Taste Tested: Bakers’ Gooseberry Salsa Fresca

Some berries are best served sour! Kate picked green gooseberries while she was visiting her parents in Fergus, Ontario and wanted to share them in a recipe. Tart young gooseberries add a fresh twist to this salsa recipe which marries well with grilled fish and seafood tacos, or simply served with tortilla chips.

“My family has transplanted a gooseberry bush for two generations, migrating to our homes in Kenora, Peterborough, Stoney Creek, Grimsby, and Fergus. One day I hope to plant one in my own garden so that I can make my own gooseberry salsas and jams.”


Recipe: Bakers’ Gooseberry Salsa Fresca

With hot summer weather comes the need for easy, no-cook condiments and sides. Take your basic salsa up a notch with the addition of green gooseberries for a refreshing dip.


  • 1 cup Ontario gooseberries
  • 1 cup Ontario cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 of one medium Ontario sweet or red onion
  • 1 small jalapeno (more or less, to your liking)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup Ontario cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. 1. Top and tail gooseberries.
  2. 2. In a food processor, pulse gooseberries, tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno until finely chopped.
  3. 3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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