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This easy apple salsa recipe is quick, tasty, and pairs super well with either corn chips, or zucchini chips!
I have a particular penchant for dehydrated zucchini chips. They have been a staple in my fridge for months now and I don’t think that will change any time soon. If you have a dehydrator, I highly recommend it. Just slice and dehydrate! No seasonings required. And if you leave them plain, they tend to go well with salsas like this one.
Apple salsa is not the first thing most folks go for when they think of salsa. But I can tell you that when paired with the right foods, few things can beat it! This would go well as a topping for pork chops or even as a sweet addition to tacos. See more suggestions below.
What Types Of Apples Work Best For Apple Salsa?
The truth is, both sweet and tart apples will work just great in this recipe. So it’s up to you to decide what flavor profile you prefer for this recipe. Sweet apples will give it more of an “apple pie” profile, while tart apples will get it closer to a regular salsa profile. But either way, here are some suggestions:
- Red Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
- Ida Red
Recipe Additions & Substitutions
- Onion – Any color works, but I find that red onion to taste the best.
- Orange peel – A little bit of finely grated zest will go a long way on flavor in this recipe.
- Ginger – Ground ginger is easiest, but fresh, minced ginger will work well too.
- Walnuts – Chop them well if you want to add them.
- Garlic clove – While you can use garlic powder, I find pressed garlic to work the best here.
- Lime juice – You can use this instead of lemon juice to give some variety to the flavor.
About The Ingredients
Apple – You can use sweet or tart apples for this recipe. Both will taste great.
Lemon juice – No sugar added, fresh squeezed is best, but bottled works just as well.
Maple syrup – Use the real stuff. Imitation maple syrup is unhealthy and does not add great flavor.
Ground cinnamon – Make sure it’s just cinnamon. No cinnamon mixes or added sugar.
Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use whatever you normally use for cooking.
Ground black pepper – White pepper will work too.
Jalapeno pepper – While this is optional, it really works well with this recipe. Start with 1 tbsp. and then adjust the amount to the spice level you prefer.
How To Make Apple Salsa
Chop the apple into very small pieces.
Mince the jalapeno pepper.
Transfer both to a mixing bowl.
Add the lemon juice.
Add the maple syrup.
Sprinkle in the cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
Stir to combine everything.
Serve with chips.
How Long Does Apple Salsa Last?
This will last about four days in the fridge. Freezing is not recommended. Store in an air-tight container and serve at room temperature or chilled. If you are concerned about the apples, you can add a little extra lemon juice just to be safe.
What To Eat With This Apple Salsa
- Pork chops
- Roast Chicken
- Tortilla chips
- Zucchini chips
- Baked, whole grain pita chips
- Black bean tostadas
- As a side dish on its own
- Fish tacos
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More Homemade Salsa Recipes
- Watermelon Salsa
- Strawberry Salsa
- Cilantro Salsa
- Fresh Cranberry Salsa
- Blueberry Salsa
- Winter Jicama Salsa
- Salsa Verde
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- 1 Cutting board
- 1 good knife
- 1 medium to large mixing bowl
- 1 medium apple
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. minced jalapeno pepper (optional for spice)
- Chop the apple into very small pieces.
- Mince the jalapeno pepper.
- Transfer both to a mixing bowl.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Add the maple syrup.
- Then add the cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
- Stir to combine everything.
- Serve with chips.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 3/26/20.