Monday, October 22, 2012

Apple Salsa

It's fall in California - though if you looked at the temperature, you'd never know it. 

On the east coast, you know it's fall because there's a crispness to the air, the leaves turn colors, and there are apples to be picked. 

Over here on the other side of the continent - the trees are green, the strawberries are red, and apparently there's still apples!!!

Lots of apples. Besides the fuji and granny smiths, there were mutsu, winesap, pippin, and lots of others that I'd never heard of. 

Mr. S and I were invited by our good friends the Timkos to head out to Watsonville and enjoy the fruits of the season. I came home with 10 pounds of various varieties, plus a few bonus veggies. 

I wanted to make something fun with the apples. Go beyond the typical pie.

Since we had decided on fish tacos for dinner - well, salsa was the obvious choice!

Wash up your apple (you know, the one you just picked off the tree this morning), and slice it into small matchsticks. 

Dice up a bit of red onion. Mix it into the apples.

Add as much jalapeno as your heart desires. Mr. S bought a massive jalapeno. It was also really spicy. These few slices were all we needed.

Then some cilantro, salt, and lime juice.  

Use on fish tacos, quesadillas, or any other delicious goodness 

Apple Salsa
Makes about 1 1/2 cups (depending on the size of your apple!)

1 apple
1/4 red onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno, diced
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
salt to taste
juice of 1/2 a lime

Slice the apple into thin matchsticks. Mix with finely diced red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Toss well. Allow to marinate for a half hour or so. Use on fish tacos or whatever else floats your boat.


  1. How do you slice an apple into matchsticks? Just using a really sharp knife that won't stab your fingers? Looks delicious!

    1. Sharp knives are your friends!

      Here's video on the basic cut -

      Good luck!

  2. What a great idea for the apples! The tacos look so fresh and tasty. We settled on making an apple pie... and then we ate the whole thing in one night. Oops! :)
    But those 8 for a dollar avocados were incredible, right?! We thought the pit inside would be huge but they were surprisingly small and left us with a lot of avocado to make guacamole dip. I think we may need to do a bit more research into these fun food market finds around here. There have got to be tons we're missing. The hunt for local fresh produce fun-finds is ON!!