There are times when I’m just not sure how my family is going to react to a new recipe, particularly one that involves an unfamiliar ingredient. It’s not that they haven’t eaten and loved tart cherries in dried or juice form. Heck, we use the dried ones in everything from nut mixes to wild rice salads and drink the tart cherry juice straight, or in smoothies and sparklers every single day, year round!
But when my boys saw me pull the bag of frozen tart cherries out of the freezer, they didn’t know what to think. You may know fresh tart cherries as “sour cherries”. Either way, July is harvest time and the fresh tart cherries are at their finest! I figured it was time to introduce my boys to the amazing flavor of the fresh fruit.
If you’ve tasted sour cherries in the past, it’s probably been in a tart, cobbler or preserves. Since we don’t eat a ton of desserts around here, I wanted to highlight the cherries in a savory recipe.
There are a couple of fish taco stands that we have fallen in love with, one here in in Utah and one in Ventura, California. If you’re within 50 miles of either of them, make the drive. You won’t be sorry. But I can almost guarantee that you won’t find a tart cherry and mango salsa at either fish taco joint, which is reason enough to make these tacos at home!
The salsa is a mixture of tart cherries (I used frozen, defrosted ones, but you could also use fresh or canned tart/sour cherries), mango (see my post on How to: Cut a Mango), lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro and a little agave nectar to sweeten things up. Be sure to allow an extra hour for the salsa to rest so that all of the flavors can meld together.
The taco part is as easy as marinating the fish for 15 minutes, baking it in the oven and flaking it into the warm tortillas, with a crumble of queso fresco. They’re fantastic for entertaining, but work just as well as a weeknight meal.
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So, what did my family think? Well, I was running my kids around to various activities the first time I made these for dinner. Both boys and my husband texted me to say how much they enjoyed them. “The tacos were awesome, Mum! I loved that salsa.” Slam dunk.
Other tart cherry recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Tart Cherry & Peach Sparkler
Cookin’ Canuck’s Wild Rice Salad with Chicken, Dried Cherries & Goat Cheese
Love & Zest’s Chicken Pasta with Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions & Tart Cherries
Lauren’s Latest’s 4th of July Old-Fashioned Mini Cherry Pies
Running to the Kitchen’s BBQ Roast Chicken with Cherry Jalapeño Sauce
Fish Tacos with Tart Cherry & Mango Salsa Recipe
- 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) pitted tart (sour) cherries*
- 1 mango, chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 2 tbsp minced cilantro
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1 1/4 lb. white fish, such as cod or mahi mahi
- 6 taco-sized tortillas, wheat or corn**
- 6 tbsp queso fresco (or feta cheese)
- In a medium glass bowl, stir together the tart cherries, mango, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, agave nectar and salt.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the flavors to combine.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
- In a glass container, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Add the fish, turning to coat with the marinade. Let rest for 15 minutes.
- Transfer the fish to the lined baking sheet. Discard the marinade.
- Bake until the fish is just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filets.
- Let the fish rest until it is cool enough to handle, then flake with your fingers or a fork.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Heat each tortilla until warm, about 10 seconds per side.
- Divide the fish, salsa and cheese evenly between the tortillas. Serve.
**For nutritional information, I used 100 calorie 6-inch flour tortillas.
Weight Watchers Points: 3 (Points+), 4 (Old Points)
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