Plum Salsa

A bowl of fruit salsa on top of a wooden table, with Plums

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Plum Salsa is delicious with chips, or with chicken, fish, pork, grilled veggies, or steaks. I love being able to use seasonal, local produce in new ways and this salsa is a delicious way to use fresh plums.

Plum Salsa with chips

Summer Fruit in Savory Dishes

We have such a bounty of summer fruit that I am always thinking up tasty new ways to use it. I like to think outside of the dessert box and try fruit in some savory dishes, like Peach Whisky Chicken Kebabs, or Balsamic Cherry Feta Prosciutto Pizza.

A bowl of fruit salsa


Plums in a Salsa?

Usually, we think of salsa as a tomato-based, spicy condiment, so you may be thinking that using plums to make salsa a bit strange. However, salsa is simply the Spanish word for any sauce.

Typically, salsa is a fresh, raw condiment with at least a little bit of heat. This plum salsa has all of that and the plums add a touch of sweetness to balance out the heat of the peppers.

Fresh Plum Salsa with Lime

What Kinds of Plums to Use for Salsa

There are many varieties of plums, and absolutely any of them will work for making plum salsa. I used red plums here. Just be sure to avoid overly ripe plums, or they will not hold their shape when chopped. Your plums can even be slightly under-ripe for making salsa.

Fresh Plum Salsa with Lime & Cucumber


Salsa Heat Control

The level of spicy heat in your salsa is all about the type, and amount, of chile pepper, used. I used 2 jalapeno peppers, and you can dial back the heat by using only one or try the milder poblano or Anaheim peppers.

However, what if you want to go the other way and dial it up? Try adding one or more extra jalapenos, or substitute a hotter pepper, like cayenne or serrano. I wouldn’t go too crazy with the heat though. Plum salsa is meant to complement the food, not overpower it.

Because a lot of the heat of the pepper is in the white pith, and in the seeds, when you remove those, you have more control over the heat level.

Here’s a guide to the heat levels of the most common chiles: Types of Hot Peppers.

Plum Salsa with Tortilla Chips

What to Eat With Plum Salsa

Serve this salsa with tortilla chips, or try it with chicken, fish, or pork. And, if you need more ideas to use summer plums, check out Grilled Plum and Pork KebabsAsian Plum Sauce or Spiced Plum Jam With Cardamom and Cinnamon

A bowl of salsa, with Tortilla chip


A bowl of fruit salsa on top of a wooden table, with Plums

Plum Salsa

Plum Salsa is spicy, sweet, tangy and crunchy, It's perfect with grilled fish, chicken, or pork, or just for dipping chips.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Sauces, Dips & Toppings
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 37 kcal


  • 2 plums chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small cucumber chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 2 tbsp cilantro or parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt Kosher of Sea Salt


  • Toss all ingredients together in a bowl
  • Refrigerate for an hour before serving,


Plum Salsa will be better if kept in the fridge for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavours to meld.
If you use an English cucumber, there is no need to peel it, but they are fairly long, so I used just a half long English cucumber.
Toss before serving.


Serving: 5gCalories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 293mgPotassium: 211mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 268IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fresh salsa, gluten free, grapefruit, plum recipes, plums
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A bowl of fruit salsa with a wooden spoon

10 thoughts on “Plum Salsa

  1. I’ve always loved summer salsas made with stone fruit, and this one looks extra special. I would love it with grilled chicken. 🙂

  2. That’s a first for me, but just thinking about it the flavor combination seems delicious! Definitely need to try this

  3. I have never tried plum salsa, but it sounds so summery and delicious! The recipe is a keeper as a beautiful alternative one to the traditional salsa recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I never had plum salsa! Looks and sounds so delicious and refreshing – perfect for the summer, I have to try this recipe soon!

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