Apple Salsa

Apple Salsa

The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Resting: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 48 servings
Yield: 3 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
15 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48
Amount per serving
Calories 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 43mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This salsa features fruity, sweet, and tart apples and plums in a fresh and fragrant lemon sauce. It combines sweet and crisp Gala apples with crunchy and tart Granny Smiths. Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold also work well instead of the Gala. If you can't find Granny Smiths or want to explore other slightly tarter varieties, reach for Braeburn, Pink Lady, or McIntosh.

It is great as a condiment for cinnamon-spiced pita crisps, on peanut butter and crackers, over greens, as part of cheese or charcuterie boards. It offers a bright, sweet, and acidic counterpart to anything it's paired with—try it as an accompaniment to roast dinners such as pork or chicken.


  • 2 tablespoons lemon marmalade

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 medium sweet apple, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 medium tart apple, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 2 ripe but firm black plums, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh mint

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Apple Salsa ingredients

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  2. In a small pot, combine the lemon marmalade with 2 tablespoons of water over medium heat, and cook about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often till the marmalade dissolves and a light syrup forms.

    lemon marmalade and water in a saucepan

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  3. Pour the lemon marmalade syrup into a large bowl and let cool.

    Pour the lemon marmalade syrup into a large bowl

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  4. Once cold, about 5 to 10 minutes, add lemon juice, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Stir well.

    lemon juice, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt added to the mixture in the bowl

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  5. Add apples and plums to the lemon mix and stir well so the pieces of fruit are coated in the lemon sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    apples added to the seasoning mixture in the bowl

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  6. When ready to serve, add chopped mint and stir through.

    Apple Salsa in a bowl

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  • This recipe can take on more savory notes. Swap the brown sugar for white, add diced cucumbers, jalapeños, and pickled red onions to the mix.
  • Craving crunch? Add some of your favorite nuts, raw or toasted. Pecans, cashews, walnuts would all pair wonderfully with this salsa.
  • To spice things up, feel free to swap out the ground cinnamon with your favorite sweet blends: apple spice, pumpkin spice, and Chinese five-spice are some of many options.
  • You can use apple jelly, apricot jam, ginger jam, orange marmalade, or any of your favorite preserves in place of the lemon marmalade.
  • Use fresh apple cider instead of lemon juice or make it boozy with a dash of Calvados or apple brandy.
  • Swap out the mint for basil, lemon balm, finely chopped fresh rosemary, or thyme.

How to Store Apple Salsa

The salsa can be stored for up to three days, covered.