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Whip up crowd-pleasing party food with this fresh salsa recipe
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This is not so much a recipe as a reminder that no one should be eating salsa from a jar this time of year. Tomatoes are at their peak and if you know how to operate a knife you have all the skills necessary to whip up a batch of beautiful, fresh salsa. Add a bag of chips and you’ve got a party! I sometimes like to add a little extra sweetness to my salsa by adding some fresh pineapple. If you don’t have pineapple, peaches or mangoes make a fine substitute.
Chop a couple of vine-ripened tomatoes, 2 or 3 scallions, and some fresh pineapple and toss into a bowl. Add a generous squeeze of lime juice and a handful of chopped fresh cilantro. Taste, adding more lime juice, cilantro, or salt, as desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
Here are some simple variations. Got a favorite salsa recipe? I’d love to hear from you.
• Omit the pineapple and add fresh corn kernels, rinsed and drained canned black beans, and a dash of cumin.
• Omit the tomatoes and add a diced cucumber and a little finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper.
• Add chopped red or yellow bell peppers.
• Omit the pineapple and add a chopped avocado and a finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper.
• Combine in a blender: ½ pound coarsely chopped tomatillos, a garlic clove, a tablespoon chopped fresh Serrano chile, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons water and a pinch of salt. Puree until smooth.
• Omit the tomatoes, add a little chopped green bell pepper and about ½ teaspoon minced (canned) chipotle chile in adobo sauce.
• Experiment with other fresh herbs. I often use thyme or basil in salsa. Sometimes I mix chopped red and yellow tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, quartered bocconcini mozzarella, and oil-cured black olives. Is it still a salsa or has it turned into a Caprese-style chopped salad? Who cares! It’s delicious, fresh, a snap to make, and your guests will love it! However, you may want to drizzle this one with olive oil and serve it with crostini instead of chips.
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