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Sep 10, 2018

Pear Salsa

Asian pears, red onion, Serrano chiles, fresh cilantro, fresh mint leaves, and lime juice combine together to make a delicious and fragrant salsa, excellent for serving with good tortilla chips.

Pear Salsa

This pear salsa is also delicious spooned over fish fillets, such as halibut or salmon.

I used Asian pears in this salsa. They are the pears that look like apples, and often come partially wrapped in a stretchy styrofoam mesh to protect them from bruises. I like them because they are both crunchy and juicy, with a mild flavor.

You can also use Bosc pears, which are also crunchy. For any other type of pear, such as Anjou or Bartlett, use pears that are firm and underripe so they will hold their shape.

Asian Pear Salsa

This recipe has been slightly adapted from the book Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities. Over 700 recipes in 300 pages! This recipe came from the section, Pears +10 Ways. The section is loaded with delicious looking pear salads, including spinach, iceberg, fennel, endive, romaine, arugula, or jicama. There are salads with prosciutto, Stilton, Parmesan, goat cheese, oranges, or ginger. All of the salads look delicious, but this salsa called my name.

I'm spending a year cooking through sections of the book with Wendy of A Day in the Life on The Farm and Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Keep an eye out every Tuesday for our weekly posts. After the recipe, be sure to check out the pear recipes that Wendy and Camilla made.

salsa, pears, appetizers
Appetizers, Salsa
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
pear salsa with chips

Pear Salsa


  • 2 large Asian pears, or 4 underripe Bosc, Anjou, or Bartlett pears, chopped. 
  • 1 small to medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 Serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the pears, onion Serrano chile, cilantro, and mint in a bowl. 
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and sugar, and add it to the bowl. 
  3. Toss the salsa ingredients in the dressing, and season with tiny bit of salt and pepper to taste. 

Asian pears, red onion, Serrano chiles, fresh cilantro, fresh mint leaves, and lime juice

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  1. I completely fumbled the ball on this month's challenge but the end result was delicious. I will have to go back to this section soon though because that salsa is calling my name too.

    1. So many groups, so little time. This salsa was seriously good.

  2. That looks SO fantastic! I can't wait to try this, Karen.


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