Who doesn't love to dip? Think veggies and hummus, fruit and yogurt, chips and salsa. All are great ways to increase fruit and veggie intake, especially in children. Salsa is a great way to use and enjoy local fresh fruits and veggies.
This fruit salsa uses apples and fresh berries, and pairs well with pre-made or homemade cinnamon tortilla chips. Apples and berries are both good sources of potassium and vitamin C. Potassium helps with muscle contractions and vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds.
Here are a few tips for preparing a fruit salsa:
- Try making your own whole wheat cinnamon tortilla chips to increase whole grain consumption.
- This recipe is best fresh, consider making half the recipe the first time you make it to avoid waste.
- Let your little ones help make this recipe. 2-5 year olds can gather ingredients, rinse produce, and help combine ingredients. Children five and older can use a plastic, kid-friendly knife to help cut soft produce, like the strawberries and kiwi in this recipe.
- If you don't have one of the fruits listed, use what you have. Blueberries or peaches work too. You can also substitute another flavor of fruit preserves.
- Be sure to rinse the fresh fruit under cool running water to avoid foodborne illness.
- Supervise children when they help in the kitchen to ensure they are safe and choose age-appropriate tasks based on their skill level.
Photo by Marusa Jonas
Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
Yield: 15 servings
- 3 kiwi, gently rubbed under cold running water, peeled and diced
- 2 apples, gently rubbed under cold running water, peeled, cored, and diced
- 6 ounces, raspberries, washed gently under cool running water
- 1 pound strawberries, washed gently under cool running water, sliced
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons strawberry fruit preserves
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 10 whole wheat flour tortillas
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- In a large bowl, combine kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, 2 Tablespoons sugar, brown sugar, and fruit preserves. Mix gently.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup sugar with cinnamon.
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Cut tortillas into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Coat one side of each wedge with cooking spray. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Spray again with cooking spray.
- Bake 8-10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Serve with chilled fruit salsa.
- Store leftover salsa in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
- Serving Size (1/15 of recipe):
- Calories 160
- Total Fat 3g
- Saturated Fat 1.5g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 190mg
- Total Carbohydrates 31g
- Fiber 2g
- Total Sugars 15g, includes 6g Added Sugars
- Protein 3g
- Vitamin D 0%
- Calcium 6%
- Iron 6%
- Potassium 4%
Kitchen Activities, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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