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Seasonal Colorado Cherries: Fresh Cherry Salsa Transforms into a Lovely Cantaloupe Gazpacho

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Palisade, Colorado may be famous for their extraordinary peaches, but mid June through July is cherry season on the Western Slope. These sweet luscious cherries are not to be missed! Cherry season is the perfect time to enhance the flavors of many cuisines. As a huge fan of Latin Cuisine, I love the complementary taste of sweet cherries and spicy chilies. Fresh Cherry Salsa “leftovers” easily find new life in a refreshing Cantaloupe Gazpacho.

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Fresh Cherry Salsa

Fresh Cherry Salsa
1 1/2 Cups Fresh Cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Finely Diced Red Onion (or White Onion)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 Serrano Pepper, seeded and diced (more if your want a spicier salsa)
1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Cilantro
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, taste for seasoning, and serve. Fresh Cherry Salsa will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Fresh Cherry Salsa
1/2 Medium Cantaloupe, diced
2/3 cup Fresh Cherry Salsa (reserve 1 Tablespoon for topping if desired)
1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Organic (sulfur dioxide-free) candied Ginger
1/8-1/4 Tsp. Ancho Chili Powder
Freshly Ground Pepper and Salt to Taste

Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Liquify cantaloupe in high speed or regular blender. Pour into a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve immediately. Serves 2. Recipe can be easily doubled.

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