Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Ah, summer… wildflowers blooming; picnics with loved ones; hot days in the garden; cool evenings in the yard.  If you’re like me, one of the best parts of summer is all of the sweet, juicy fresh fruit.  This recipe takes all of your favorite summer fruits and combines them all in a bright, fresh salsa.  What I love about this recipe is that you can use your favorite fruits; as long as you have pineapple or some kind of citrus juice to keep the lighter fruits from browning, there are no other rules.  Here, I’ve used pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, apple, and banana.  Other fantastic options are mango, kiwi, blackberries, peaches… the options are only limited to your tastes and what you have available.  Crispy, homemade cinnamon chips make the perfect utensil for this sweet twist on a savory classic.

The measurements below don’t need to be exact. Make as much or as little as you like; these are what I used for this batch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the chips:

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 2 T. melted butter
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 2T. sugar

For the salsa:

  • 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple (if you prefer fresh, add as much of the juice from the pineapple as you can, or a couple teaspoons of lemon or orange juice.)
  • 1 tart apple (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 c. raspberries
  • 2 c. strawberries

First, make the chips.  Preheat the oven to 375.  Cut the tortillas into triangles or strips with a pizza cutter or sharp knife and brush the tops with melted butter.  Mix together your cinnamon and sugar and generously sprinkle it over the buttered tops. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crispy.

While the chips are baking, prepare the salsa.  First, add the pineapple with juice into a bowl.  Finely dice (about ¼-inch cubes) the apple, banana, and strawberries, stirring them into the pineapple as you go.  You can then add the raspberries whole (they will break up some in the salsa) or, like I did, you can smash them a little with your fingers or the back of your spoon.  Once you’ve combined all the fruits, mix them all together well, and there you have it!  Scoop out a warm chipful of cool summer and enjoy!

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