More Facts About Salsa

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Salsa might not cross your thoughts very often, but we have both put a lot of thought into it over the years and have some very interesting things to share with you about it.

Salsa literally means “sauce”.  It originated as far back as the Aztec civilization.  Over the past few decades, Americans have been introduced to a massive variety of salsa recipes.  Salsa is very healthy and adds an immense amount of flavor to numerous meals. 

In the grocery stores, one can find multiple varieties of salsa on the shelves.  Just recently, I discovered this as I perused the aisles.  There was everything from peach salsa, roasted garlic, chili pepper, black bean and corn, chipotle, pineapple, and mango salsa.  The salsas are available in a large range of spiciness, also.  There was mild, medium, hot, and fiery salsa on the shelf.  There are also a multitude of companies that make salsa.

Salsa is not only delicious to add to your favorite dishes, it is also very healthy.  Salsa adds a lot of flavor with little or no additional fat.  It is low in calorie and full of vitamins.  The ingredients provide vitamins A and C, as well as potassium.  Salsa is a “condiment” that is beneficial to people that are weight-conscious, due to the fact that it is so low in calories.

It is also a fun, delicious way to eat your vegetables.  Albert Einstein once said, “Nothing will benefit health and increase the chance for survival on Earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  Salsa is so versatile and comes in so many varieties that you could have some every day and not feel repetitive about what you are enjoying on your plate.

One particularly delectable recipe that I discovered recently is a strawberry salsa.  I found this recipe from Chef Adam Hayes in Asheville, North Carolina.

Ingredients:

1 quart fresh strawberries, diced

¼ cup green onions, chopped

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 lime, sliced in half

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

Place strawberries, green onions, and cilantro in a bowl.  Squeeze lime juice and sprinkle salt over the ingredients, then stir everything together.  Serve chilled with tortilla chips.

This is a wonderful, refreshing recipe to serve to guests, especially when the weather is warm and fresh strawberries and fresh cilantro are abundant.

Salsa verde is a particular type of salsa that is green in color.  The green shade comes from the use of green tomatoes, green chilis, or green tomatillos.  In case you are unfamiliar with a tomatillo, it is similar to a tomato, but is smaller, firmer, and tarter in taste.  Usually, tomatillos are roasted if used in a salsa verde recipe.  Provided is a salsa verde recipe that I’ve tried at home and it is always tasty, especially served with enchiladas.

Ingredients:

10 tomatillos, diced and roasted

1 jalapeno, cleaned and chopped (omit for non-spicy salsa or add another for extra spiciness)

½ cup green onion, chopped

½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

¼ cup lime juice, fresh is always best, if available

Sprinkle with salt to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a food processor or in a Vitamix and blend until desired texture.  Best served chilled.

As you can see, salsa can be a splendid addition to your repertoire of food choices.  It is a flavorful choice, comes in a limitless choice of ingredients, uses, and spiciness, and is healthy for you.  It can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and also provides for a wonderful, healthy snack.

Derek