This grilled cherry salsa recipe goes back all the way to June of 2011.  I read that post, and my late husband was still alive and I had forgotten how much he liked to make me breakfast on the weekends.  I am going to have to recreate his Tony cakes from that post!

The first time I made this salsa, I used rainier cherries, so the look of the salsa looks like regular salsa.  

The rainier cherries haven’t been as good as bing cherries, so I went with those.  I don’t have a cherry pitter, but Jacob had the idea of using a straw to poke through the cherry to remove the pit and it worked!  I just looked like I murdered someone when I was done – my hands were full of cherry juice!  You know what took the cherry stains off my hands?  A magic eraser 😀

I used a veggie skillet that I have for my grill – they are like $10 bucks at Bed Bath & Beyond.  I also always leave the skins on the garlic, it peels right off, don’t worry.  You want to cook everything until it’s charred – I used to get more char on a gas grill because I could control the heat – but my Weber grill did a good job.

Then it’s just a matter of throwing everything into a blender – I added cilantro, salt and after tasting needed more jalapeno and cilantro.

I really love the color of the bing cherries in this salsa.

The perfect bite.  I saved a highlight for this salsa on Instagram if you are on there.  I got at least 100 messages “Biz, where did you find the lime salt?”  I made it!  Just the zest of a lime mixed with a bit of salt – that’s it.  I made those chips with my favorite El Milagro corn tortillas, sprayed with avocado spray and air fried for 5-6 minutes at 400.   Salt them as soon as they come out of the fryer.

If you love salsa, try out my ancho chile salsa roja – so good!

this is grilled cherry salsa on a tortilla chip

Grilled Cherry Salsa

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This grilled cherry salsa is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Perfect for your summer BBQ!


  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 jalapenos
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro


    Grill over hot coals - I used a veggie basket - until charred. About 15-20 minutes, flipping every few minutes.

    Blend all ingredients (start with one jalapeno) in a blender and adjust salt and add second jalapeno if needed.


This recipe is 0 WW points. Delicious over grilled chicken and pork too!

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I am close to greatness on this recipe below for what I am calling is my copycat Popeyes blackened chicken.  I will try again tonight – chicken breasts were on sale so it’s all chicken recipes this week!  Each chicken tender is only 1 smart point – but my seasoning was a bit on the sweet side – I added Splenda brown sugar to my blackening seasoning, but I think what was left in my mix, was just a bit too much.  Promise I’ll post when I get it right!

I forgot to mention that I saw my sister in law over the weekend.  She was in town for her grandsons (my great nephews) high school graduation.  I haven’t seen her since she moved to Florida – great to see you Jody!

Here is her son Bob and his wife Izzy – they moved back to Illinois and live like 50 minutes from me – I need to have them over for a BBQ soon – it’s been too long since we visited (although Izzy and I talk through instagram!) 

And their two kids Maddux:

And Hazel.  She was loving her pasta!

Mom, you’ll be happy to know the attic window has been replaced!  I put $200 down on the window like a month ago, and it’s something I just don’t pay attention to, but when I called to ask what the status was, magically he said my custom sized window magically came in the day before.  Huh.

Now I only have 11 windows to go – whoop!  Baby steps.

I have to give a shout out to a follower named Sandy on Instagram – she sent me a box of goodies, but the star of the box were these printed wooden spoons – how beautiful!! Thank you so much Sandy!  You need to maintain these spoons much like a wooden cutting board – never put in the dishwasher, wash and thoroughly dry and use beeswax or mineral oil to keep them forever.  Love.

Happy Tuesday my friends – make it a great day!