Summer is the time for nature’s bounty, and whether you’re a gardening aficionado, or you prefer to pick your produce at the local farmers’ market, chances are your kitchen is overflowing with fruits and veggies. And what better way to put them to use than by making fresh salsa?
Keep the good vibes rolling and spice up your salsa game with these five essential recipes.
#1: Keeping with the classics.
There’s no better starting point for salsa than a classic red. This restaurant-style salsa is perfect with chips, on tacos, or as a great addition to any other Mexican dish. Plus, you can vary the flavor to your heart’s content, customizing it however you like for desired spice, sweetness, or zest.
#2: Variety with verde.
Whether you’re making enchiladas or adding some variety to your chips and dip selection, salsa verde is a rich, green selection that will lighten up any meal you pair it with. Best of all, it’s simple to make, with this recipe only requiring five ingredients.
#3: Sweet, spicy, and oh so satisfying.
If you’re looking for a blend of sweet and spicy (and you’ve got plenty of fruit on hand), give this chunky mango salsa a go. The salsa pairs great with fish tacos, balancing out the flavor of the fish with the sweetness of the mangos, and like all salsas, is perfect paired with a big bowl of tortilla chips.
#4: Red, white, and blueberry.
Maybe you haven’t quite finished celebrating Independence Day, or maybe you’re just looking for an extra reason to use all those blueberries you picked up at the farmers’ market last week. Whatever your reasoning, this fruit-filled, delightfully patriotic blueberry salsa pairs perfectly with grilled meats, fish tacos, or a good old-fashioned bag of chips so you can end your summer with a bang.
#5: For the bravest of taste buds.
There’s spicy, and then there’s ghost pepper spicy. Challenge your friends to a spice-off with this fiery ghost pepper salsa. The recipe is simple (only six ingredients) but packs plenty of punch.
Whether you’re feeling adventurous and want something spicy, or you’re after the most sweet and mellow of salsas, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to utilize all those fruits and veggies you picked up this summer. As a bonus, you’re likely to wow your friends and family, too. So get creative, get cooking, and enjoy these easy-to-make recipes.