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Apple and Avocado Salsa

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Creamy avocado and sharp apple are combined with spicy chillies and a sweet dressing for the ultimate Mexican-inspired salsa.

Written By Brad Archer


It might not be a combination you would normally put together, but the creaminess of avocado works perfectly with the sharpness of the apple. I’ve then paired it with plenty of chilli, onion and coriander along with a sweet dressing for the ultimate salsa recipe.

Close up of apple and avocado salsa dressed with green chillies and coriander

I like to keep my salsa nice and chunky. I like to see each individual ingredient. You can probably see that in the photo above. If, however, you prefer things a little smaller then feel free to dice it up smaller. I do find the avocado can get a bit mushed if you cut it too small.

What’s In Apple and Avocado Salsa?

It’s not just apple and avocado you’ll need for my salsa recipe. You’ll need a few more ingredients (most you’ll have in the cupboard) to turn it into the ultimate salsa.

  • 1 Large Apple: You’ll need to core and dice it up. I like to use a sharp variety like a Granny Smith for this as it contrasts nicely with the avocado.
  • 1 Avocado: Try to use equal quantities of avocado to apple.
  • 1 Small Red Onion: You don’t want to overpower things with too much onion so a small red onion is ample.
  • 1 Jalapeño: Although optional, I recommend adding some chilli to give this a little heat.
  • Handful of Fresh Coriander: Coriander adds a slightly fresh note to the salsa and gives it that Mexican-inspired flavour.
  • 2 Limes: I only use the juice but you could use the zest too. This gives the salsa a nice tang.
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil: Olive oil will help turn the lime juice into a dressing.
  • 1tsp Honey: This salsa has a lot of creaminess, sharpness and spice. A touch of honey balances this all out.

How to Make Apple and Avocado

Step 1: Begin by preparing your ingredients. For the apple, after coring, dice it into even pieces to ensure a consistent bite. For the avocado, ensure it’s ripe but firm, and dice it similarly to the apple size.

Chopping avocado on a wooden chopping board

Step 2: Move on to the small red onion, ensuring it’s finely diced to provide a burst of flavour without overpowering the salsa. If using a jalapeño, you can adjust the heat level by retaining or removing the seeds. Finely chop it.

Step 3: Roughly chop the fresh coriander, ensuring you wash and pat it dry beforehand to retain its vibrant green colour and flavour.

Step 4: In your mixing bowl, combine the apple, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, and coriander. Gently mix to prevent the avocado from mashing.

Diced avocado and apple in a glass bowl

Step 5: In another bowl, make your dressing. Start by whisking together the lime juice, olive oil, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stirring a dressing of lime juice and oilive oil in a glass dish

Step 6: Drizzle your dressing over the salsa mix. Use gentle folding to ensure every piece gets coated without breaking the delicate ingredients.

Mixig apple and avocado with a dressing in a glass bowl

Step 7: Taste the salsa. Depending on your preference, you might want to add more lime juice for tanginess, salt for flavour enhancement, or pepper for a slight kick.

Substitutes and Tweaks

If you find the red onion to be a little too punch, use spring onions for a milder flavour.

Coriander can be a little divisive. If you’re not a fan, use a combination of parsley and mint instead.

Instead of honey, try using maple syrup or agave syrup to add a different form of sweetness.

Add a couple of finely diced cherry tomatoes to add a little more freshness to this salsa.

How to Store Apple and Avocado Salsa

If you’ve made more salsa than you’re going to eat then you can keep it in the fridge or the freezer.

How Do You Store Apple and Avocado Salsa in the Fridge?

To store apple and avocado salsa in the fridge, place it in an airtight container. To preserve the avocado’s freshness and prevent browning, you can add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice over the salsa before sealing the container.

How Long Does Apple and Avocado Salsa Last in the Fridge?

Apple and avocado salsa can typically be stored in the fridge for up to two days while maintaining optimal freshness and flavour. Beyond this, it may start to lose its quality, especially the avocado which might brown.

How Do You Freeze Apple and Avocado Salsa?

Spread it in a thin, even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the pieces into a freezer-safe bag or container, removing as much air as possible. This method helps preserve texture and prevents clumping.

How Do You Defrost Apple and Avocado Salsa?

To thaw frozen apple and avocado salsa, transfer it from the freezer to the fridge and let it thaw overnight. Avoid thawing at room temperature as it can affect the texture and freshness, especially of the avocado. For a quicker thaw, you can place the sealed container in cold water.

Apple and Avocado Salsa Recipe

Apple and Avocado Salsa Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Course: SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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This is a creamy avocado and apple salsa, inspired by the food of Mexico


  • 1 1 Large Apple, Cored and Diced

  • 1 1 Avocado, Diced

  • 1 1 Small Red Onion, Finely Diced

  • 1 1 Jalapeño, Finely Chopped

  • Handful of Fresh Coriander

  • 2 2 Limes, Juice Only

  • 2 tbsp 2 Olive Oil

  • 1 tsp 1 Honey

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the diced apple, diced avocado, finely chopped red onion, finely chopped jalapeño (if using), and roughly chopped coriander.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the salsa ingredients and gently toss everything together until well mixed and the apple and avocado pieces are well coated with the dressing.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt, pepper, or lime juice as desired.
    Serve the salsa immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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