Fresh Salsa Recipes
These salsa recipes use fresh and flavorful ingredients, perfect for when the produce packs the farmer's market.
First up, our superfast Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Salsa comes together quickly. Adding the inner veins and seeds from the poblano chile will increase the heat in this salsa. Serve with tortilla chips for a fresh, summery appetizer.
Hatch chiles are long, pointed green chiles from New Mexico that can also be red, yellow, orange, or brown when ripe. They’re only available in August and September, so if you’re a salsa fiend, buy lots, and then roast and freeze them so you can use them throughout the year. They are said to get hotter as they age, so stick with green if you want mildness. The char from broiled vegetables adds smokiness to this simple salsa.
Poblanos are a popular green chile pepper from Mexico. They’re usually mild, but occasionally you’ll get a hot one. Serranos, the most common chile in Mexican cuisine, are smaller and can be bright red or green, with a bright, biting flavor. Broiling chile peppers delivers a tangible smokiness.
Making this recipe is time well spent: You'll be rewarded with lots of smoky-garlicky-peppery sauce, which keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for a couple of months. There are lots of delicious ways to use it: Dip veggies or steamed shrimp in it, use it to flavor omelets, thin it with a little vinegar and water for salad dressing, try it as a sandwich spread, or smear it over pizza dough for a Spanish pie.
Store-bought fruit salsas are often full of preservatives and added sugars. Keep things fresh and healthy with an easy homemade version that comes in at 37 calories per 1/4 cup serving.
View Recipe: Chunky Strawberry-Avocado Salsa
This sweet-tart condiment features crisp, slightly acidic Spartan apples, though Fuji, Jonagold, and Liberty apples would also work nicely. Serve with pork or roast chicken.
This isn't your ordinary salsa. We've thrown chopped walnuts, grated lemon rind and chopped tarragon into the mix to create a bold appetizer that's perfect for summer entertaining.
View Recipe: Summer Squash and Zucchini Salsa