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Citrus Salsa

Citrus Salsa

Delicious winter/spring salsa that will keep you returning to the salsa bowl! 30 min, Ages 5+

4 cups peeled & finely chopped citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, mandarins)

½ cup finely chopped onion

¾ cup loosely packed chopped cilantro (small stems ok)

3 cloves minced garlic

1 jalapeno, finely chopped (or a couple dashes of cayenne if you don’t have a jalapeno)

½ cup lemon juice (roughly 2 lemons)

1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve with corn tortilla chips. Yum! 


This is a delicious winter/spring treat, just when our family is missing the fresh salsas of summer! When home-grown tomatoes are a distant memory we rely on citrus fruit for the base of our salsa, and the results are so yummy that everyone congregates around the salsa bowl. When making this recipe with a small number of kids, especially younger kids, I delegate kid-friendly tasks such as pulling cilantro leaves off the stems, juicing lemons, and stirring, while I do the more difficult tasks such as chopping jalapeno and peeling fruit; with a larger group of kids, ages 7 & up, groups or partners can be assigned an ingredient to prepare (one group peels and chops the fruit; one group peels and chops garlic; etc.) and then each group can bring their ingredient to the salsa bowl, stir it up, and enjoy it together.  This salsa is so flavorful and perfect with corn tortilla chips. A bit of winter sunshine!

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