Bosc pears make a fantastic ingredient for a unique salsa. They have their own delicately sweet flavor without being too sweet; plus, they're crunchy, so they maintain their structure even when chopped into a salsa, and they work well with herbs and spices.

The brightness that mint adds to this recipe is not to be underestimated — it is a key ingredient. However, mint can be overwhelming, so feel free to add a little at a time, tasting as you go to make sure you don't overpower the other flavors.

Adapted from epicurious.

Pear and serrano salsa on a tortilla chip

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Total time: 15 minutes 

Yield: 1 medium bowl of salsa

Pear and Serrano Salsa: Vegan recipe


  • 3 Bosc pears (firm but ripe), cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced (leave seeds in for full spice)
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar
Cooking directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust lime, or add a little salt or pepper according to your preference. Serve within a couple hours of making it, and enjoy!

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Vegan Pear and Serrano Salsa
Bosc pears make a fantastic ingredient for a unique salsa.