recipe right now. But alas, as fate would have it, it’s loquats that are currently taking over my kitchen. I’ve had so much fun coming up with various loquat recipes. Loquat Jam was the first recipe I created, and the post continues to be the most popular of this year. Next, I needed a dessert idea; I used the Loquat Jam to make a Loquat Cheesecake. Let me just say, it’s one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever made! It even has a wonderful shortbread crust, using my Cardamom Shortbread Cookies recipe as a guide. This Fruit Salsa recipe was the next recipe I created. I’m already envisioning Loquat Margaritas, Loquat Barbecue Sauce, and Loquat Ice Cream as future loquat recipe ideas!

fruit salsa recipe blue bowl with tortilla chips

Loquats Health Benefits

Loquats have many health benefits. Some of these benefits include boosting your immune system, improving eyesight, helping to reduce inflammation, and reducing the risk of cancer. For more information on this topic, check out this post on the Amazing Health Benefits of Loquats.

Loquat Fruit Salsa Recipe

This is a very easy and straightforward recipe. The most tedious part is prepping the loquats, but since we only need a cup of chopped loquats, it’s really not that big of a deal.

loquat salsa recipe

Directions

  • Remove seeds and flower end of the loquats, then chop. The skin can be left on, or removed.
  • Add loquats to a bowl, then chop and add tomato, onion, serrano, garlic, mint, and cilantro.
  • Mix in lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, and salt.
  • If possible, allow the flavors to develop for a few hours before serving. 
fruit salsa recipe in a jar

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5 from 1 vote
loquat salsa in a blue bowl with tortilla chips
Loquat Fruit Salsa Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Spicy and sweet, the perfect salsa that stands on its own, or dresses up fish, chicken and more!

Course: Appetizer, Condiments
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 pint
Calories: 51 kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped loquats
  • 1 large tomato (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup onion (diced)
  • 1 serrano pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 2 T. mint (chopped)
  • 2 T. cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 T. lime or lemon juice
  • 1 T. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Remove seeds and flower end of the loquats, then chop.

  2. Add loquats to a bowl, then chop and add tomato, onion, serrano, garlic, mint, and cilantro.

  3. Mix in lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, and salt.

  4. If possible, allow the flavors to develop for a few hours before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Loquat Fruit Salsa Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 16g 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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