3 Recipes For Homemade Salsa

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 27, 2015
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If you're looking for a low-calorie snack to munch on this summer, homemade salsa is a great option. When made with fresh ingredients, this condiment provides lots of vitamins and minerals while keeping unwanted fats and salts to a minimum. You can easily whip up one of these three healthy salsa recipes for a gathering with friends or for a mid-afternoon snack.

1. Fresh garden salsa
Pick up these fresh ingredients from a local farmers market to make a delicious traditional salsa. Serve it to friends with tortilla chips for a light afternoon snack. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded if you prefer less heat
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse the mixture until the ingredients are combined. If you prefer chunky salsa, process for less time. However, you can also run the processor for longer if you prefer more of a salsa puree. Transfer the mixture into an airtight container, then refrigerator for an hour before serving. You can store any extra salsa in the fridge for up to a week. 

2. Mango salsa
For a fruity spin on this tasty condiment, try incorporating mangoes into your salsa. In addition to their great taste, mangoes have great amounts of vitamins A, C, B-6 and K, as well as folate. The peak season for this fruit is between March and June, so keep an eye out at your local market. 

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe mango
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded if you prefer less heat
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped mint leaves

Directions
The first step is to peel and dice your mango, which can be challenging if you're not used to handling the slippery fruit. Simple Recipes recommended standing the fruit on its end and cutting down alongside the oblong pit. If your mango is slippery, you can use a paper towel to get a better grip. Once you've removed the flesh from the pit, go ahead and dice the juicy yellow fruit. 

Next, combine the mango pieces and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss the mixture together, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place the salsa in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. This sweet salsa is great with chips or served over a fresh piece of fish. It's a beneficial addition to any senior nutrition plan. 

3. Salsa verde
For a different colored salsa, try this recipe for Hispanic-inspired salsa verde. The spicy dish uses tomatillos instead of regular tomatoes, and that's what gives the condiment its distinctive color. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. tomatillos
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Sea salt and ground cayenne pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the husks from the tomatillos. The fruit will likely be sticky, so rinse and wash them well. Spread them over a baking sheet.

Next, cut the stems off the jalapenos, divide the peppers in half and de-seed if desired. Place the pepper halves on the baking sheet as well. Finally, crush the garlic cloves and lay them on the cooking sheet. Put these ingredients in the oven and allow them to roast for 15 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. 

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow ingredients to cool for a few minutes. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until the salsa is at your desired consistency. This recipe makes a lot of salsa, so you may have to process the ingredients in two batches as not to overwhelm your appliance. Enjoy!