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Spicy orange and pomegranate salsa

This refreshing spicy orange and pomegranate salsa is made with fresh pomegranate arils, orange segments, onion, cilantro, hot pepper, lime juice, orange juice, cumin seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Spicy orange pomegranate salsa

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I originally made this spicy pomegranate orange salsa to serve as a topping for fish. It also works great with shrimp, chicken, and lamb. You can also serve it with tortilla chips or plantain chips. Another option is to serve it on top of classic guacamole to give it a colorful holiday touch.

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Spicy orange pomegranate salsa

Spicy orange and pomegranate salsa

Spicy pomegranate salsa made with pomegranate arils, orange, onion, cilantro, hot pepper, lime juice, orange juice, cumin seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper.
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Course: Garnish, Salsa, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, International, Latin fusion
Keyword: Cumin seeds, Orange, Pomegranate, Spicy, Spicy orange and pomegranate salsa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds or arils from ½ large pomegranate
  • 3 oranges peeled and cut into supreme style segments (all the skin/pith/membranes/seeds removed), plus any remaining juice
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 serrano peppers seeded and membranes removed, finely diced – replace with jalapeños for a milder version or with sweet peppers for a non-spicy variations
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds toasted
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine the pomegranate arils, orange segments, any juice squeezed from the orange membranes, lime juice, diced onion, cilantro, serrano peppers, cumin seeds, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Mix the ingredients for the pomegranate salsa, taste, and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Let the salsa rest refrigerated for about 30 minutes or until ready to use.
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Spicy pomegranate and orange salsa

Step by step preparation photos for spicy orange and pomegranate salsa

Fresh ripe pomegranate to make salsa
Cut the orange into segments removing the membranes and the seeds
Orange supreme segments for a spicy salsa
Combine the ingredients for the spicy orange pomegranate salsa in a bowl
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