Blackberry-Citrus Salsa Recipe

Blackberry-Citrus Salsa Recipe
Staff Writer

I’ve made this recipe for years, it is so good! I’ve also taught it for years, even at the Culinary Institute of America to chefs there, and it just blew their minds. This salsa is great with grilled shrimp to serve for Cinco de Mayo. Skewer the shrimp, cook it on the grill, and serve with the salsa (you just might need to add more key lime juice to it).


  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime, preferably Mexican/key lime
  • 1 cup white onion, minced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ stemmed yellow/orange chile manzano (black seeds removed) or substitute 1 serrano chile or 1 jalapeño (unseeded), minced
  • 1 cup coarsely mashed blackberries, fresh or thawed frozen
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup or white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea or kosher salt


Place the orange and lime juice in a bowl. Mix in the onion, cilantro and chile. Stir in the blackberries, sweetener, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more minced chile for a spicier salsa. Serve within an hour for best flavor and texture. 

Blackberry Shopping Tip

Sharon Tyler Herbst of The Food Lover's Companion says to “look for plump, deep-colored berries sans hull.”

Blackberry Cooking Tip

Blackberries are best kept in a single layer in the refrigerator and should be used within 1-2 days of purchase.