We're suckers for a good dip, and this fruit salsa is our latest obsession! Wow a crowd or serve it to the fam for your next Taco Tuesday. Either way, we know you're gonna love this easy recipe!

a bowl of fruit salsa, fro Shelf Cooking

If you have a ton of leftover tortilla chips on your hands, then this recipe will help you solve that problem! We do need to warn you: once you start eating this fruit salsa, you won't want to stop.

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Before we get started, take a quick peek in the fridge and round up all the fruit you need to use. This recipe is perfect for shelf cooking, so go ahead and rescue that produce before it goes bad! Who's ready to make fruit salsa?!


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When we challenged you to go on a rescue mission and save all your fresh produce, we weren't kidding! There's no wrong way to make fruit salsa, so don't be afraid to toss in some extras. Here are a few ideas we love:

  • Basil
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Mint
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lime/Lemon Juice
  • Jalapenos
  • Diced Red Pepper

If you're giving us a funny look for suggesting those last two spicy additions, don't knock it until you try it! Sweet + savory = ah-mazing. Now, wanna talk about recipe modifications really quick?


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If you're missing a fruit or two from our ingredient list, do not panic! Just about any fruit on the planet can work in fruit salsa, but if you're looking for a few ideas, try these recipe swaps:

  • Other Fruits to Try – If you're missing any of the fruits on our list, toss in something else you have available. We suggest diced pineapple, watermelon, pears, apples, or peach. No raspberries? Toss in some blackberries or blueberries.
  • Brown Sugar Substitute – All out of brown sugar? Hey, it happens! That's why we have a whole post devoted to brown sugar substitutes.
  • Strawberry Fruit Preserves Substitute – We usually use strawberry jam because we always have some in the freezer, but any flavor will do!
  • White Sugar Substitute – It's happened to all of us! You could always ask your neighbor to borrow a cup, or you can sub in some honey to add a little sweetness.

See? Making this recipe your own is a piece of cake. Fruit salsa is a shelf cooking dream, you guys! And, like any shelf cooking staple, the leftovers are just as good, so let's chat about that for a few.


tacos topped with leftover fruit salsa, from Shelf Cooking

Doubling or tripling this recipe to save some for later? We approve! You can freeze some in an airtight container and use it within two months. Be sure to leave some room at the top, since the liquid will expand! Just thaw overnight in the fridge before you start snacking.

Want to use those leftovers another way? Try one of these:

  • Fruit Pizza – Does anyone else remember stacking their plate high with fruit pizza at that iconic 90s buffet?! Make your own at home. It's even better! Grab the crust of your choice, bake it, then spread a thin layer of cream cheese on top, followed by the fruit salsa.
  • Taco Topping – Sure, this salsa was made for dipping, but it makes a great taco topping, too. This salsa is especially yummy on top of a fish or shrimp taco!
  • Toss it in a Salad – Mix some of your leftover salsa into a pile of mixed greens and add a little cheese if you have it.
  • Top Your Waffles or Pancakes – Take your Saturday morning breakfast up a notch!
  • Serve it Over Chicken – Grill or bake some chicken breasts and top them with your fruit salsa for a nice burst of juicy flavor. Yum!

Well, now that you're probably starving (same), let's get to that recipe, eh? Here we go, you guys!


This fruit salsa is probably the easiest thing you'll make this week, but that doesn't make it any less delicious! Serve this salsa with tortilla chips or graham crackers, or gobble it up by the spoonful. Who are we to judge?!

a bowl of fruit salsa, fro Shelf Cooking

Easy Fruit Salsa

You don't need a single tomato for this batch of sweet salsa. Serve it as an appetizer or a healthy(ish) snack!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 mangoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp strawberry preserves
  • ½ sweet onion, diced optional


  • Wash, peel, and dice fruit.
  • Add fruit to a large mixing bowl, and stir in the sugar and preserves. Mix thoroughly, then cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite chip or cracker and enjoy!


Pro Tip: This salsa tastes incredible with sweet potato tortilla chips! Buy them, or make your own sweet potato chips in the oven. Just thinly slice a sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil, and bake at 400˚F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
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How GOOD does that sound? If graham crackers, sweet potato chips, or tortilla chips just aren't your thing, make a quick batch of cinnamon sugar chips! This recipe from Dinner then Dessert is so simple.

We bet you'll want to make this salsa again and again, and we don't blame you! It's our favorite way to use up fruit before it goes bad.

How about you? What's your favorite kind of salsa? Let us know in the comments! And let's keep in touch. Be sure to like our Shelf Cooking Facebook page for daily tips, tricks, and recipes!

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