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Fresh Fig Salsa Recipe


Fresh Fig Salsa Recipe
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When figs are in season — early summer to fall — they're plentiful in markets. This recipe using fresh figs, Serrano chili pepper, red onion and lemon is sweet and spicy, and is great with grilled meat, poultry or fish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 cup


  • 3 to 4 ripe fresh figs
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ Serrano chili pepper
  • ½ lemon, juice and zest, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Soak the red onion in ice-cold water, while you chop the figs. The ice-water cuts the sharp, and sometimes bitter, bite of the onion.
  2. Carefully hand-chop the figs into 1/2-inch dice. The ripest and juiciest figs are fragile and can easily squish, so use a sharp knife when cutting.

  3. Remove the seeds and ribs from the Serrano chili pepper, and finely mince. (You can add the seeds if you want a spicier salsa.)
  4. Drain the red onion, pat dry with paper towels, then add it with all ingredients, except for the lemon zest, in a mixing bowl, and gently combine.

  5. Sprinkle the lemon zest on top. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the salsa marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes. When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap, and gently toss the salsa again.
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