Blueberry and Basil Habanero Salsa

Blueberry and Basil Habanero Salsa

This summer I have had a lot of success in experimenting with fruit and berry salsas like the chipotle cherry salsa and there was one more that I wanted to try, a blueberry salsa with habanero peppers. I had come across the idea of a blueberry salsa from the Kogi food truck and I really liked the sound of it. With weather starting to get a bit cooler I figured that it was the perfect time to try making it while the fresh local blueberries were still in season. Salas recipes seem to kind of write themselves these days; you start with the main ingredient, the blueberries, then add some heat, the habanero, then some onions and garlic and a touch of lime juice to keep things fresh. I also normally add a fresh herb and it is almost always cilantro but this time I wanted to go with some basil as I thought that it would work well with the blueberries. The final touch is to season with salt and pepper and I thought that I would go with an Asian twist and used soy sauce and ginger instead.

The blue berry salsa turned out to be another wildly successful berry salsa! All of the fresh flavours play amazingly well together and you could easily polish off a whole batch with a bag of tortilla chips handy. Of course I had to restrain myself from eating too much as I wanted to use the blueberry salsa in another dish!

Blueberry and Basil Habanero Salsa

A savoury blueberry salsa with the heat of habanero chillies and the summery freshness of basil.

Servings: makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 habanero, seeded (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Puree everything in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Simmer the salsa to remove excess liquid. (Optional: This salsa is great fresh but if you are going to use it in something like tacos you will want to simmer it a bit to remover the excess liquid.)

Use in:
Salmon Bulgogi Tacos with Blueberry Habanero Salsa
Salmon Bulgogi Quesadillas with Blueberry Salsa

Similar Recipes:
Chipotle Cherry Salsa
Strawberry and Avocado Salsa
Mango and Banana Relish
Roasted Habanero Salsa
Salsa Naranja


Jennifer said...

Wow Kevin, this salsa looks and sound deliciously different! YUM! I think I could totally polish off that bag of chips with you!

Gloria said...

mmmm ! look delicious! gloria

Cessyfr said...

How wonderfully creative! Yours is one of my favorite blogs, from among many

Joanne said...

I love fruit and spice together and so this sounds like the perfect way to enjoy them on a hot summer day!

Tasmanian Vegan and Minimalist said...

Can you tell me what chipotle is please ? Is it hot sauce ? Thanks, I love your blog heaps.

Kevin said...

Tasmanian Vegan and Minimalist: For the cherry chipotle salsa I used chipotles in adobo sauce but if you can only get a chipotle hot sauce, that will work as well. For this salsa I used habanero peppers.

girls who like to gorge said...

This looks so awesome! xx

Deb said...

I am so in a rut with traditional salsa, this recipe is a perfect opportunity to try something new. And blueberries are a favorite at our house. Thanks for the inspired post!

dinnerordessert said...

I love all your unique creations but this one goes to the top of my list!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

How inventive! It sounds like a really good combo... I can see myself smothering some pork tenderloin with it...

Helene said...


It would not have cross my mind to make a salsa with blueberry. That is different. Yum!

I sent you a twitter msg. :)

warmvanillasugar said...

Neat! This sounds lovely.

Lisa said...

Just yum! You really do have a way with food. You should be a chef at a top notch restaurant.

ZestyCooks said...

I love unexpected ingredients in traditional recipes like this! I've never tried a berry salsa but I'll bookmark this one. Thanks Kevin.

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anniebakes said...

that looks fabulous, kevin! I love the color of it, anne

Richa said...

i am loving this bluberru habanero salsa! looks like one fun creation.

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Twin Tables said...

Wow! I have heard of blueberry pepper jam but never a sauce like this with berries, peppers and soy! I can't wait to try this one.

Anonymous said...

This salsa was great. I had to add two habanero peppers so that it would have more of a kick. A friend suggested putting this on cream cheese and crackers.

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