Tuesday, July 2, 2013

summer salsa


Over the past few years I have been falling in love more and more with southern hospitality. Being born and raised in Georgia I think I have always taken such a wonderful thing for granted. When Jim's grandparents came in town with a giant bucket of peaches, tomatoes, bags of boiled peanuts and a made from scratch pound cake I was once again reminded of how wonderful southern customs are. On top of that Jim came home from work with a watermelon, cantaloupe, more peaches and more tomatoes and I am officially in love. It is a special place to live where a kind person drops by a truck load of veggies for everyone to take what they like (I want to be that person one day). Well with the plethora of tomatoes and peaches I thought it might be time to make my first batch of salsa this summer. Homemade salsa is no doubt my favorite summer staple. It goes so far beyond a simple dip at our house. I love it on black bean cakeshuevos rancheros or just on simple tacos. I rarely use any sort of recipe but take what I have on hand and follow these few steps.


1. Start with garlic and onions. I start most of recipes with these two components not just because they are delicious but because they are surprisingly healthy. Both help your body detox, prevent cancer and lower cholesterol. As far as what kind of onion, it completely depends what I have on hand. Anything from red to Vidalia to scallions works for me.


2. Spicy or Sweet? Once I finish my base it's time to choose what direction to head. For this recipe I had all sweet ingredients so I used tomatoes, peaches and a sweet red bell pepper. I also love the kick a jalapeƱo adds or serrano peppers are fun too. You can substitute mango for peach if you have that on hand.


3. Add a little acid. I usually use a lemon or lime but sometimes I will add in Apple Cider Vinegar for a some variety.


4. Pick your herbs. Herbs are a great way to add flavor without adding calories. They are delicious and super healthy. Cilantro is usually my favorite for salsa but I also love adding mint to a sweet salsa.


 5. Adding protein. I am always looking for ways to add protein to my meals so salsa is no exception for this. Adding these last few elements is my favorite way to make my salsa even healthier. I will add in an avocado, beans, nuts or seeds depending on what I have on hand.


6. The final touch. Top it off with a little sea salt and let it sit for a little while (if you can) and allow the flavors to mingle for the best first bite.


3 comments:

  1. Wow this looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  2. oh yum! so many colors and flavors - how wonderful for summer. i think all it needs is some fresh or toasted pita bread and this is perfect.

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