Create Your Signature Salsa
Whether you’re a fan of classic tomato salsa or prefer to experiment with fruity or spicy variations, there’s no denying the versatility of this sauce.
So how do you make your own signature salsa that stands out from the rest? There are no hard-set rules for salsa making – you can start with a traditional base of tomatoes or tomatillos, or try a more creative base of pineapple, sweet potato, mango, carrot or whatever you have on hand.
Next, you’ll need an element for some heat, such as fresh or dried peppers. Charring or roasting peppers brings out a smoky flavor.
Add traditional ingredients such as onion, garlic, salt and pepper. While cilantro is a standard addition, you can also try mint, basil, oregano or other herbs. You may also want to add oil to your salsa.
Texture is chef’s choice; for a smooth salsa, prepare in a blender, but if you prefer chunky salsa, hand-chop the ingredients. For a compromise, blend only half the ingredients. You can leave the ingredients raw for a bright, fresh flavor, or cook for a deeper, sweeter taste.
While assembling your salsa, think about balancing the colors and textures, as well as the flavors such as sweet, spicy, salty, sour and savory. Use a splash of lemon and/or lime juice, a drizzle of honey, a handful of roasted corn kernels, or shredded radish or cabbage.
A Sampling of Salsa Suggestions
- Pomegranate, Mango & Black Bean
- Fresh Cherry
- Grilled Zucchini
- Grilled Pineapple & Poblano
Ways to Use Your Signature Salsa
- Spice up shrimp, chicken or pork
- Top pancakes with a sweet salsa rendition
- Incorporate into omelets
- Liven up boring burgers
- Kick up your casseroles
- Customize tacos, burritos or quesadilla dip
- Jazz up slow cooker meals
- Next-level baked potatoes
- Provide unique chili choices
- Create flavorful marinades