Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root
Something about summer says, “Salsa!” to me. My idea of the perfect picnic or barbecue is one involving a plethora of grilled meats and veggies, as well as multiple types of salsa for the ultimate fresh and flavorful experience.
Homemade salsa is incredibly quick and easy to prepare, and is also very versatile. One of my favorite parts about salsa is it can act as both a dip and a condiment. Whipping up a fresh salsa and serving it with tortilla chips is my go-to for sharing with friends at a barbecue. I’m also a big fan of the chips-and-salsa situation for tiding me over while I cook dinner.
In addition to being the perfect appetizer, salsa is a marvelous topping to spruce up any meal. I love adding fresh salsa to just about any grilled entre. Fresh-off-the-grill burgers, chicken, seafood, veggies, etc. are typically served with a homemade salsa on top. I’ve also been known to prepare salsas simply for the sake of adding them to a green salad. The fresh flavors of the salsa dress up any salad, creating a flavorful side dish or entrée.
Salsa is one of the simplest flavor-adding dishes to prepare. All it requires is chopping (or blending) fresh fruit and/or veggies, and adding minced garlic, jalapeno, and fresh lime juice for some heat and tang. BOOM! That’s it! While I’m all about a tomato (or tomatillo)-based salsa, I also adore fruit salsas.
Chips and salsa for dinner doesn’t seem so bad when it involves fresh ingredients like black beans, mango, and avocado!
- 1 (14-oz.) can Simple Truth organic black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 2 small avocados, peeled and diced
- ⅓ cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, or to taste
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- Dump a can of beans into a colander, rinse with lukewarm water, and transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Add all of the ingredients for the salsa to a mixing bowl and toss together. Taste the salsa and add more lime juice and/or sea salt to taste. Serve as a dip with chips, or as a condiment on top of grilled chicken, fish, tacos, etc.